A Q&A with Titus de Voogdt from The History of the World (Based on Banalities)
In The History of the World (Based on Banalities), a youngster, Philip, 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.
Titus De Voogdt, the performer in The History of the World (Based on Banalities), is a beloved Belgian actor who works for theatre, film and television. He has worked/s with renowned directors as Arne Sierens (theater writer and director) and Felix Van Groeningen (movie director). He also starred as Vincent Bourg in the BBC-series The Missing (2014).
We are so excited to have you here in Vancouver. What makes you most excited about bringing this show to Vancouver?
I have never been here before. Vancouver always had an attraction on me, and I am very happy to finally be here. Besides, I love hiking and fishing so I hope I will get some opportunities in my free time to do so.
You are one of the co-writers of the show — what was the inspiration?
I’ve always been interested in inventions, how things work and stuff is made throughout history. That has been a key inspiration for writing this show.
While I was working on the script, Peter Higgs won a Nobel price for his work on the Higgs-Boson particle. It caught my attention and I started reading up on it. In this way it became a mayor topic in the show…
Your character, Philip, is interested in illusions and fantasy — do you share these interests with him?
I do, although I’m lousy at it, I like to do a coin trick from time to time..
What makes doing this show fun for you?
That it’s quite physical, it feels like a workout to me.
What makes doing this show meaningful for you?
I hope people who see the show learn a thing or two about science they didn’t knew before. With a bit of luck it even moves them in the process.
The History of the World (Based on Banalities) features a musician (Geoffrey Burton- from Hong Kong Dong) who joins you on stage for the show — what is it like doing a show with live rock music?
It’s great, although he claims he is NOT a rock musician. It’s really a dialogue…the music brings the script to a higher level.
You do a lot of film and television work as well as theatre work — what are you working on these days?
Just finished a 12-episode series about a hostage situation in a bank it is called ‘de dag’ meaning ‘the Day.’ In Belgian TV an movies I usually play the bad guy. Don’t ask me why….