'Golem'

Drawing on the myth of The Golem - the story of a man who fashions a creature out of clay to work for him - as a starting point, 1927 has creating an original production exploring man and his machines.  1927’s Golem is not a re-telling or adaptation of the Golem myth but an original story that examines the relationship between an extraordinarily ordinary man, and his Golem...

Located in a fictional yet familiar world, where technology and the market economy have evolved to a point of transcending the boundaries of human control, Golem has become a must have, indispensable ingredient for a better life. But its very existence, threatens the prospect of those who created it.

Golem had its world premiere at Salzburg State Theatre, Salzburg Festival, Austria on 22 August 2014.

In 2018, we collaborated with The Space to capture Golem on film, which debuted on BBC4 in November 2018.  

To celebrate World Theatre Day on 27 March 2019 we broadcast the film capture of Golem with 10 international arts partners.  The broadcast can be viewed on this website, on 1927’s facebook page and on the Facebook pages and websites of our partners -  Taiwan’s National Theater and Concert Hall, Spoleto Festival USA, HOME Manchester, Brighton’s The Old Market, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Belgium’s La Libre newspaper,  Jewish Museum Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin and The SpaceThe British Council will also be streaming the show as part of its Anyone//Anywhere season celebrating the 30th anniversary of the web. 

Golem is in English with subtitles available in English, French and German, and will be available to view for free until Wednesday 10 April 2019.

 

Credits

A 1927, Salzburg Festival, Théâtre de la Ville Paris & Young Vic co-production

Development supported by The Tolmen Centre Cornwall, Harrogate Theatre, Stratford Circus & Tom - The Old Market

Golem has been supported by funding from Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts

 

Created by 1927

Directed & Written by Suzanne Andrade

Film, Animation & Design by Paul Barritt

Music by Lillian Henley

Associate Direction & Design Esme Appleton

Sound Design by Laurence Owen

Costume by Sarah Munro

Dramaturgy: Ben Francombe

Animation Associate: Derek Andrade

Drums & Percussion - Additional Composition: Will Close

Projection Screen Design: James Lewis

Set Built by Joe Marchant & West Yorkshire Playhouse

Costume Construction Sarah Munro, Assisted by Martha Copeland

Production Manager: Helen Mugridge & Andres Velasquez

Sound Technician: Chris Prosho

Producer: Jo Crowley

QUOTES AND AWARDS

‘A cracked, exaggerated, funhouse mirror reflection of our world that you could stare into for days’Time Out

’funny, unsettling and unforgettable…a Frankenstein for the 21st Century…alive with irony, imagination and humanity’ The Times

’Groundbreaking with strokes of genius…A witty collision of antiquated aesthetics, wide ranging cultural influences and modern day sensibilities’ Daily Telegraph
 

‘Unlike anything you will have experienced before - 1927 is officially the sexiest theatre company in town’ Evening Standard

’A bleak, delightful, antique, topical treat in every way’ Financial Times

‘You won’t find a more dazzlingly synchronized interaction between live performance and a crazily satiric world than in Golem’ The Independent


’It's Kafka meets Little Shop of Horrors…once it’s over your head spins with a thousand images’
WhatsOnStage

’Brilliant and endlessly inventive… Theatre for 1927 is a four dimensional affair, and Golem scores on every plane’
The Arts Desk

FORTHCOMING

To celebrate World Theatre Day on 27 March 2019 a live film capture of Golem will be screened in across the globe with 10 international arts partners. The broadcast can be viewed live on this website, on 1927’s facebook page and on the Facebook pages and websites of our partners - Taiwan’s National Theater and Concert Hall, Spoleto Festival USA, HOME Manchester, Brighton’s The Old Market, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Belgium’s La Libre newspaper, Jewish Museum Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin and The Space. The British Council will also be streaming the show as part of its Anyone//Anywhere season celebrating the 30th anniversary of the web.

Watch it live at 7.00pm GMT; 8,00pm CET & 2.00pm EST on Wednesday 27 March 2019.

Golem will be broadcast in English with subtitles available in French and German.

Performance History

July 2014: Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate, England (development)

22-27 August 2014: Salzburg Festival, Salzburg, Austria (World premiere) 

14 November 2014:  Stratford Circus, London, England

21 – 22 November 2014:  The Old Market – Brighton, England  

9 December 2014 – 17 January 2015:  Young Vic Theatre, London, England

12-15 March 2015:  NTCH, Taipei, Taiwan

27 May – 4 June 2015:  Theatre de la Ville, Paris, France 

23 - 27 June 2015:  Chekhov Festival, Moscow, Russia

13-16 August 2015:  Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, China

19-20 August 2015;  Arts & Cultural Centre, Zhongshan, China

19-20 August 2015: Arts & Cultural Centre, Zhongshan, China

22-23 August 2015:  Shi Xia Drama Theater, Shenzhen, China

25 August 2015:  Zhongnan Theatre, Wuhan, China

29-30 August 2015:  NCPA, Beijing, China

7-17 October 2015:  HOME, Manchester, UK

6-7 November 2015:  Oriental Arts Centre, Shanghai, China

10-11 November 2015:  Zhongnan Theatre, Wuhan, China

14-15 November 2015:  Wulin Lu Theatre, Hangzhou, China

17-19 November 2015:  Arts Centre, Suzhou, China

21-22 November 2015:  Arts & Cultural Centre, Nanjing, China

25-29 November 2015:  Nine Theatre, Beijing, China

 9-12 December 2015: Festival de Otoño a Primavera, Madrid

16-17 December 2015: Schauspielhaus Zurich, Switzerland

29 December 2015-16 January 2016:  The Old Market, Brighton, UK

8 – 13 March 2016:  Adelaide Festival of Arts, Adelaide, Australia

16-26 March 2016:  Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney, Australia

14-17 April 2016:  E.A.R. Teatro di Messina, Sicily, Italy

11-14 May 2016:  Teatro Nazionale, Torino, Italy 

8-12 June 2016:  Spoleto  Festival, Charleston, USA

26-31 July 2016:  Lincoln Center Festival, New York, USA

10-13 May 2017: Theatre Royal Plymouth, UK 

18-19 May 2017:  ILT Festival, Aarhus, Denmark 

31 May - 3 June 2017: Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, UK 

10 June 2017:  New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, UK

13-17 June 2017: Oxford Playhouse, Oxford, UK

21-24 June 2017: Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate, N.Yorks, UK

12-13 July 2017:  Festival de Amada, Portugal

15 July 2017:  Festival Mit Ribdavia, Galicia, Spain

5-9 September 2017:  Cast, Doncaster, UK

12 - 16 September 2017: Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, UK

4-5 October 2017: Theatre Royal Margate, UK

17-21 October 2017: Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool, UK

31 October 2017: Vitoria-Gasteiz International Theatre Festival, Vitoria, Spain

4-5 November 217:  Festival Temporada Alta, Salt (Girona), Spain

16-19 November 2017: LG Arts Centre, Seoul, South Korea 

25 November - 2 December 2017: Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

6 - 7 December 2017: Theatre de la Ville Luxembourg, Luxembourg

21-25 March 2018: Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogota, Bogota, Colombia 

22 June 2018: II World Theatre Festival, Astana, Kazakhstan

18 November 2018: Golem was screened in the UK on BBCFour and available on BBC Iplayer until 17 December 2018.

 

 

Golem Production Images by Bernhard Mueller