This play offers limitless staging possibilities. My set is a metaphor for the fatal dynamics at work against Woyzeck. Fate is a gutter pouring filth into the stagnant waters that infest the life of the military town. The Showman's booth is a magic box which, reversed, becomes the Doctor's cabinet.
The guillotine, though not in Büchner's text, felt like the appropriate symbol of Woyzeck's inability to escape his destiny. The guillotine's sharp blade is a reminder of Woyzeck's trade tool, the razor, with which he murders his beloved Marie. Is Woyzeck a victim of Fate or a catalyst?
The sadistic Doctor seems to permeate the whole play. His appearance is that of a respectable man but I took my revenge with this collage that betrays his true nature.
By Georg Büchner
Dir. Malcolm Griffiths
Sets and costumes: Anouk Looten
Theatre design course at Nottingham Polytechnic (England)