Woyzeck in Winter

Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts

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Büchner’s dramatic masterpiece Woyzeck is interwoven with songs from Schubert’s Winterreise to form a highly distinctive music theatre production.

A poor soldier earns extra money for his family through menial jobs and participation in bizarre medical experiments. Brutalised by society and consumed with jealousy, he is driven to the far side of alienation and despair – and finally to a desperate, violent act.

Exploiting the uncanny similarities between these two dark masterworks, Dublin-based director Conall Morrison draws on Schubert’s extraordinary music to illuminate the inner landscape of Woyzeck’s tortured mind. With the startling story set amid a terrain of broken pianos, vivid scenes flow seamlessly into songs, now translated into English, revealing their potent passion. The central roles are played by mesmerising Irish performers Patrick O’Kane and Camille O’Sullivan.The cast also includes Stephen Brennan, Rosaleen Linehan and Barry McGovern, outstanding actor-singers who have appeared previously at the Barbican.

Read about director Conall Morrison's creative process on the Barbican blog

1 hour 45 mins/no interval
Age guidance 14+
Performed in English

Fri 15 Sep
Post-show talk with the director Conall Morrison and members of the company.

Ireland
Presented by the Barbican 
Co-produced by Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival 
Co-commissioned by the Barbican
Supported by Culture Ireland 

Reviews

‘Brilliantly unites two works that are masterpieces in their own right…intellectually and emotionally stimulating.‘
‘A dazzling achievement‘
‘A pioneering piece of music-theatre‘
‘One of the most intense and intelligent performers in Irish theatre‘
‘When she sings it’s as though her breath is soaked in paraffin – one spark, and the whole room would ignite.‘

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two actors in woyzeck in winter at the barbican centre

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Büchner’s dramatic masterpiece Woyzeck is interwoven with songs from Schubert’s Winterreise to form a highly distinctive music theatre production, the central roles played by mesmerising Irish performers Patrick O’Kane and Camille O’Sullivan.
 

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Ireland
Presented by the Barbican 
Co-produced by Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival 
Co-commissioned by the Barbican
Supported by Culture Ireland 

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