Woyzeck at The Roses Theatre

Woyzeck

Woyzeck - Credit: Archant

On Wednesday February 26, Scene Productions will take the audience at the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury on a journey into the macabre world of Woyzeck, a surreal performance set against the backdrop of WW1 and based on the original play by Georg Buchner.

This year we mark the centenary of the beginning of World War One. A hundred years ago the earth endured four years of global hostility, where more than eight million troops lost their lives, not including those who went missing in action; The First World War was the fifth deadliest conflict in world history.

On Wednesday February 26, Scene Productions will take the audience at the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury on a journey into the macabre world of Woyzeck, a surreal performance set against the backdrop of WW1 and based on the original play by Georg Buchner.

Using a range of styles and influences from many renowned theatre practitioners, including Brecht, Berkoff, and Artaud, Scene Production’s brand new interpretation of Woyzeck fuses gothic storytelling, puppetry, song, live music and a spine chilling sound track. It delves into the psyche of a broken soldier; a mind plagued with apocalyptic visions, twisted, infected and plunged into homicidal lunacy. The world of Woyzeck is disturbingly atmospheric, heart-breakingly poignant, darkly comic and interactive.

Scene Productions is a physical theatre company based in Wokingham and was founded in 2004 by Artistic Directors Katharine Hurst and Kelly Taylor-Smith. The company became the associate company of Redbridge Drama Centre in 2010 and the associate company of South Hill Park in 2013. They have worked extensively in over 400 schools, arts centres and theatres throughout the UK, Ireland and Belgium and their style and approach to theatre is studied in schools nationwide. Scene Productions aim to inspire students with their performance of Woyzeck and the free educational pack which accompanies it, both of which will provide a toolkit of ideas and approaches to a piece of text.

Karl Georg Buchner was a German dramatist and writer of poetry and prose. The most important literary prize in Germany, the Georg Buchner Prize, was first awarded in 1923 and is still awarded annually.

Presented as a visual jigsaw from one scene to the next, Woyzeck explores the agonising effects of war trauma and utter devastation of the downtrodden man, which still resonates two hundred years after the play was first published.

Tickets cost £13, with concessions available, and can be purchased from The Roses Box Office on 01684 295074 or online at www.rosestheatre.org