By Georg Büchner
Directed by Chris Ryan
Featuring 2nd Year FCA Performance Students

The wound is Woyzeck…
And like a wounded dog he will be put out of his misery
… and misery is the river of the world.

mashed quote: Heiner Muller, Tom Waits & Chris Ryan

Georg Büchner died of typhoid in 1837 leaving a jumble of pages – fragments of unordered scenes - which have since become one of the ‘most performed and influential plays in the German theatre repertory.’

WOYZECK is an episodic tale from the dark side of Modernity that depicts our powerless anti-hero – a war veteran - assaulted from all sides by the forces or social inequity, exploitation and financial hardship, as he descends into madness.

Austrian composer, Alben Berg cried after he attended the first production of Büchner's play in Vienna in 1914, vowing to write his first opera. Adapting the libretto himself, he composed the opera between 1914 and 1922, and it quickly established itself as one of the 20th century’s first avant garde operas, famous for using atonality as an expression of Woyzeck’s madness and alienation.

Our WOYZECK aims to be brutal and uncompromising in its surgical scrutiny of poverty and hardship, and a little off-key in its exploration of love and death.

Marie (to her man during a fight),

I'd rather have a knife in my body then your hand on me.

Director Christopher Ryan is an award-winning devisor/performer, director and dramaturge, who has been directing and teaching in the Faculty of Creative Arts since late 2006. He has extensive experience as a mentor, artistic consultant and deviser, working with young and emerging artists in a diversity of contexts ranging from the tertiary education sector, to not-for profit organizations, theatre by young and emerging artists, and working with young people at risk.

Wednesday 16 – Saturday 19 May @ 8pm
FCA Performance Space 25.168

02 4221 4889
$20 full, $12 concession, $10 FCA students


For further information contact the
Faculty of Creative Arts
Phone: 02 4221 4889