- Venue: Quarry Theatre
- Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)
- Age Guidance: 14+
- Other: Post show discussion Thur 26 Oct
More Information on 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 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… The tide is turning. People are taking sides. And the shadow of the Black Witch draws ever closer. 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 startling musical satire: part Baroque opera, part psychedelic white-out, part epic poem. A burlesque, a blitzkreig, a tidal wave about to break.
From 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.
Prepare to dance to the beat of a different drum!
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Presented by Kneehigh with West Yorkshire Playhouse and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse.
Cast & Credits
Based on the novel by Günter Grass / Written by Carl Grose / Directed by Mike Shepherd / Music by Charles Hazlewood /
Kneehigh with West Yorkshire Playhouse and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse production
“ riotous and colourful and immensely fun”
“ Played out on a richly designed and lit stage, this is glorious, anarchic storytelling, with the ability to captivate as well as challenge its audience.”
“ mesmerising, energy-filled performance”
“ holds up a mirror of what is both twisted and beautiful on our wonderful earth”
“ This is a wild show: crazed, careening, cacophonous. It’s terrific.”
“ a glorious piece of theatrical ingenuity”
“ Well done Kneehigh for another beautiful and skilfully created stunning piece of theatre”
“ a theatrical feast, bursting with imagination and anarchic energy”
A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.Audio Described
Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.Relaxed Performance
A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.Dementia-Friendly Performance
Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.Sing Along
Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.Post Show Discussion
Parent & Baby Performance
A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.
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- - Captioned
- - Signed
- - Audio Description
- - Relaxed Performance
- - Dementia Friendly Performance
- - Post Show Discussion
- - Sing Along
- - Parent & Baby Performance
- - Socially Distanced Performance