Sunday, October 24, 2004

The Street of Crocodiles

The production of The Street of Crocodiles is based on the life and stories of Bruno Schulz- Polish-Jewish writer and artist killed in 1942. ('Bruno Schulz was one of the great writers....[His] verbal art strikes us -- stuns, even -- with its overload of beauty.' John Updike)

Schulz's stories, adapted by Simon McBurney & Mark Wheatley, describe, in the dream-like Kafka-Chagall style, everyday life in the Polish provincial town of Drhobycz as seen through the eyes of a young boy. In the production complicite put emphasis on the constant flux and transformation which takes place in Schulz's stories. (I realised that Schulz's vision, which evokes the transforming power of the child's eye, necessarily meant that objects and their transmogrification would be central to the process.Simon McBurney).

At the very beginning a man walks down a steep wall. Fluttering pages of books become the birds that are the father's manic preoccupation. Schoolroom desks turn into draper's shop counters and later the family dining table. The father's belief that nothing holds the same shape for very long is precisely embodied by the production.(The Guardian, January 1999)

The Street of Crocodiles met with global acclaim . It ran from 1992 to 1994 and than in 1998-9. The company was awarded for it with Four Olivier Award nominations, Barcelona Critic's Award, Manchester Evening Standard Award for Best Visiting Production, L'Academie Quebecoise du Theatre Award for Best Foreign Production and Dublin Theatre Festival Award for Best Visiting Production

Research By, Tom, Catherine, Natalie and Kasia


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