TTD (A New Play based on Günter Grass’s The Tin Drum)

When and Where

Friday, April 21, 2023 7:00 pm to Sunday, April 23, 2023 4:30 pm
Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse
79 St. George Street


TTD is a new play combining documentary theatre and stage adaptation of Nobel-winning German writer Günter Grass (1927-2015)’s novel The Tin Drum. Child to a German father and a Polish mother, our protagonist Oskar got a tin drum on their third birthday and refused to grow up ever after. As they drummed their way through World War II, Oskar witnessed how fascism changed their city and family, and explored means of artistic intervention. 

Under the skin of The Tin Drum, however, there is a subterranean storyline about contemporary everyday life in the repercussion of the Global War On Terror from a Chinese perspective, raising questions about the relations between security and terror, technology and freedom, capital and frontier, and “us” and “them.” This hidden story—told in documentary episodes—may echo or interrupt The Tin Drum, or may be completely irrelevant (at least seemingly so). We ask: What do we trade with power for protection? Who are we protected from? And how to live a good life in the age of surveillance, spectacles, and war?

Starring a child mannequin and actors of non-traditional casting, the production explores new possibilities for identity visibility and aesthetics in intercultural theatre. 

More information about how to reserve your tickets will be posted closer to the event dates. 


79 St. George Street