Handspring Puppet Company

Woyzeck on the Highveld


19:45,  6 - 10 September 2011

Silk Street Theatre, Barbican

Tickets: £18 – 22

Magical, wondrous and darkly poetic in equal parts.

The first landmark collaboration between celebrated artist William Kentridge and internationally renowned Handspring Puppet Company, Woyzeck on the Highveld transposes Büchner's timeless tale to 1950s South Africa. A migrant worker struggles to survive in a callous, inhospitable, urban landscape, vividly portrayed in this multi-media work featuring hand-carved puppets, animated film and haunting music.

Founded in Cape Town in 1985, with a desire to develop puppet theatre for adults, Handspring has delighted London audiences with plays such as War Horse and Or You Could Kiss Me at the National Theatre. Now co-founder Adrian Kohler and his Tony Award-winning company return with their puppets to make their Barbican debut.

'One of the most evocative experiences I have ever had in the theatre.' The Sunday Times (South Africa)

Performance time: 19.45 (also 15.00 on 10 Sep)
Running time: 90 mins / no interval

Age guidance 14+

15 Jun – 11 Sep
Barbican Art Gallery
Watch Me Move: The Animation Show

7 Sep
Post Show Talk
In conversation with Adrian Kohler

10 & 11 Sep
Weekend Workout:
Handspring – secrets of puppetry

Based on the play by Georg Büchner
Directed by William Kentridge
Revival Director Luc de Wit
Designed by Adrian Kohler and William Kentridge