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Pieter De Buysser and Hans Op de Beeck, Belgium

Book Burning | Project Arts Centre (Space Upstairs) | Oct 8 – 11

Book Burning, Margarita Production, Belgium. Hans Op de Beeck, Pieter de Buysser, Dublin Theatre Festival

History is clogged. There are no more revolutions. What else can we add?

In Book Burning, Pieter De Buysser tells the story of Sebastian, a man he met at an Occupy demonstration, whose life has become embroiled in a WikiLeaks scandal. He follows the man’s search to discover the root of a genetic illness that took the life of his wife and now threatens the life of his daughter, Tilda. She just wants to forget it all.

This is a play about forgetting and forgiving, knowledge and riddles, secrets and the lack of stories. It is a captivating fable, told by a charming story-teller in the guise of Schrödinger’s cat, about personal histories, globalisation and the beginnings of a new world.

Staged alongside a beautiful, unfolding landscape created by visual artist Hans Op de Beeck, Book Burning testifies to the possibilities of language and the magical power of a radical imagination.

  • Production: Margarita Production / Hiros
  • Co-production: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Kaaitheater, Festival Baltoscandal, Belluard Bollwerk International, Teater Avant Garden, BIT Teatergarasjen, Brut Wien, Richard Jordan Productions Ltd.
  • Project co-producted by NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.
  • With the support of: Koninklijke Bibliotheek België, Göteborgs Dance & Teater Festival, The Flemish Government.

Information and Tickets:

  • Venue: Project Arts Centre (Space Upstairs)
  • Dates: Wed Oct 8 – Sat Oct 11, 7.30pm
  • Tickets: €20 – €25
  • Duration: 90 mins. No interval.
  • Talking Theatre: Oct 11, post-show. With Pieter De Buysser.

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"A truly original piece of theatre. Five stars hardly does it justice." The Latest UK


Cast and Creative Team:

  • Concept: Pieter De Buysser and Hans Op de Beeck
  • Design: Hans Op de Beeck
  • Written and performed by: Pieter De Buysser
  • Lighting Design and Technician: Herman Sorgeloos
  • Dramaturgy: Marianne Van Kerkhoven (Kaaitheater)
  • English Language Coaching: Miles O'Shea
  • English Translation: Jodie Hruby, Miles O'Shea and Pieter De Buysser

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