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Animal

Carte blanche given by the Théâtre Le Public (Bruxelles) to Pietro Pizzuti ; collectively written by Donatienne Cappelle, Catherine Graindorge, Caroline Kempeneers, Magali Pinglaut, Pietro Pizzuti, Virginie Thirion and Laurence Vielle. A tribute to extinct animals, including ourselves. A...


B.U.I.T.E.N. Airlines

On the eve of his annual leave, Jos Verbeeck, a happy-go-lucky forty-something Belgian with an Olympian physique and an earthy local accent, boards flight 292 of the new Belgian airline, B.U.I.T.E.N. Airlines(Brussels Undercover Intervention Team for Expulsion of Non-natives Airlines), bound...


Pop-Corn

MartO, a widely acclaimed sexy clown, has sent the audience ratings through the ceiling. She is the star presenter of « Pop-Corn, the show where you squirm if you can! ». The most politically incorrect TV show of the decade. The rules of the game are clear: she invites the most prominent...


L’initiatrice - The initiator

First performed at the Théâtre Le Public on 9 September 2009 under the direction of Guy Theunissen. Cast: Babetida Sadjo and Patricia Ide. Nowadays, in the world that we will pass on to our heirs, a white woman discovers a black woman squatting in an empty flat to which she has the keys. She is...


Kif-kif

One night a father and son are talking to each other. The father has just been elected to high office, but his son did not vote for him. They engage in their customary verbal jousts. They play at showing disdain for each other, make camouflaged confessions, settle their scores or engage in...


L’eau du loup - The Wolf’s water

An old house from the colonial period in a large Southern country. At the back of the property springs an age-old source from which the village draws its lifeblood. A woman and a white-haired man are speaking to each other. They appear to be poles apart: he is the managing director of one of...


Placebo

Dodo and Dédé have been married for sixty years. When they speak, they do so very slowly, punctuated by long silences. When they are not talking, they occupy themselves, breath heavily or doze. This evening Rose is coming to visit them. The characters: Dédé, Dodo, Rose. French...


Le silence des mères - Mothers’ silence

A mother and her daughter. They both have cancer. The mother does not know yet; she talks a lot. The daughter knows she has cancer, but says nothing. She dies first, without saying a word. The mother discovers the truth and says nothing, as did her daughter. Before dying, she meets her...


Le sacrifice du martin-pêcheur - The kingfisher’s sacrifice

A small island in the Indian Ocean. A mother has come to recover the body of her son who died in uncertain circumstances. Martin had been working for an NGO which was involved in the struggle for fishing rights on the island. In the village another mother has seen her son, Farouk, thrown into...


L’hiver de la cigale - Pinocchio’s tears

Winter 2002. Laura Welter has been placed in custody. She is accused of killing General Oscar Antonio Somadossi Roederer, a former ruling dictator in her country. The judicial authorities are preparing the case against her and, if found guilty, will need to establish a motive. The defence...


N’être / Birth (or not)

The play and the characters: In a world where babies walk around eyes open wide taking in exhaust fumes, where soon cloning will replace hugging, where barbarity has been destroying man since time memorial, we still beget children with an unshakeable hope which is searching for the meaning of...


La résistante - Resistant author

A woman writes a play about which we know nothing apart from what we learn from the two characters who speak to her: a woman who is one of life’s fighters and a child soldier. The play deals with the issues of war, the violence that is prevalent in men, their propensity to harm each other, as if...


Alba rosa - Pink morning dawn

The play portrays the personal upheaval of Anne, a young 26-year-old woman who decides to enter a convent. Her family and partner greet this decision with incomprehension and have great difficulty accepting her choice. The play follows Anne through this first-time experience. She learns to...


Ce soir relâche / No performance this evening

The play was written for the actor, Jacques Lippe, who was unable to perform it before his death on 21 September 1990. The play stars the genius lighting engineer Léopold Scoopens, who is a theatre lover. One night the three heroines of the tragedy, Clytemnestre, Bérénice and Iphigénie, pay him a...


Leonardo ou le souci de l’éphémère - Leonardo or the concern for the ephemeral

In this play Leonardo da Vinci is brought face to face with a contemporary author who is writing his life story or inventing it. Historical personalities, as well as personalities the artist painted and loved, meet and confront each other on stage. Leonardo da Vinci is symbolic of the creative...


Les ailes de la nuit - The wings of the night

We are on a large boat out on the seas, or sitting out on a patio overlooking the Piazza Navona … what is certain is that throughout the action the night is descending and dawn is taking an age to arrive. There are four protagonists, two of whom are or were a couple. They meet, abandon each...


Arlecchino senza maschera - Harlequin unmasked

This is a solo play portraying a disoriented Harlequin who has lost his comic talent. In his distress he indulges in all sorts of jests before coming to the realisation that the freedom the author is offering him is a magnificent gift. (Delphine Martens, in « L’exil en littérature », dissertation,...


Sans l’avis du peintre - Without the painter’s opinion

The play centres on a painting by Caravaggio, Madonna of the Papal Grooms. The three people depicted in the painting -the mother, the child and the other person- come out of the painting to tell their story. The mother kills a snake with her bare foot in order to protect her son, with the third...