Commissioned by the Booker Prize Foundation for the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. 

‘A significant and timely reflection on a world broken by lies and division.’ Peggy Hughes, Programme Director, National Centre for Writing
‘Urgent, vital storytelling that brings J.M. Coetzee’s humane novel brilliantly and unflinchingly to life.’ Audience Member
I loved it, feeling the audiences spellbound silence in which the words and realities of Michael and his world came alive.’ Audience Member


“How far would you go to be free? “

In a country riven by war, Michael K sets out from his home in search of safety. As he walks through this fallen land in search of peace, he asks what it means to live in harmony with the land and the times we find ourselves in. Can we live a life of dignity when lies, division, and repression are all around us?

Featuring film, performance, and live reading, this is a powerful and immediate staging of a novel with huge contemporary significance. An immersive experience of a classic novel that explores our relationship with nature, and the search for inner harmony.

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Michael K – Damola Adelaja

Doctor – John Last

Narrator – Emily Stride
Voice-over – Matt Bannister
Michael K film – Joshua Carver
Sound design – Ross Flight
Co-Director – Joseph Ballard
Producer and Co-Director – Sam Ruddock


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Further Praise:

‘Enjoyed the show. I was inspired to buy and read the novel.’ Audience Member
”Lovely to sit and be read to so beautifully for an hour from such an interesting, powerful work’ Audience Member


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