The Wheel

by Zinnie Harris

Young girl with gas mask standing in long grass

Zinnie Harris’ award-winning 2011 drama is a staggering, epic play about duty, determination and the human cost of survival.

'I want to be seen, that’s what I want, to ring this bell, and someone to come, and to find her father, and then to go home. That’s all I’ve wanted.'

In the chaos of war, a man is banished and his daughter is left to wander.

A rash decision by a woman to return the child to her father sparks an incredible journey across time, continents and war zones. In their need to survive, both of them transform in ways that blur the boundaries of history, geography and humanity.

Promoted by the Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Running time is approximately 1 hour 40 minutes, with no interval. 

Access Performance

Audio-described performance and touch tour (from 6pm) for blind or visually impaired people: Thursday 24 October*

To book for the audio-described performance and touch tour, please book with the Barbican Box Office in person or by phone on 020 7638 8891.

The audio description will be delivered live by Guildhall School Technical Theatre Arts student Tom Downie via headsets to the blind and visually impaired audience members. The touch tour is a chance to visit the set, feel the props, and enhance your enjoyment of the show, and will also involve a chance to meet the actors and hear their voices.

Programme notes will be pre-recorded and sent out to all the patrons a few days prior to the show, and read live 15 minutes before the show starts. These programme notes will describe the set, the characters and costumes, and important notes about the show.

The introductory notes are available as a text and audio at gsmd.ac.uk/thewheelaudio

*Please note this date has been updated since the publication of Guildhall School's Autumn Events Guide

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