First Look: The Tin Drum

THE TIN DRUM

Based on the novel by Günter 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)
PRESS NIGHT: THURSDAY 5 OCTOBER AT 7.30PM AT LIVERPOOL EVERYMAN

OR

Tuesday 17 October to Saturday 28 October 2017 (West Yorkshire Playhouse)
PRESS NIGHT: WEDNESDAY 18 OCTOBER AT 7.30PM AT WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE

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 Yseult, Brief Encounter, Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) and 946. 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!