Written by Carl Grose, composed by Charles Hazlewood and directed by Mike Shepherd, the team that brought you the internationally acclaimed Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), The Tin Drum is a folktale for troubled times: one political, profane and profound.
“I am light! I am life!
I gotta brain like a bomb and a tongue like a knife!
I am wrath! I am rage!
I gotta fully-formed mind for a kid of my age!”
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 …
For the tide is turning.
People are taking sides.
And the shadow of the Black Witch is drawing ever closer …
Often hailed as one of the greatest novels ever written, Gunter 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.
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London EC1V 9LT
Performance days & times
Monday ‑ 7‑30pm
Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm
Friday ‑ 7‑30pm
Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm
Wednesday - 2-30pm (except 6 Dec)
Saturday - 2-30pm
Author: Carl Grose, based on the novel by Günter Grass
Composer: Charles Hazlewood
Director: Mike Shepherd
Designer: Naomi Dawson
Lighting: Malcolm Rippeth
Puppetry: Puppet Director Sarah Wright
Production: Kneehigh with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse