The Tin Drum
Drama
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Shoreditch Town Hall

The Tin Drum

05 Dec 2017 - 23 Dec 2017

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0 reviews

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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…

A folktale for troubled times, political, profane and profound.

Ages 14+

Shoreditch Town Hall [Off West End]

“A quite terrifying black-eyed puppet... Irreverent, anarchic, ridiculous and one can only marvel at how it all fits together.”

What's on Stage (Other reviewers)

“Kneehigh bring surreal reality to the strange world of Gunter Grass’ Oskar Matzerath... Glorious, anarchic storytelling.”

The Stage (Other reviewers)

“An act of audacity.. Kneehigh, mixing wistful melancholy and stamping heartiness, embody some flavours of Grass’s prose.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“An undertaking of almost insane ambition... Such a dark glitter that it leaves you giddy... Glorious, grotesque.”

Sam Marlowe (The Times, The Stage, Time Out, Arts Desk)

“Disjointed, intense and unsettling... Rich but decidedly peculiar... A very, very unsettling puppet... Demands to be heard.”

Alice Saville (Time Out, Independent)

“Surreal... A chaotic, genre-mashing score... First-person narration becomes a multi-vocal cacophony... Gleeful invention.”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Dementing... A travesty... Ocean of whipped-up sound and fury... A thespian cabaret-carnival... A playground riot of a show.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

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