Woyzeck - Southwark Playhouse


Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CARDBOARD Citizens is presenting Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck at Southwark Playhouse – from February 26 to March 15, 2008.

Plagued by haunting voices and a paranoid fear of conspiracy, Franz Woyzeck is a man trying to make sense of things and failing. Struggling to support his wayward girlfriend Marie and their young child, he lends his body to medical experimentation.

His distrust and anger spirals until one day, in an attempt to make the real and imagined voices stop for good, he takes a knife…

Hailed by 20th century critics as the first truly modern play, Woyzeck, which was written in 1837, remains powerful and relevant both in content and style. With its staccato, filmic style, one scene bleeding into another, it penetrates soul and psyche like a blade through flesh.

Performances on Wednesday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 12 will feature post-show events, including debates with a scientific focus. All other shows will feature a Forum Theatre session as the second half of the evening, giving audience members the chance to pratically and creatively engage with the issues and ideas contained in the play – schizophrenia, medical experiments and diminished responsibility.

Cardboard Citizens is the UK’s only homeless people’s professional theatre company. This is a revival of the company’s critically acclaimed 2003 production of Büchner’s masterpiece.

Tickets: £7, £13, £20. Remember, the earlier you book the cheaper the tickets! Available by phone, online, or in person from 6:30 to 7:30pm.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm; matinees on Saturday March 8 and Saturday, March 15 at 3pm.

For more information call the box office on 0844 847 1656 or visit the website.