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Drive Your Plow - On Demand

Mon 12 June - Sun 18 June

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead - On Demand

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Complicité and Bristol Old Vic On Screen in association with MyWorld present


Based on the novel by Olga Tokarczuk, Directed and Conceived by Simon McBurney. A Bristol Old Vic On Screen Exclusive from The Lowry, Salford

Experience Complicité’s new five-star hit production wherever you are in the world, and at a time that suits you.

Rent Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead today for just £9.99 with our Early Bird Offer*

Enthralling audiences and critics alike since it opened, Bristol Old Vic On Screen brings you Simon McBurney’s incredible staging of Olga Tokarczuk’s acclaimed novel in HD, brilliantly filmed live at The Lowry, Salford in front of a capacity audience.

Tokarczuk’s controversial, violent, genre defying novel – part thriller, part comedy, and part blistering poetic manifesto for the rights of animals and the environment – caused an uproar in its native Poland upon publication. In the depths of winter in a small community on a remote Polish mountainside near the Czech-Polish border, men from the local hunting club are dying in mysterious circumstances and Janina Duszejko – an eccentric older local woman, ex-engineer, environmentalist, devoted astrologer and enthusiastic translator of William Blake – has her suspicions. She has been watching the animals with whom the community share their isolated, rural home, and she believes they are acting strangely…

This exclusive On Demand film features the production’s original cast including Kathryn Hunter as Janina.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ‘An almighty and toweringly innovative adaptation’ The Guardian

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Director Simon McBurney pulls off an unforgettable feat’ The Observer

★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Wizards of the theatre, shamans of the stage and undoubtedly one of the greatest theatre companies to have ever existed, anywhere, Simon McBurney’s Complicité stage the unstageable with supernatural panache’ Time Out

★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Beguiling, imaginative piece of theatre, as strange, dark and mischievous as the book’ Financial Times

★ ★ ★ ★ ‘A dense and dreamy journey into the woods that is part eco murder mystery, part fairytale phantasmagoria, and part cosmic philosophy’ The Stage


Director Simon McBurney
Set and Costume Design Rae Smith
Lighting Design Paule Constable
Sound Design Christopher Shutt
Video Design Dick Straker
Additional Direction Kirsty Housley
Dramaturgy Laurence Cook, Sian Ejiwunmi-Le Berre
Movement Direction Toby Sedgwick
Original Compositions Richard Skelton
Assstant Director Gemma Brockis
Associate Costume Designer Johanna Coe
Wigs Designer Susanna Peretz
Casting Amy Ball CDG

With Thomas Arnold, Johannes Flaschberger, Amanda Hadingue, Kathryn Hunter, Kiren Kebaili-Dwyer, Weronika Maria, Tim McMullan, César Sarachu, Sophie Steer and Alexander Uzoka.

A Complicité co-production with Barbican London, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Bristol Old Vic, Comédie de Genève, Holland Festival, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, L’Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe, The Lowry, The National Theatre of Iceland, Oxford Playhouse, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen and Theatre Royal Plymouth

Image: Patryk Hardziej