[email protected] to showcase the best in Indian theatre, dance and music at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

As part of the UK-India Year of Culture in 2017, the Indian High Commission, the Ministry of Culture, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and leading Indian festival producer Teamwork Arts are bringing a selection of some of the best in Indian theatre, dance and music to Edinburgh’s Festivals this August.

India and the UK, bound together through history and shared values of democracy, rule of law and pluralism, share a strong and multi-faceted partnership with deep cooperation across various fields including economics, business, science, and culture. The UK-India Year of Culture follows the joint announcement in 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then-Prime Minister David Cameron of a bilateral initiative to mark the deep cultural ties and the 70th anniversary of India’s Independence; a commitment that was reiterated during Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to India in November 2016.

The Year of Culture is a year-long celebration of this partnership between India and the UK, and will see a vast programme of cultural exchange and activity taking place in cities across both countries. This will include programmes celebrating India’s heritage and contemporary culture as part of the dynamic [email protected]festival.

One of the major strands included in the festival is India @ Edinburgh, which will showcase the fascinating and timeless appeal of Indian theatre, dance and music at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and in some of the most popular venues on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


This strand will showcase some of the best music, dance and theatre that India has to a variety of audiences.

At The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Teamwork Arts have worked together with the Tattoo Production team and the Indian Government to showcase the best military band in India today, The Naval Band, whose performances have enthralled audiences in faraway places such as Rabat, Tokyo, Sydney, Odessa, Istanbul and London. Teamed up with a troupe of dancers portraying the festival culture of India’s Western seaports the scale of the Indian presence is set to be one of the biggest seen at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Director and performer Yuki Ellias weaves a web of intrigue and a tale of epic adventure in Elephant in the Room paying homage to Lord Ganapati. This wonderful play for children and families was among the most acclaimed in India last year. At the Assembly Rooms, this summer Edinburgh audiences have the opportunity to experience it in the UK for the first time.

Director Yuki Ellias graduated from the Jacques Lecoq School of Theatre, Paris and London school of Performing Arts. An energetic, enthusiastic and warm performer, movement director and filmmaker she had wanted to make Elephant in the Room for three years.

Yuki Ellias said “It is a story about a boy who has an elephant head and is in search of his missing one. This journey of his brings in its wake the story of identity, patriarchy and the idea of the balance between God, man and nature.”

Aditya Roy is bringing his storytelling born out of martial arts training in the tale of The Offering, showing this August at C Royale. At its core, The Offering is the story of the relationship between the Guru and the Shishya, or Master and Student.

Aditya Roy is a writer, director, musician and martial artist. He was introduced to theatre at the age of four. His main focus has been on martial arts. But Aditya spent three years as assistant director of the musical production Zangoora – The Gypsy Prince at the Kingdom of Dreams during which time he started looking for ways to integrate martial arts with theatre through movement workshops.

Aditya Roy said “The Offering was written by me and my mother, who inspired me to go into Martial arts by telling me stories of warriors from the past. Warriors who stood for more than their ability to just take lives.”

Telling the tale of Majuli, the world’s largest and stunning river island in Assam’s mighty Brahmaputra river, through an evocative narrative of movement, dance, music, and theatre Shilpika Bordoloi celebrates the spirit of Majuli and the intricate bond between people and their land at Edinburgh’s Dance Base.

Born in a quiet corner of Assam (Dhemaji) and brought up in Jorhat, Assam, Shilpika Bordoloi has always been headed for a life of dance. From the age of three, she trained at the Indian classical dance form of Manipuri under Guru Rathindra Sinha and later on with Padmashree Darshana Jhaveri. She went on to study the Indian classical dance Bharatanatyam under Padmashree Leela Samson and later worked in her company, Spandan. Shilpika has deliberately not trained in any of the Western dance forms allowing her to generate her own language.

Shilpika Bordoloi said “This production is an earnest effort to share the story of Majuli through a personal vocabulary of movement, dance and theatre. The island has fascinated me from my early childhood days through frequent boat rides that I shared with my father.”

