"Woyzeck was written in 1837 by German dramatist Georg Büchner, who died shortly afterwards at the age of 23. It has been claimed as the first modern play and as an influence on playwrights from Brecht to Sarah Kane. . . "
". . . At the heart of Büchner's dark and troubling story is an everyman tortured by social injustice and oppression, but most of all by sexual betrayal. He proceeds through a fragmentary series of terrifying, almost hallucinatory encounters that can lead only to heartbreaking tragedy. Woyzeck is a difficult play that addresses the big questions about human existence without offering much hope or comfort. . . "
". . . The arresting stage design features an elaborate arrangement of gleaming industrial pipes overlooking a grassy riverbank, while stretching across the front of the stage is the river itself - a metre-high, water-filled glass tank in which the play's lovers swim and writhe like fish. . . "
"'. . . If you want challenging theatre,' he says, 'and you want to explore the limits of the actors, you can't just do it with the set, or the lighting, or the way it's written. It has to reach all levels, which is what makes it so fascinating to watch.'(arts.telegraph | The action man of the theatre)
:: note :: . . . a stellar play . . . a favourite of mine . . .