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Bowie – In Bertolt Brecht's BAAL (10-Inch EP)
Brecht wrote Baal, his first full-length play, in 1918, yet it was not performed in public until 1923. The BBC adaptation was directed by Alan Clarke, who was best known for his social realism works for television and cinema. Clarke envisaged a stark television version of Baal, using split-screen effects.
The play was adapted for the small screen by John Willett, produced by Louis Marks and directed by Alan Clarke. The three approached David Bowie after noting his performance as the lead in The Elephant Man, and correctly guessed that the singer had an interest in Brecht and Weimer-era Germany. To their delight he readily agreed to appear in the play.
Four weeks of rehearsals took place in Acton, London, before the week-long shoot from 8-12 August 1981. It was first broadcast by the BBC the following March, and the EP David Bowie In Bertolt Brecht’s Baal was released to coincide. Bowie's performance as Baal was transmitted on 2 March 1982, and RCA issued the EP to coincide with this. Both the play and EP were well received, with the latter reaching No. 29 in the UK chart - a commendable placing considering the unconventional nature.
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