The Tin Drum

Thu 28 Sep to Sat 14 Oct 2017

£30 - £10

Kneehigh’s Artistic Director and Founder Mike Shepherd directs a new version of Günter Grass’ epic novel 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…

Often hailed as one of the greatest novels ever written, Günter Grass's 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.

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!

Presented by Kneehigh, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse


Based on the novel by Günter Grass

Writer Carl Grose

Music Charles Hazlewood

Director Mike Shepherd

Designer Naomi Dawson

Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth

Sound Designer Ian Davies

Puppet Direction Sarah Wright