Friday, May 07, 2021 7:00 pm to Sunday, May 09, 2021 2:30 pm
Luella Massey Studio Theatre
4 Glen Morris Street, Toronto, Ontario
TTD is a new play adaptation of the classic novel The Tin Drum by Nobel Prize winner Gunter Grass. Our protagonist, Oskar, is a child to a German father and a Polish mother in the city of Danzig. On his third birthday, Oskar got a tin drum and refused to grow up ever after. He drummed his way through World War II, during which he betrayed both his Polish uncle and his Fascist father and sent them to death after his mother committed suicide.
Underneath the facade of The Tin Drum, however, there exists an underlying story about the post-War on terror social realities from a Chinese perspective, with a particular focus on the relation between the nation’s capital city and its western frontier. This hidden story emerges and interrupts The Tin Drum episodically. The two storylines may echo or interrupt each other or may be completely irrelevant (at least seemingly so).
Led by a child mannequin, the nonrepresentational casting of the production explores new directions for intercultural theatre. Some questions we ask are: What do we trade with power for security? What can an individual do in the age of surveillance and spectacles? Why do people still evoke the name “Fascist” to describe the time we live in?