South African director Yaël Farber has become known for her raw and intense productions of plays about epic personal battles, from Mies Julie (a blistering South African version of Strindberg's Miss Julie) to The Crucible (at the Old Vic). Earlier this summer her reputation lost some of its lustre with a critically-lambasted production of Salome on the National's largest Olivier. But even the best artists are allowed the chance to fail sometimes, and now she returns to the intimacy... Read more
The Donmar Warehouse presents David Harrower's hauntingly poetic thriller Knives in Hens, helmed by multi-award winning director Yaël Farber. The production marks the play’s first major London revival since its 1995 premiere.
A ploughman and his wife live a simple existence in a pre-industrial time, until the hated local miller ensnares them in a struggle of knowledge, power and attraction.
‘I have no name for the thing which is in my head. It is not envy. It is more than envy. It does not scare me. I must look close enough to discover what it is.’