Casting announced for Certain Young Men at the National Theatre

National Theatre

The National Theatre will mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales by staging its first Queer Theatre event series from 6 – 10 July 2017.

A group of world-class actors and directors will look at how theatre has charted the LGBT+ experience through a series of rehearsed readings and post-show discussions in the Lyttelton Theatre.

The third play in the NT’s Queer Theatre series of rehearsed readings is Certain Young Men by Peter Gill. First staged in 1999, Certain Young Men will be performed on Saturday 8th July 7.30pm in the Lyttelton Theatre.

‘To be really queer you have to have someone nail your foreskin to a piece of wood and generally kick up a bit of a fuss.’ As the new millennium approaches, four gay couples illuminate the differences within the ‘gay community’. Is gay life defined by living in coupled suburban bliss or chasing casual sex?

Certain Young Men cast includes:

Jonathan Bailey (Andrew), Ben Batt (Tony), Oliver Chris (David), Billy Howle (Michael),

Lorne MacFadyen (Stewart), Stephen Rashbrook (stage direction), Brian Vernel (Terry) Toby Wharton (Christopher).

Free post show talks will follow each reading exploring the issues in the plays and the wider context for the LGBT+ community. The Certain Young Men post-show discussion includes: Director Peter Gill, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and online blogger Justin Myers (The Guyliner).

The NT’s Queer Theatre event series is hosted in partnership with Pride in London and includes:

  • Neaptide by Sarah Daniels, directed by Sarah Frankcom, Thursday 6 July, 7.30pm
  • Wig Out! written and directed by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Friday 7 July, 7.30pm
  • Certain Young Men written and directed by Peter Gill, Saturday 8 July, 7.30pm
  • Bent by Martin Sherman, directed by Stephen Daldry, Sunday 9 July, 2.30pm
  • The Drag by Mae West, directed by Polly Stenham, Monday 10 July, 7.30pm.

Making its West End debut at Trafalgar Studios Stage Traffic Productions presents Late Company by award-winning Canadian Playwright Jordan Tannahill

Late Company

‘Enthralling. A terrific play. Go!.’  The Times ★★★★

 Late Company weighs heavily on your mind in the days following the performance. This is theatre in its purest form.’ The Independent ★★★★

 ‘Powerful new drama about the devastating aftershocks of cyber bullying. Superb.’

Time Out ★★★★

Late Company

Late Company

Following its critically acclaimed and sold-out European premiere at Finborough Theatre in April/May 2017, Stage Traffic’s production of Late Company, by the award-winning playwright Jordan Tannahill, will transfer for its West End debut at Trafalgar Studios 2 for a strictly limited run from 21 August – 16 September 2017, with press night on Thursday 24 August.

 A successful middle-class couple’s lives are irrevocably changed after their teenage son is mercilessly bullied for being gay. In an attempt to “move on” they invite his chief tormentor, and his parents, to a dinner party.

 Far from finding the peace they seek, the dinner strips bare their good intentions to reveal layers of parental, sexual, and political hypocrisy.

 Written with sensitivity and humour, Late Company explores restorative justice, cyber bullying, and the ever-changing complexities of parenthood in the 21st century.

 Jordan Tannahill, playwright said, “I wrote Late Company in the wake of an incident in my hometown of Ottawa, Canada that touched me deeply as a gay youth in my early twenties. It was a piece I intended to share with my group of friends; a means of venting anger and seeking some kind of reckoning. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it would make its way to West End. It is an honour to share this production with London audiences.”

Proudly in support of the new production CEO of CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), Simon Gunning explains, “Late Company is a powerful play that centres around the highly difficult themes of bullying, suicide, sexuality, and family dynamics. These themes are insightfully handled; there is a sensitivity and awareness that does not shy away from a harsh reality. CALM is proud to support a show that starts the conversation of stigma surrounding mental health, as well as the dark side of social media and high-school hierarchy. Suicide is the biggest killer of young men in the UK, and those who are bereaved by suicide face a brutal journey. This confrontational play is beautifully cast, acted, and directed; and will certainly help to spread the word about the devastation of suicide.”

