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The Tin Drum

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Kneehigh with Liverpool
Everyman & Playhouse and
West Yorkshire Playhouse
Based on the novel by Günter Grass


"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... The tide is turning. People are taking sides. And the shadow of the Black Witch draws ever closer.

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 startling musical satire: part Baroque opera, part psychedelic white-out, part epic poem. A burlesque, a blitzkreig, a tidal wave about to break. 

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. 

Prepare to dance to the beat of a different drum!

The Tin Drum

7-18 Nov
7.30pm, 2.30pm
(Sat mats)

Running Time 2 hours 30 mins
Ages 14+

@wearekneehigh #TinDrum

Post-show talk

15 Nov | Following the 7.30pm performance in the Backstage Bar

This is an opportunity to discuss Kneehigh's production of The Tin Drum with two University of Bristol lecturers. Dr Debbie Pinfold is a specialist in post-1945 German literature and wrote on Günter Grass's novel in her book The Child's View of the Third Reich in German Literature: The Eye Among the Blind (2001); Dr Jan Wozniak specialises in theatre studies and especially in adaptation and his work has focused especially on children's reactions to Shakespeare on stage. Come and hear them discuss the original 1959 novel, its 1979 film adaptation, and Kneehigh's recreation of the text - and more importantly, join in the debate!

We look forward to seeing you there and to hearing what you think.

Creative Team
Writer Carl Grose
Music Charles Hazlewood
Director Mike Shepherd
Designer Naomi Dawson
Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth
Puppet Director Sarah Wright
Choreographer Etta Murfitt

Ticket Offers

Groups of 10+ £4 off all ticket prices (excl Fri & Sat eves)
Groups of 20+ £4 off all ticket prices, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Fri & Sat eves)
Groups of 50+ £7 off all ticket prices, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Fri & Sat eves)

£12.50 Upper Circle / £7.50 Gallery tickets available (excl Fri & Sat eve)

Friends of Bristol Old Vic
25% off tickets
Limited to 4 tickets per friend

Ticket Collection

On performance days, tickets can be collected from Box Office situated in our Backstage Bar opening 90 mins prior to each performance.

For more information on accessibility, ticket collection, our Backstage Bar, arrival and drop-off at our Theatre plus updates on our redevelopment, click here.

Theatre Entrance

You are now invited to enter the Theatre through our Stage Door, walking in the footsteps of theatre legends such as Peter O'Toole, Daniel Day-Lewis and Miranda Richardson.

Our temporary Theatre entrance can be accessed via Rackhay (BS1 4HJ) off Queen Charlotte Street, around the corner from King Street.

Click here for more information.

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