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The Tin Drum

Die Blechtrommel
by Günter Grass
Bertolt-Brecht-Platz 1
10117 Berlin
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For the first time, Berliner Ensemble presents Oliver Reese’s celebrated stage adaption of the novel "The Tin Drum" by Nobel-Prize winner Günter Grass in a full English-language version. Oskar Matzerath’s world-famous story is told in a solo by actor Nico Holonics.

Oskar Matzerath has barely been born when he recognises the world to be a universal disaster – and rejects it entirely. Because the world he is tossed into, 1924 Danzig, is the dawn of the National Socialist regime. A world that provides scant opportunities for a growing boy to thrive. Only when his mother promises to give him a tin drum, an acceptable prospect for survival unfolds: the life of a drummer, the grotesque existence of an artist with all its ambivalence of motivation and consequences. And so, on his third birthday, Oskar decides to reject this world, to stop growing and to become an observer, a drummer. From his frog’s eye view, he describes the emergence of fascist thought and action, reports on adultery and Pogrom Night, links private stories with the history of the Third Reich. He is a witness and an outsider, a prosecutor and a participant in a world where a rupture in civilisation like the Holocaust is possible, and thus he poses the question of personal responsibility in an utterly dark world.

All his life, Günter Grass felt responsible for the horrors committed in the name of Germany. “Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum)” is an attempt to render transparent the mechanisms of his own seduction by nationalist and fascist ideologies and to sound a drum of dissent. Regardless of all controversy surrounding both the novel and its author, Nobel Prize laureate Günter Grass, the text is still regarded as a milestone of German post-war literature today. Director Oliver Reese tells the story of the eternal drummer in a version tailored entirely to the protagonist’s point of view.

A production by Schauspiel Frankfurt


“A triumph of acting!”Frankfurter Rundschau

“A virtuoso Oskar-solo show by the exceptional actor Nico Holonics.”Berliner Zeitung

“You find yourself unequivocally rooting for the actor with his whining and brooding, his seductive whispers and megalomaniac screams.”Süddeutsche Zeitung

“In a dramatic tightrope-act between identifying and distance, oppressive mania for realisation and subtle suggestion, Nico Holonics succeeds in portraying the development from rebellious infant and whining brat to insidious strategist in one single breath.”Deutschlandfunk

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