 The production is directed by Michael Yale, with set and costumes by Zahra Mansouri, lighting by Nic Farman and sound by Chris Prosho. The full and original cast for Late Company will be reprising their roles in the production including Todd Boyce (Michael), David Leopold (Curtis), Alex Lowe (Bill), Lucy Robinson (Debora) and Lisa Stevenson (Tamara).


Todd Boyce’s (Michael Shaun-Hastings) theatre credits includes The Exorcist (Birmingham Rep), The Last of the Boys (Southwark Playhouse), Hamlet (The Young Vic), The Women of Lockerbie (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), Glyn and It (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford), Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf (South Australian Theatre Company), The Normal Heart (Sydney Theatre Company), Limited Edition (Sydney Dance Company), Lovers from Hell (Ovalhouse), Dr Faustus (Sydney Theatre Company) and The Exonerated (Riverside Studios). His TV credits include Mr Selfridge, Sherlock, The Crown, In Clear Sight, Coronation Street, Spooks, Beaver Falls, Hollyoaks, Adventures Inc, Broken News, Comfort Zone and The Restless Years. His film work includes Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, In Clear Sight, Kick Ass 2, The Gatekeeper, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Everest, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Spygame, Jefferson in Paris, The Punisher, Blue Ice, Penelope and The Delinquents.

David Leopold’s (Curtis Dermot) theatre credits include Muted (Bunker Theatre), Burnt Part Boys (Park Theatre), Soho Young Playwrights (Soho Theatre), Little Sure Shot (Theatre Royal Bath), Uncle Vanya (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Polar Bears (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and The Crucible (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Alex Lowe’s (Bill Dermot) theatre work includes Fatal Attraction (Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Changeling (Young Vic), The Girlfriend Experience (Royal Court Theatre/Young Vic), Blue Orange (Watford Palace Theatre), The Missing Hancocks (The Assembly Rooms Edinburgh), The New Power Generation (Live Nation), The Trial of Dennis the Menace (Purcell Rooms), The Barry from Watford Show (Watford Palace Theatre), The Tempest (Stafford Castle) and Uncle Vanya (Renaissance Theatre Company). His TV work includes Open All Hours, Unforgotten, Cheap Cheap Cheap, The Job Lot, Pompidou, Barry’s Bucket List, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, The IT Crowd, Casualty, Peep Show, Peter Kay Project, Lead Balloon, French and Saunders, Bremner Bird and Fortune, Saxondale, The Thick of It, Documental, New Tricks. His film work includes The Devil Outside, Grimsby, My Week with Marilyn, Haunted, Much Ado About Nothing and Peter’s Friends. Alex’s radio work includes Barry’s Lunch Club, Before They Were Famous, Clare in the Community, Trapped and The Brothers.

Lucy Robinson’s (Debora Shaun-Hastings) theatre work includes Waste (National Theatre), The Hard Problem (National Theatre), Handbagged (Vaudeville Theatre), Sweet Bird of Youth (The Old Vic), In the Next Room (Theatre Royal Bath), Cause Celebre (The Old Vic), Blithe Spirit (Nottingham Playhouse), Happy Now? (Gate Theatre), Macbeth (Octagon Theatre, Bolton), An Ideal Husband (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Top Girls (Octagon Theatre, Bolton), The Hypochondriac (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and The Miser (Chichester Festival Theatre). Her film credits include Highway to Dhampus, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Bridget Jones, The Edge of Reason and The Biographer. Her television work includes Cold Feet, The Hollow Crown, Call the Midwife, Being Human, Missing, Doctor Who, New Tricks, The IT Crowd, Holby City, Coronation Street, Doc Martin. Rosemary and Thyme, Casualty, The Royal and Lewis.

