Following on From the lifes of the marionettes, Nanouk Leopold is now directing the ITA ensemble in The Homecoming, one of the most frequently performed plays by English playwright and Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter. It is still the reference piece for the power game that colours human interaction.
Premier 13 oct 2019
Language Dutch, English surtitles on 17 oct, 21 & 28 nov
Duration 2 hours
Every scene is a showdown.
After a long stay in America, Teddy returns to the family home, which is exclusively occupied by men. His father, brothers and uncle have lived there for many years. It's a kingdom of men. To their surprise, he's not alone. He's accompanied by Ruth, to whom he is married. As a result, all of the relationships are on edge. The homecoming is one of the most frequently staged pieces by Harold Pinter, English playwright and winner of the Nobel Prize for literature.
Nanouk Leopold is known as a feature film director. She won a Golden Calf in the Netherlands and her films have been selected for prestigious festivals such as Cannes and Berlin. Uit het leven van marionetten (The Life of Puppets) in 2017 was her first foray into theatre direction at ITA.
Nanouk Leopold: “The order within a family is disrupted. Five men and one woman, who's the strongest, each scene a showdown. The homecoming makes you think about the different roles that are played within a changing power structure where the position of victim and perpetrator is ambiguous. The power and timelessness of Pinter lies in the abstraction of his stories, the compelling form and the balance they strike between cruelty and humour.”
'In deze nagenoeg ideale bezetting zijn Maria Kraakman (Ruth) en Mardo (Lenny) met hun onbestemde grilligheid de meest pinteriaanse personages. Als pater familias is Gijs Scholten van Aschat superieur. Hij heerst even proleterig als melancholiek over zijn tanende koninkrijkje en beheerst de voorstelling.' - de Volkskrant ★★★★
Oppervlakkige bewerking van Pinters controversiële klassieker - NRC Handelsblad★★
‘Fascinerende en ontregelende ervaring’ – Theaterkrant
'Prachtige spel van de acteurs'- ZUBB
There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false. – Harold Pinter
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by Harold Pinter
directed by Nanouk Leopold
dramaturgy Kleo Van Ostade
translation Peter van Kraaij
scenographer Elsje de Bruijn
light Mark Van Denesse
music Roeland Fernhout
editor Katharina Wartena
video design Leopold Emmen, Mark Thewessen
costumes Wojciech Dziedzic
private producer Rob en Marijke van Oordt
assistant director Daniël ’t Hoen, Tessa de Graaf (intern)
assistant scenographer Ramón Huijbrechts, Zaza Dupont
assistant dramaturgy Eline De Mey (intern)
assistant costumes Leanne Vandenbussche
head technical ensemble Götz Schwörer
production leader Inge Zeilinga
technical Arist Richartz (stage manager), Sander van
Elteren, Stijn van der Leeuw, Emile Bleeker, Marijn Cinjee (intern),
Jorik Damman (intern), Zinzi Kemper, Manon van den Nouland, Mark
Thewessen, Tim Vleugel, Ruud de Vos, Daan Westerdorp
costumes department Farida Bouhbouh, Jacolien Honders (dressing), Wim van Vliet (head)
hair & grime Mirjam Venema
execution scenography BlowUps, LevTec
casting advisory Hans Kemna
fotography Jan Versweyveld
image editing Dim Balsem
graphic design Sara Fortuin, Serena Kloet, Studio ITA
publicity Selman Aqiqi
camera Rutger Storm
camera assistant Niels Roosendaal
gaffer Jeroen de Jong, Dirk Bloemraad
sound Bram Meindertsma
With six feature films so far, Nanouk Leopold (1968) is one of the most prominent directors in the Netherlands who writes her own scenarios and screenplays. Her films are selected for prestigious film festivals such as Cannes and Berlin. For Guernsey, she received a Golden Calf for best director and Maria Kraakman won one for best leading actress.