The Street of Crocodiles is an endlessly shifting mirage where people become birds, books fly through the air, and Death collects train tickets.
A feather falls out of a book marked for destruction, and takes Joseph back to his childhood memories of woodworking classes, family dinners, an attic aviary, and an upholstery shop full of swooping bolts of expensive cloth. The play’s fantastical, surreal and poetic scenes were inspired by the life and work of Polish writer Bruno Schulz (1892–1942), mingling the sensuous accents of his stories with the ominous approach of the fascist aggressors who cut the writer’s life short. It is a restless, evocative and endlessly inventive dance of memory and story, a narrative of wit and power.
Originally co-produced by Theatre de Complicite at the Royal National Theatre it opened at the Cottesloe in 1992 and toured all over the world.