Lisa Stevenson’s (Tamara Dermot) theatre includes Warhorse (National Theatre), Measure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company), Richard III (RoyalShakespeare Company), A Streetcar Named Desire (The Young Vic), Romeo and Juliet (Globe Theatre), Henry V (Globe Theatre), Autumn and Winter (Globe Theatre), The Mikado (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), Boston Marriage (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), Comfort Me With Apples (Hampstead Theatre), Hayfever (Oxford Stage Company), Factors Unforeseen (Orange tree Theatre, Richmond), Comedy of Errors (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Rita Sue and Bob Too (Out of Joint), Explicit Polaroids (Out of Joint) and King Lear (Bristol Old Vic). Her television work includes Dixi, Obsession: Dark Desire, EastEnders, Doctors, Holby City, Murder in Mind, The Message, Casualty, The Bill, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, John Judge Deed, Keen Eddie and Heartbeat. Her film credits include Dead House Six and The Football Factory and radio work includes Listening to the Dead: Ruby’s Shoes/Tuesday’s Child, Being Brave and Listen to the Words.


Casting announced for THE STEPMOTHER at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre

The Stepmother

Casting has been announced for Richard Eyre’s production of THE STEPMOTHER by Githa Sowerby. The distinguished company is David Bark-Jones, Kaye Brown, Simon Chandler, Joanna David, Will Keen (as Eustace Gaydon), Ophelia Lovibond (as Lois Relph), Macy Nyman, Eve PonsonbySamuel Valentine and Sharon Wattis. The production runs at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre from 11 August – 9 September, with a press night on 17 August.

  1. A comfortable house in Surrey. When the orphaned Lois Relph accepts a marriage proposal from an older man, Eustace Gaydon, she believes she’s been rescued from an uncertain future. Establishing a successful business as a dress designer, Lois leaves her fortune in her husband’s hands.

But when one of her devoted step-daughters needs her help, Lois is forced to address what drew Eustace to her in the first place – and, at last, to face the dark truth at the heart of her marriage.

This gripping drama is a searing look at manipulation, money and matrimony. What price a woman’s autonomy within a man’s world?

Playwright Githa Sowerby’s most famous play, Rutherford and Son, is acknowledged as one of the most influential plays of the 20th century.

Richard Eyre returns to Chichester to direct this rediscovered gem; formerly Director of the National Theatre, his work at Chichester includes The Pajama Game and The Last Cigarette, while recent productions also include his award-winning revival of Ghosts (Almeida, West End & New York).

Ophelia Lovibond plays Lois Relph; best known for the television series W1A, Elementary and Hooten and The Lady, her theatre work includes The Libertine in the West End and The Effect at Sheffield Crucible, while films include Guardians of the Galaxy and Tommy’s Honour.

Will Keen makes his Chichester debut as Eustace Gaydon. His recent television work includes The Crown, Wolf Hall, Sherlock and The Three Musketeers, while his extensive theatre work includes Pastor Manders in Richard Eyre’s award-winning production of Ghosts (Almeida, West End and New York).

The production will be designed by Tim Hatley, with lighting by Peter Mumford and sound by John Leonard.

 The Stepmother is sponsored by Hentys Corporate.


Pre-Show Talk with Richard Eyre Wednesday 16 August, 6pm

Free but booking essential.

 Post-Show Talk                                Tuesday 29 August

Stay after the performance to ask questions, meet company members and discover more. Free.


Box Office 01243 781312

Online cft.org.uk

 Tickets from £20. Prologue tickets for 16 – 25 year olds for £5.

Press night: Thursday 17 August

First Look: Jeremy Deller’s What Is The City But The People?, Opening Event Of Manchester International Festival


Made In China, Unicorn Theatre Interview: “Double Double Act is for big stages and adventurous child audiences.”

