Woyzeck at Omnibus Clapham


Omnibus in association with Big Picnic present Woyzeck by Georg Buchner and translated by Michael Ewans, at Omnibus, a new fringe venue in Clapham, south west London, from 19 Nov to 7 Dec 2013.

This production is being staged one hundred years after the play was first performed and is based loosely on the life of a poor 19th century wigmaker turned soldier. The writer, Georg Buchner, was born two hundred years ago and Woyzeck is considered one of the most important in the German cannon.

Directed by Robyn Winfield-Smith, the play is set on an army camp where Woyzeck, an army barber, does what he can to look after his wife and child, earning extra money by performing menial jobs and agreeing to dubious medical experiments. For six months, he has been forced to eat nothing but peas, and now he suspects the Drum Major of sleeping with his common-law wife. As he struggles to understand his lot in life, suddenly an unexpected voice of reason offers him a way out ....

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