Any new show by Complicité is a pretty big deal so we’re thrilled that 2023 will see the company bring a new work to The Lowry‘s stage. Building on their huge success with shows like Can I Live, The Encounter and The Master and The Margarita, Complicité present their new work – Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead – directed by Simon McBurney.
Based on Nobel Prize-winning author Olga Tokarczuk’s novel of the same name, the darkly comic, anarchic noir offers a visceral and poetic exploration of eco-friendly living, animal rights and contemporary European society.
Thought-provoking and droll, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead has been described as both “a suspenseful murder mystery” and also a “meditation on human existence”. A tale about the world around us, poetry, and the limitations and possibilities of activism.
Of the stage adaptation, Complicité Artistic Director, Simon McBurney told us, “Olga Tokarczuk has created an extraordinary world that speaks to my deepest sense of the continuity between humankind and nature – a world where, like a mycelium web, all entities are connected deeply at the roots, unable to exist alone. Tokarczuk is a prophet for our times who understands us in all our hilarity, messiness, cruelty and animalism, and it is a great privilege to bring to the stage what is surely one of literature’s most urgent accounts of being alive today.”
Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead is one of our top cultural picks for 2023.