Double Double Act

Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman extends West End run until 6 January 2018 due to overwhelming demand

The Ferryman
The Ferryman

The Ferryman – Artwork Design by Dewynters. Photo by Johan Persson

  • Following unanimous critical acclaim and overwhelming demand for tickets Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman, directed by Sam Mendes, will today extend its run at the Gielgud Theatre until 6 January 2018.  Tickets for the extension go on sale today at 10am.
  • £12 Day seats including the entire front row are available for each performance from 10.30am in person at the Gielgud Theatre Box office

The producers, Sonia Friedman Productions, Neal Street Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions, have announce that Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman, directed by Sam Mendes, will extend its run at the Gielgud Theatre until 6 January 2018.  The production won widespread critical acclaim when it opened at the Royal Court and was the fastest selling show in the theatre’s history.  This phenomenal success has continued at the Gielgud Theatre where it has been playing to sold-out houses, with early morning queues on Shaftesbury Avenue for the £12 day seats each day.

The Ferryman is directed by Sam Mendes, designed by Rob Howell, with lighting by Peter Mumford, and sound and original music by Nick Powell. Full casting for the extension will be confirmed soon.


Sonia Friedman Productions, Neal Street Productions 
& Royal Court Theatre Productions 
with Rupert Gavin, Gavin Kalin Productions, Ron Kastner and Tulchin Bartner Productions
The Ferryman

By Jez Butterworth
Directed by Sam Mendes

Designer Rob Howell
Lighting Designer Peter Mumford
Composer & Sound Designer Nick Powell

Casting Director Amy Ball CDG

Gielgud Theatre
Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London W1D 6AR
Until 6 January 2018
Box Office: 0844 482 5130*
*calls cost up to 7p per minute plus your standard network charge
Monday to Saturday 7.00pmWednesday and Saturday matinees 1.30pm
There will be no performances on Christmas Day or Boxing Day and extra performances added – check online for full details.

Day seats will be available to purchase at £12 for every performance from 10.30am at the Box Office in person
Premium tickets are available

Age Guidance 14+ Contains strong language

Twitter: @TheFerrymanPlay
Facebook: /TheFerrymanPlay

Tony Campion drama Wreck premieres at Nottingham Playhouse – September 2017



An easy-going Nottingham lad boards a train, fresh from visiting his girlfriend. His world is flipped upside down when the train never completes its journey.
As first impressions derail and his stories of what happened veer off course, can we trust him to lead us to the truth? Can we trust ourselves to see it?

Wreck is an edge-of-your-seat, fast-paced drama about a young man suddenly thrust into the most desperate of circumstances.

Written by Leicester poet Toby Campion, winner of the 2015 Fifth Word Most Promising Playwright Award, this emotionally raw thriller will challenge your perceptions of our world and the stories behind the headlines.

Making her directorial debut at Nottingham Playhouse, Alexandra Moxon, Director of Wreck, said: “I am delighted to be back in my home town Nottingham after a year away training at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. I feel incredibly fortunate to be welcomed back to Nottingham Playhouse to direct my first piece of work, since completing my MA in Directing, and I am very much looking forward to returning to the Playhouse.”

Playwright, Toby Campion said: “I am hugely honoured to have received the Fifth Word Theatre award for Most Promising Playwright and I am very excited that Wreck is being put on at Nottingham Playhouse. Wreck was the first play I ever wrote. The idea came to me when I was travelling by train back from Edinburgh, where I was living at the time, to Leicester, where I grew up. The play deals with grief, suspicion and fear through the story of one young man who is caught up in a situation beyond his control, in which he becomes more and more embroiled. I hope to take the audience on a journey, one which is as gripping and unpredictable for them as it is for our protagonist who narrates it.”

Neville Studio
Wednesday 20 September – Saturday 30 September
Evenings 8pm
Matinees 2pm
Press Night Thursday 21 September 7pm
0115 941 9419

Alexandra Moxon
Since graduating from her degree in Theatre and Performance at the University of Warwick, Alex spent several years at Nottingham Playhouse, working extensively in participation and outreach. Whilst there, she wrote and produced a series of pantomimes that toured to a local care home for those with dementia and became project manager on Wave, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, for young people with learning disabilities and autism. Alex also assisted with the coordination of the Introduction to Directing course at Nottingham Playhouse as funded by the Regional Theatre Young Directors’ Scheme. Alex has recently completed an MA in Drama Directing at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Alex’s credits include: The Duchess of Malfi(Nottingham Playhouse), The Snow Queen (Bristol Old Vic), Our Town (Circomedia) and Under Milk Wood (West Country Tour) as Assistant Director and, as Director, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School) and Sex with a Stranger (Directors’ Cut Season, Bristol).

