Theatre: I Am the Wind

Posted on: 21 April 2011 by Rhian Mainwaring

Showing at the Young Vic from 3rd to the 21st May, win tickets on 50connect!

The wind gathers, rising up suddenly. Two men on a fragile boat, a trip to sea – a few drinks, a bite to eat – when one of them decides to push on to the open ocean. Suddenly, there they are: among the distant islands, the threatening fog and gathering swell of the sea, bound together on an odyssey into the unknown.

‘Riveting… strange and powerful.’New York Times on Chéreau’s From the House of the Dead

The international collaboration of the year comes to the Young Vic this spring!

Patrice Chéreau, director of La Reine Margot, leads the international collaboration of 2011 at the Young Vic theatre. Chéreau, France’s leading opera, film and theatre director, directs Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens’ (Wastwater and Pornography at the Royal Court, On the Shore of the Wide World and Harper Regan at the National Theatre and Punk Rock at the Lyric Hammersmith) English Language version of Jon Fosse’s contemporary fable.

Learn more about these three giants of contemporary theatre

Patrice Chéreau (Director)

‘A masterful director, whose work charms, provokes and challenges.’ Télérama

Patrice Chéreau is one of the most prolific and critically acclaimed directors in the world today. His opera work includes the groundbreaking The Ring (1976) which sparked both outrage and a 90 minute standing ovation and From the House of the Dead (2007), described by the New York Times as ‘arresting’ and ‘riveting’.

His film La Reine Margot won the Jury Prize at Cannes (1994) and more recently he directed the film adaptation of Hanif Kureshi’s Intimacy. In 2010, he was granted the honour of transforming the galleries of the Lovure into a performance space, garnering plaudits from all corners.

I Am the Wind marks his first theatrical production in the UK for over 25 years.

Simon Stephens (Adaptor/Playwright)

‘The ever exciting Stephens has a pitch perfect ear for narrative.’ Independent

Simon Stephens’ work includes the Olivier Award winning On the Shore of the Wide World (National Theatre), where he also presented his highly acclaimed Harper Regan. 

Stephen’s work hasn’t shied away from the most contemporary of subjects, with the Edinburgh smash-hit Pornography tackling the London bombings, Motortown (Royal Court) on the Iraq War and the recent highly acclaimed Punk Rock (Lyric Hammersmith) inspired by the Columbine shootings.

Jon Fosse (Playwright)

‘The Beckett of the 21st century’ Le Monde

Described by the Financial Times as ‘Norway’s top contemporary playwright’ and the Daily Telegraph as one of their 100 living geniuses, Jon Fosse is Europe’s most widely performed living playwright. 

Fosse was awarded the Ordre National du Mérite, France’s highest cultural honour. Other work includes Someone is Going to Come, And We’ll Never Be Parted and Night Sings its Songs.

By Jon Fosse

English Language version by Simon Stephens

Direction Patrice Chéreau

Artistic Collaboration Thierry Thieû Niang

Win a pair of tickets to see I Am the Wind at the Young Vic

Visit the competition page for your chance to win, or you could buy tickets here. You can also get a 50% discount for being a 50connect member, just call 020 7922 2922 and quote “Odyssey” or go online and enter Odyssey into promotion code box

Valid May performances for discount

May 3 (2pm & 7.30pm)

May 5 (2pm)

May 6 (7.30pm)

May 7 (2pm & 7.30pm)

May 9 (7.30pm)

Tickets are subject to availability and will cost £13.75 instead of £27.50

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