The Barbican’s long association with one of the UK’s most thrilling companies, Complicte, continues with the arrival in London of this adaptation of Olga Tokarczuk’s novel about an ageing woman—a translator of the poems of William Blake and a communer with the stars—living in a small Polish village where local hunters keep turning up dead. There is a touch of the whodunnit about this saga, but there is much that is philosophical too, which should make it ideal material for a company with a breath-taking capacity to meld the cerebral and the heartfelt and, through a firework of theatrics, make you look at the world in fresh ways.
A brand-new production based on Nobel prize-winning writer Olga Tokarczuk’s stunning novel. In the bleak Polish midwinter, men in an isolated village are being murdered. The story unfolds through the eyes of 65 year-old local women Janina, as she takes on the task of identifying the suspect in this deeply captivating mystery. She finds herself engaged in fierce resistance against the injustices around her. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead is a tale about the cosmos, poetry, and the limitations and possibilities of activism. Simon McBurney directs a new work for theatre based on Nobel Prize winning author Olga Tokarczuk’s acclaimed novel, which was shortlisted for the 2019 International Booker Prize.