About the show
Turmoil and desperation pulsate through Woyzeck In Winter at The Barbican.
Following Jack Thorne’s adaptation of Büchner’s Woyzeck recently on at The Old Vic, London audiences get a second chance to explore this dark tale with Woyzeck In Winter at The Barbican. If you enjoyed seeing John Boyega perform as the troubled soldier stretched to breaking point, you might also like this intriguing new take on the play.
Conall Morrison both adapts and directs this production, which blends Büchner’s harrowing play with songs taken from Schubert’s Winterreisse. The result is a show taking the audience deep inside the distressed and damaged mind of Woyzeck.
Woyzeck is a soldier struggling to support his young family. Desperate to make ends meet, he performs extra menial jobs. He also signs up for medical experiments. As society treats him worse and worse, he slides towards despair and madness before one final, desperate, tragic act.
Jamie Vartan’s design places Woyzeck in a fragmented world made of broken pianos and other assorted debris. Against this claustrophobic landscape, the tragic story of Woyzeck is interspersed with Schubert’s haunting score.
Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise, based on the poems of Wilhelm Müller, was first published in 1828. Woyzeck In Winter presents a selection of the songs in an English translation by Stephen Clark.
Irish performers Patrick O’Kane and Camille O’Sullivan play the lead characters in Woyzeck In Winter. Stephen Brennan, Peter Coonan, Susannah De Wrixon, Conor Linehan, Rosaleen Linehan, Barry McGovern, Rory Nolan, and Shane O’Reilly complete the production’s cast.
A co-production between Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival, Woyzeck In Winter previously played at the Galway festival in the summer of 2017.
The production is suitable for audiences aged 14 years old and over.
Woyzeck In Winter runs at The Barbican from 13 – 16 September 2017.
Map & Location
Silk StreetLondonEC2Y 8DS