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World Without Us

Ontroerend Goed, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Vooruit, Richard Jordan Productions in association with Summerhall and Big in Belgium | A Scotsman Fringe First winner

Apr 17 – 29, 2018 | Historic Theatre [map link]

Historic Theatre

Ontroerend Goed, creators of Fight Night, bring us a new piece about the end of humanity and what comes after. We could hardly imagine it: no mortgages, no knitted scarves, no swimming pools, no butterfly strokes, and no honey kept in glass jars. Animals would no longer be stuffed, skyscrapers no longer built. There would be no more suicide and no more mathematics. No more talk about the old days, about what’s possible. There would be no more memories, no more words.

We could hardly imagine it. It would never get this far. We’d find a solution. A world without us.

We take the visitor on an imaginative trip into time, like if you were to open a time capsule and find some evidence or traces from five thousand years ago…you would find a recording and that would be my voice”
—Performer, Karolien De Bleser, in interview with The Vancouver Sun; read the full article here

The further the audience disconnects from its own reality, the deeper we slip inside World Without Us. There’s already a nice tension from De Bleser’s delivery—the warm lilt of her voice juxtaposed with the almost scientific detachment of her observations—and the darkness heightens the mounting anxiety as we get farther and farther into the timeline”
—Andrea Warner, The Georgia Straight

It’s terrifyingly awesome… a dark, intense, unapologetic and sometimes funny speculation of a post-human world…Do I recommend it? Heck, yes”
—Alyssa Hirose, Vancouver Magazine

While the writing is wonderful, the actual experience exists mostly in your mind. That is the point. World Without Us is not visceral. It is a group thought-experiment. See it if your mind likes a workout”
—Chelsey Stuyt, Vancouver Presents

A poignant premonition of eco-disaster”
—The Guardian

As ever, it is the clarity, simplicity and brilliance of the form found in order to express specific content that dazzles when it comes to Ontroerend Goed’s work”
—exeunt magazine

The story is compelling, inventively written and implacably delivered”
—The Stage

Performer: Karolien De Bleser
Director: Alexander Devriendt
Text: Alexander Devriendt, Valentijn Dhaenens, Karolien De Bleser, & Joeri Smet
Scenography: Renato Nicolodi
Execution Scenography: Vormen
Lighting Design: Babette Poncelet
Sound Editing: Jeroen Wuyts
Video Editing: Benny Vandendriessche
Costumes: Rewind Black
Set Construction: Great Northern Way Scene Shop

Apr 17, 8PM: Preview
Apr 18, 8PM: Opening Night
Apr 19 – 21, 24 – 28, 8PM
Apr 22, 29 2PM

Running Time:
90 minutes, no intermission


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