TOM FOOL

12 March 2022 – 16 April 2022

by FRANZ XAVER KROETZ


Translated by Estella Schmid and Anthony Vivis

I’d like to climb out of my skin, if I could.

Every night Martha listens to the minute details of husband Otto’s day at the factory. He’s a man with big dreams, stuck in a job where he feels like a cog in the machine. Their teenage son Ludwig just wishes he had a job, or at least his own space, far far away from his parents.

They are each frustrated with a life they can’t seem to escape.

When money goes missing, a family on the brink hurtles over the edge, and Martha has to decide whether she will stay to pick up the pieces. A dark and unnervingly funny play about how capitalism creeps into the minutiae of one family’s life, just at the moment women started to change the rules of the game.

Franz Xaver Kroetz, Germany’s most frequently performed playwright, is the author of over 60 plays including The Nest, Through the Leaves and Request Concert.

Director Diyan Zora was the winner of the 2021 Genesis Future Directors Award, directing Klippies by Jessica Sian at the Young Vic Theatre, and worked with Alexander Zeldin as an Associate Director on his plays Faith, Hope and Charity and Love at the National Theatre.

Image by Jesse Draxler

Currently social distancing is in place and mask wearing is mandatory at the theatre, this is subject to change in response to improved Covid-19 safety and up-to-date guidance will be sent to you at least 24 hours before your scheduled performance. If capacity for your booked performance is increased, you will be contacted ahead of time and offered another socially distanced performance for your comfort.

OT On Screen
The play will also be available to watch from home via OT On Screen. 
Watch the livestream on 24 February 2022 at 7.30pm GMT BOOK HERE

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