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The Tin Drum


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 voice that shatters glass, and an indestructible tin drum, Oskar sets about to reveal the world for what it truly is.
The Tin Drum at Shoreditch Town Hall

Image: Kneehigh


Overview


Genre: Musical

Director:
Mike Shepherd

Author:
Carl Grose, based on the novel by Günter Grass

Production:
Kneehigh with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse

Music:
Charles Hazlewood

Running time: To be confirmed

Age suitability:
14+

Background


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.

Synopsis


“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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Theatre


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Postal address:
380 Old Street
London EC1V 9LT

Box office tel: 020 7739 6176

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Dates


Previews from:Tuesday 5 December 2017

Closes:Saturday 23 December 2017

Performance days & times


Evening:
To be announced

Matinee:

Wednesday - 2-30pm (except 6 Dec)

Saturday - 2-30pm


Tickets


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Creatives


Director: Mike Shepherd
Designer: Naomi Dawson
Lighting: Malcolm Rippeth
Puppetry: Puppet Director Sarah Wright

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