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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

  • Theatre, Experimental
  • Barbican Centre, Barbican
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, Complicite, 2023
Photo: Marc Brenner

Time Out says

The legendary Complicte return with a stage version of Olga Tokarczuk’s visionary novel

Simon McBurney’s legendary theatre company Complicite returns with its first major theatre show since its mind-blowing ‘The Encounter’. ‘Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead’ is a brand new stage version of Nobel Prize-winning Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk’s singular novel, a powerful and compelling mix of noir thriller and righteous eco-manifesto. It’s in no way an easy proposition to bring to the stage – which is kind of the exact point of Complicite.

Kathryn Hunter leads the cast – presumably as protagonist Janina Duszejko, an old woman who believes that the local wildlife is rising up and killing hunters. She’ll be joined by Thomas Arnold, Johannes Flaschberger, Amanda Hadingue, Kiren Kebaili-Dwyer, Weronika Maria, Tim McMullan, César Sarachu, Sophie Steer and Alexander Uzoka.


Barbican Centre
Beech Street
View Website
Tube: Barbican; Rail/Tube: Moorgate
£15-£65. Runs 2hr

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