Drag Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead takes to our Main Stage from Tues 18 - Sat 18 April 2023

We’re delighted to announce that in spring 2023, we will be one of the co-producing partners for the world premiere of Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, led by renowned international touring company, Complicité.

Running on our Main Stage from Tues 18 – Sat 22 April, the new stage adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning author Olga Tokarczuk’s novel of the same name is directed by Complicité’s Artistic Director, Simon McBurney.

Complicité is an international touring theatre company in a constant state of reinvention. Working across art forms, the company believes that theatre, opera, film, installation, publication and participatory arts can all be sites for the collective act of imagination. Much of their recent work focuses on the state of our planet and art’s responsibility in encouraging activism.

A thought-provoking, wry and other worldly murder mystery, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead is a love letter to the natural world and the poetry of Blake, the philosopher and poet preoccupied with respecting the natural world. It is also a scathing reproach of toxic masculinity, the treatment of the marginalised, and the hypocrisy of institutional power. At its heart, the story asks us to consider what it means to live in harmony with the world around us, humankind’s place in our ecosystem, and the perilous consequences we all face if our connection to the natural world is lost.

Complicité’s founding Artistic Director, Simon McBurney, is one of the most innovative and influential theatre-makers working today. An active member of Stop Ecocide, much of Simon’s recent work urgently addresses the destruction of the planet.