Saturday, 18 June 2011

Pim and Theo in London

The last few days we have been working on the early development of a new project about the very different but linked lives of two Dutch political figures who were both killed by extremists. Pim Fortyne was a right wing politician and Theo Van Goch was a satirist as film maker.

We have been trying to work out who they are and what we think about them.

They were both murdered in public and their deaths caused huge shock and outage in Holland. The show will be about the shape and nature of tolerance in our societies at the moment. Which feels very serious but also very vital and exciting.

Alex Byrne.

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Thursday, 2 June 2011

Pym and Theo first days

Over the last five days I have been working at Odsherred Theatre with Simon, Henrik and Mei on the very first steps of a new project about the very different and oddly linked lives of Pym Fortune and Theo Van Gogh. It's been a crazy time talking about politics, racism and murder.

The Odsherred Theatre is based in the former mental hospital in Sealand.

Next week we will be continuing this exploration in London. I will try to put some pictures from rehearsals up next week.

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Wednesday, 1 June 2011

ASSITEJ international Award

I am very pleased to announce here that last friday we won the ASSITEJ International Honorary Presidents Award at the ASSITEJ World Congress. This is a major award of international standing and is only given every three years. The award was shared with Grouppe 38 from Denmark. There was a short ceremony at which Dave, Liz, Iva and Kjell gave a great performance of some music.