Toby Campion
Described by BBC Sunday Politics as “the voice of a generation”, Toby Campion is the current UK National Poetry Slam Champion. Raised in the Midlands, Toby performs his poetry internationally and his unapologetic words and wit have captured audiences at iconic UK venues, from the Royal Albert Hall to Glastonbury festival. Director of UniSlam and UK representative for a number of international literature events, Toby’s debut collection will be published in October with Burning Eye Books.

Nottingham Playhouse has been one of the United Kingdom’s leading producing theatres since its foundation in 1948. It welcomes over 130,000 ticket buyers through its doors annually and has an additional footfall of 170,000 visitors to participation events and to Anish Kapoor’s stunning Sky Mirror. It creates productions large and small, from timeless classics and enthralling family shows to adventurous new commissions, often touring work nationally and internationally. Its production of The Kite Runner has had two West End’s transfers, at both the Wyndham’s and Playhouse Theatres and will embark on a UK tour in 2017.
Fifth Word is an associate company at Nottingham Playhouse and is run by joint artistic directors Laura Ford and Angharad Jones. They produce and tour ambitious new plays from the most exciting voices around the UK. Fifth Word’s most recent productions include: All The Little Lights by Jane Upton (UK tour, 2016), Bones by Jane Upton (Edinburgh festival, 2011, UK tour, 2012), and Amateur Girl by Amanda Whittington (UK tour 2014).

Kneehigh announce full casting on Carl Grose’s adaptation of Günter Grass’s masterpiece The Tin Drum

The Tin Drum
The Tin Drum

The Tin Drum

One of the defining novels of the 20th Century, Günter Grass’ dazzling tour de force, The Tin Drum will be brought to thrilling theatrical life by Kneehigh in a touring co-production with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse. It will open to press at Liverpool Everyman and then transfer to West Yorkshire Playhouse before travelling to Bristol, Cornwall and finishing in London’s Shoreditch Town Hall.

On Oskar’s third birthday he rails against the adult world and decides to remain a child forever. Armed with a heart full of rage, a singing voice that shatters glass, and a seemingly indestructible tin drum, Oskar sets about to reveal the world for what it truly is.  However, the world has other plans for our hero…

 A folktale for troubled times: The Tin Drum is a dark, burlesque comic extravaganza, which is at once daringly provocative, political and profound.

 The full ensemble cast is Nandi Bhebhe, Les Bubb, Dom Coyote, Damon Daunno, Rina Fatania, Angela Hardie, Bettrys Jones, Patrycja Kujawska, Beverly Rudd and Sarah Wright.  The musicians are Ross Hughes, Alex Lupo and Ruth Wall.

The production reunites Kneehigh regulars Nandi Bhebhe, Dom Coyote, Rina Fatania, Patrycja Kujawska, Beverly Rudd and Sarah Wright, who have variously appeared in Tristan and YseultBrief EncounterDead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) and946. The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips.

Directed by Mike Shepherd, The Tin Drum is written by Kneehigh Artistic Associate Carl Grose with music by renowned composer Charles Hazlewood, who is also a Kneehigh Associate Artist.

Kneehigh’s Artistic Director Mike Shepherd said ‘I am thrilled to have reassembled the creative team behind Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) to make a new version of Günter Grass’ extraordinary novel The Tin Drum. Our iconic anti-hero, Oskar, will lead us through a world as delicate as moth’s wings and as incandescent as a blazing saw mill. A grand musical satire, it promises to be furious, funny and fiercely full of hope – a story very much for now’

Often hailed as one of the greatest novels ever written, Günter Grass’ surreal post-war masterpiece has never been more prescient. Kneehigh will retell this extraordinary story of love, war and fizz powder as a startling musical satire. Part Baroque opera, part psychedelic white-out, part epic poem: a burlesque, a blitzkrieg, a tsunami.  Prepare to dance to the beat of a different drum!

