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The History of the World (Based on Banalities)

Kopergietery and Richard Jordan Productions in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth, Summerhall and Big in Belgium

Apr 25 – May 5, 2018 | York Theatre [map link]

York Theatre

A poignant tale of loss, laced with magic and rock music! Suitable for ages 12 and up!

WARNING: This show contains haze.
A youngster decides to look after his mother in the last months of her life. Starting from run-of-the-mill situations and objects, he embarks on a quirky voyage through her past.

Performed by Titus De Voogdt (star of The Missing), with live music from Geoffrey Burton’s electric guitar, one of Belgium’s most exciting youth-focused theatre companies makes its Vancouver debut.

The History of the World (Based on Banalities) is a story about dealing with loss and coming to terms with the lost and beautiful moments of our lives; the small and seemingly meaningless banalities that tie us together.

Solo tour de force”
—Lincoln Kaye, Vancouver Observer

The History of the World is undeniably quirky but it keeps you engaged in its off-beat examination of death and longing, physics and magic”
—Jo Ledingham, joledingham.ca

Texturally, this show is fantastic. Titus De Voogdt, who co-wrote the text with director Johan De Smet, plays Phil with pre-adolescent vitality, scampering around the dirty-kitchen set like a monkey, clambering up the cupboards, leaping onto the table. He’s so frank and scruffy that you can almost smell his socks”
—Colin Thomas, colinthomas.ca

It might be difficult to imagine a story about death being charming, but that is exactly what Belgian actor Titus De Voogdt conjures on The Cultch’s York Theatre stage in The History of the World (Based on Banalities)”
—Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents

This quick-witted play about what it means to lose someone you love dearly—even if you don’t fully understand them—is touching, comedic, and tragic. Theatre can have its own magic. The History of the World (Based on Banalities) mesmerizes” — Connal McNamara, Vancouver Weekly

A sparkling, shimmering performance”

A fast-paced gem of a play…full of quick-witted comedy that yields dazzling theatre”
—Knack Magazine, Belgium

By turns surprising, funny and poignant”
—Wow Magazine

Deceptively poignant piece possessed with low-key depth accentuated by De Voogdt’s perennially optimistic seeker after truth”
—The Herald Scotland

Titus De Voogdt
Geoffrey Burton
Live Music: Geoffrey Burton
Text: Johan De Smet and Titus De Voogdt
Director: Johan De Smet
with Titus De Voogdt
Composition: Geoffrey Burton
Scenography: Karel Clemminck, Johan De Smet, Titus De Voogdt, Jeroen Doise, and Sebastien Van Huffel
Sound: Korneel Moreaux
Technique: Sebastien Van Huffel
Set Construction: Great Northern Way Scene Shop
Props Buyer: Carol Macdonald

Apr 25, 8PM: Preview
Apr 26, 8PM: Opening Night
Apr 27 – 28, 8PM
Apr 29, 2PM
May 1 -5, 8PM

Running Time:
80 minutes, no intermission

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