The Tin Drum West Yorkshire Playhouse 4 Stars Tour Info On one level the story can seem simple, almost childish, with Nursery Rhyme overtones of drums and toy shops – yet ‘The Tin Drum’ is fiendishly diverse and complex tale that defies any brief summary. A child genius, Oskar, is born to a background of social and political turmoil; he discovers a God like power of control through his tin drum the beast of which ricochets and reverberates through the story like some sinister eighties disco beat. By the time he has reached manhood he has lost his parents (all three of them), fallen in love with his father’s mistress and seen his homeland ripped apart through ethnic cleansing by a Nazi style regime. Along the way he’s realised he can shatter glass and ear drums by screaming and has made the decision to stop the ageing process by throwing … Read more
Some people attending probably only ever go to the theatre to see the Christmas panto, and this certainly doesn’t disappoint. Some attending may even by inspired to go and read up on the beautiful stories whence the title figure springs. And some will merely be grateful that this provides two and a half hours in which they do not have to try to entertain their children: the show will do that for them.