Kneehigh, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse presents


Based on the novel by Gunter Grass

Written by Carl Grose

Composer and Music Direction by Charles Hazlewood

Directed by Mike Shepherd

Designed by Naomi Dawson with lighting by Malcolm Rippeth and sound by Ian Davies.

Choreography by Etta Murfitt and Puppet direction by Sarah Wright

 Thursday 28 September to Saturday 14 October 2017 (Liverpool Everyman)



Tuesday 17 October to Saturday 28 October 2017 (West Yorkshire Playhouse)



The Tin Drum

Thursday 28 September to Saturday 14 October 2017

Liverpool Everyman

Tickets: 0151 709 4776


17 October to Saturday 28 October 2017

West Yorkshire Playhouse

Tickets: 0113 213 7700


 Tuesday 7 to Saturday 18 November 2017

Bristol Old Vic

Tickets: 0117 987 7877


Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 November 2017

Hall for Cornwall

Tickets: 01872 262466


Tuesday 5 to Saturday 23 December 2017

Shoreditch Town Hall

Tickets: 020 7739 6176




‘We’re here because we’re here’ nominated for National Lottery Awards 2017

‘We’re here because we’re here’
‘We’re here because we’re here’

‘We’re here because we’re here’

We’re here because we’re here’, the modern memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, Artistic Director of the National Theatre, has been nominated for a prestigious National Lottery Award.  ‘We’re here because we’re here’ left a lasting impression on millions of people in the UK and humanised the great loss of life in the First World War.

The public are invited to vote for We’re here because we’re here’, which is nominated for the “Best Heritage Project” award. The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects. The winners are decided by public vote.

The National Theatre was one of 26 organisations across the UK who collaborated on the project with 14-18 NOW – the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary. We’re here because we’re here saw nearly 1400 voluntary participants dressed in First World War uniform appear unexpectedly in locations across the UK. The work was experienced by over 30 million people.

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Jenny Waldman said: “I am delighted that this powerful artwork has been nominated for a National Lottery Award. I would like to thank the artists and creative team, the 26 theatres and hundreds of volunteers who made the event possible. The work was a moving tribute to the men who died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and had a profound impact on those who saw it.”

The National Theatre is also currently celebrating ‘We’re here because we’re here’, with a unique exhibition presented by original project collaborators 14-18 NOW and the National Theatre. Multi award-winning‘We’re here because we’re here’ took place on 1 July 2016 when more than 1400 voluntary participants in First World War uniform appeared unexpectedly in locations across the UK. The participants were a reminder of the 19,240 men who were killed on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Each participant represented an individual soldier who was killed on that day.

The soldiers, dressed in historically accurate uniforms, did not speak, but at points throughout the day would sing the song ‘We’re Here Because We’re Here’, which was sung in the trenches during the First World War. They handed out cards to members of the public with the name and regiment of the soldier they represented, and, where known, the age of the soldier when he died on 1 July 1916.

The exhibition tells the story of the project through images of the volunteers from across the UK. This was the first time so many theatres have worked together on a UK-wide participation project, making it the largest arts participation project ever staged in the country.

Rufus Norris, Artistic Director of the National Theatre, said: “This work by Jeremy Deller was a truly national piece of theatre and a powerful way to remember the men who went off to fight 100 years ago. I also hope it will serve as a catalyst to strengthen ties with theatres and communities across the UK.”

we’re here because we’re here volunteer Adam Lily said: “Participating in this brilliant nationwide project was transformative for me. I have made lifelong friends with many of the other volunteer participants and gained deeper insight into life in the trenches during the First World War. Our respect for the soldiers only increased during this project.”


‘We’re here because we’re here’

The story of Jeremy Deller’s Modern Memorial

we’re here because we’re here, a free exhibition can be seen at the National Theatre, in the Wolfson Gallery from June 2nd – 31 August 2017. Open from Monday to Saturday. For more information go to:https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/your-visit/exhibitions