Theatre Preview: Little Otik, 21 – 31 May, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

5 May

Little Otik

It’s been six-and-a-half years since Czech filmmaker Jan Svankmajer released his macabre Little Otik in the UK market. Now Director Matthew Lenton has adapted it for the Glasgow stage – at the Citizens Theatre from Wednesday 21 – Saturday 31 May.

The play follows the story of a couple who cannot have children. Desperate to conceive, they adopt a tree stump which is carved to look like a baby.

Eventually their obsessive belief that the lump of wood is real brings it to life. The ‘baby’ grows and develops an appetite, devouring first the family cat and then the postman before events take a really strange turn…

Little Otik combines dark humour, surreal horror and an unnerving but tender family story. Brought to the stage for the first time in a collaboration between Vanishing Point and the National Theatre of Scotland.

The cast is headed up by Pauline Goldsmith and Sandy Grierson, recently seen in Oresteia at the Traverse in Edinburgh. A trailer has also been produced for the production.

Little Otik is not recommended for children under the age of 12.

Ticket prices range from £9.50 – £16.00 with concessions available. Tuesday nights are a bargain at only £6.00.

Preview by Faith Orr

To book or for more information visit the Citizens Theatre website.

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