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Knives In Hens

Until 7 October 2017

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About the show

The world is on the verge of change in Knives In Hens at Donmar Warehouse.

The written word is a powerful thing, and none know this better than playwrights. David Harrower’s intense thriller, set in pre-industrial Scotland, is revived in a new production at Donmar Warehouse. Exploring power, knowledge and sexual attraction, Knives In Hens is by turn poetical and forceful.

Knives In Hens is about a Scottish ploughman and his wife. They live a simple existence before the days of machinery and mass literacy. But their world is smashed apart after the unnamed young woman meets the local miller. By learning to write her own name, she sets a chain of irrevocable events in motion.

Judith Roddy plays the Young Woman, debuting at Donmar Warehouse. She previously appeared in the National Theatre production of The Plough And The Stars and The Silver Tassie. Christian Cooke and Matt Ryan join her in the production. Cooke is the star of TV series The Promise and Stonemouth, while Ryan starred opposite Jude Law in the West End production of Hamlet.

Highly regarded South African director Yael Farber makes her Donmar debut as a director. Most recently, Farber was in charge of Salomé at the National Theatre. This summer, her acclaimed version of Strindberg’s Miss Julie (Mies Julie) returns to the Edinburgh Festival. Farber’s other London credits include Les Blancs at National Theatre and also The Crucible at The Old Vic.

The superbly talented Soutra Gilmour provides the production’s design.

Nominative Determinism is the idea that people choose work fitting their names. David Harrower’s plays, funnily enough, are often pretty harrowing. Along with Knives In Hens, the playwright is the author of Blackbird, Dark Earth and also Kill The Old Torture The Young.

Knives in Hens runs from 17 August – 7 October 2017 at the Donmar Warehouse.

Map & Location

Donmar Warehouse

41 Earlham Street
Soho
London
WC2H 9LX

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