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SKaGeN (Belgium), Richard Jordan Productions & Theatre Royal Plymouth (UK)

Nov 06 – 11, 2018 | York Theatre [map]

York Theatre

Tickets from just $24! / Best prices: Nov 6 and 7!
Senior Prices available!


An intimate look at the man-on-the-ground told by one performer projected five times over.

Canadian Premiere. Created and performed by Valentijn Dhaenens, SmallWaR employs technology to bring to life stories and verbatim reflections from soldiers and nurses in WWI. Multiple projection screens that span the width of the stage resurrect the subconscious of the seemingly lifeless, and limbless, soldier who lies in wait in a hospital bed while his nurse stands vigil at his side. SmallWaR draws on this time spent waiting, focusing on the deadlock of warfare rather than the action. Weaving together haunting soundscapes and true testimonies from the fallen, SmallWaR is a powerful and poignant exploration into the repercussions of humankind’s struggle to make peace.

There are passages in SmallWaR that are as exquisite as anything I’ve seen. The opening is a stunner”— Colin Thomas

SmallWaR is a poignantly quiet reaction to the horrors of war”— Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents

What most struck me in lots of soldier’s diaries was the difference between the sheer excitement and optimism about entering the war, and then not much later the total horror of being stuck in the muddy trenches, fearing to die”— Valentijn Dhaenens

“A haunting and beautiful multimedia exploration of the horrors of war” — The Daily Telegraph

Running Time:
70 minutes, no intermission


Nov 06, 8PM: Preview
Nov 07, 8PM: Opening Night
Nov 08 – 10, 8PM
Nov 11, 2PM

Post-show Artist Talkback: Nov 08

Creator and Performer: Valentijn Dhaenens
Lighting, Sound Design & Video Installation: Jeroen Wuyts
Production Management: Saskia Liénard