Death and the Ploughman


    By The Mechanical Animal Corporation in association with Tobacco Factory Theatres and Arnos Vale Trust.

    A compelling exploration of love and loss, set amidst the stunning Arnos Vale Cemetery. Johannes von Saaz’s scintillating dialouge was penned the day after he lost his wife in childbirth. Here he locks horns with Death in a journey through descpair, laughter and love.


    additional information

    Archived show. To book any of our productions please contact Kerrie Burke-Avery, Producer, on 0117 963 0963 or email

    RUNNING TIME 2hrs (no interval)
    ORIGINAL VENUE Arnos Vale Cemetery

    Cast & Creative

    creative team

    Director – Tom Bailey
    Designer – Chris Gylee
    Lighting Designer – Josh Pharo
    Musical Director – Verity Standen
    Writer – Johannes Von Saaz


    Death – Helen Millar
    Ploughman – Paul Rattray



    Helen Millar plays Death proud and persistent. Paul Rattray’s Ploughman has a dogged courage and just the right hint of hubris

    The Guardian

    Highly creative design by Chris Gylee and lighting designer Josh Pharo who invoke, in a range of sets dotted around the locations, a range of visual artists, most notably Salvadore Dali, in one set with its cluttered dream imagery full of twisting angles

    Whats on Stage

    A fascinating atmospheric evening

    Bristol Post

    Stunningly designed by Chris Gylee

    Bristol Culture

    A philosophical piece that strives, and succeeds, to cause the audience to think about what is really important in life – and in death

    Theatre Bristol