What does an Oscar-winning actor do with time on his hands? Team up with cartoonist Dix to tell the story of a vengeful 17 th-century peasant
You may not think you know Dulle Griet but you probably do- she’s the breastplated peasant striding across a war-torn land towards the mouth of hell in one of the most famous paintings by the 16 th-century Flemish master Bruegel the Elder. Bertolt Brecht ensure her as his own Mother Courage-” the Fury defending her pathetic household goods with the sword. The world at the end of its tether .”
Jim Broadbent‘s version of her is rather different.” She’s a plain woman whose misfortune is to look like me ,” says the actor, whose dignified recent screen roles, such as the curmudgeonly camera seller in Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending or the tragic Gloucester in Richard Eyre’s King Lear, can lead one to overlook an important biographical detail: he cut his acting teeth in the 1980 s as one half of a grandiosely named slapstick duo, the National Theatre of Brent, hamming it up as Marie Antoinette or the Virgin Mary in uproarious re-enactments of the Bible and the French revolution.