Based on the play
by Georg Büchner
Major funding for this production was provided by The Rockefeller Foundation and The Samuel Rubin Foundation.
This program was made possible by a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
The financial assistance of the following South African institutions made this project possible: The Foundation for the Creative Arts, The Standard Bank National Festival of the Arts, The Johannesburg City Council, The German Embassy, and The Department of National Education.
HANDSPRING PUPPET COMPANY was founded in 1981 by Adrian Kohler, Jill Joubert, Basil Jones and Jon Weinberg. Initially Handspring toured southern Africa with a number of original plays for children. When performing in schools became problematic during the state of emergency, the company relocated to Johannesburg to be closer to the film and TV industry. Handspring is also involved in the educational arena and the Handspring Trust for Puppetry in Education is currently running a multimedia science education program for black learners aged 8 to 12 years using TV, comics and radio. In 1991, Handspring Puppet Company received special Vita Award for Contributions for South African Theatre. Woyzeck on the Highveld marks the first collaboration between Handspring and filmmaker/artist William Kentridge. It received a Vita Award for New South African Play of the Year in 1992-1993 as well as National Vita awards for lighting design, sets and costumes. The play has toured to Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Scotland, Spain and Switzerland.