ITA on screen: Weg met Eddy Bellegueule
After the success of livestreams via ITALive, we are expanding the palette with ITA on screen. Registrations of live streams on the big screen in one of ITA's auditoriums.
Édouard Louis took the world by storm with his successful autobiographical novel The End of Eddy. Without much frills but with ample dry wit, the novel tells the life story of a homosexual boy in an extremely homophobic environment. Director Eline Arbo made an acclaimed theatrical and musical adaptation of this novel.
‘Beyond a doubt, the best play of the year’ - NRC Handelsblad
This registration is to be seen within the framework of Festival Brandhaarden.
Duration 100 minutes
Language Dutch with English subtitles
Electrifying, heart-breaking and sincere
Growing up in a small village in Northern France – in a mundane, vulgar and merciless working-class environment – the gentle and sensitive Eddy is doing his best to fit in. We follow him during his many attempts at being a ‘normal boy’. Eventually though, he sees no other option than to leave his family behind and start over somewhere else.
Director Eline Arbo made her own theatrical and musical adaptation of this novel. ‘As if it were a compelling choreography, text, music and stage design are constantly interacting with each other, resulting in a colourful and unpredictable evening of theatre.’ -|- Four young actors play all the characters. Their astounding performance earned them a nomination for the Louis d’Or. It is the first time that multiple actors are nominated as one. ‘Victor IJdens, Jesse Mensah, Felix Schellekens and Romijn Scholten are a force to be reckoned with. Their loving, energetic and emotional performance is void of any vanity.’ - jury’s report of the Dutch Theatre Festival. Actor Jesse Mensah will be added to the ensemble of ITA upcoming season.
Both the press and the audience, as well as writer Édouard Louis himself, were overwhelmed and moved after seeing the play. The play became the no. 1 theatre hit of 2020. Eline Arbo was given the VSCD directing award for this production and the performance was selected for the Dutch Theatre Festival: ‘Weg Met Eddy Bellegueule never becomes judgmental, but makes an almost impossible compassion palpable. The result is electrifying, heart-breaking and sincere theatre, which will haunt you for months to come.’ - jury’s report of the Dutch Theatre Festival.
Brandhaarden is an international theatre festival that brings performances by notable theatre makers from abroad to Amsterdam. The festival offers a unique overview of one creator, house, region or theme. Previous editions have put the spotlight on directors such as Katie Mitchell, Milo Rau and the Rimini Protokoll collective, and city theatres such as Münchner Kammerspiele, Volksbühne Berlin and Peter Brook's Théâtre Bouffes du Nord. In 2020, the festival focused for the first time on one region, Southern Europe, and showed notable dance and theatre productions from Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece.
The tenth edition of the ITA Festival, from 19 February to 3 March, focuses on the work of one of the most celebrated writers of his generation: Édouard Louis.
In the press
‘A highlight of this theatre season’ Critic’s choice - Theaterkrant
‘The sublime direction gives the chilling story a heart-warming vibe’ ★★★★★ - Dagblad vh Noorden
‘Beautiful and compelling […] An ode to theatre’ ★★★★ - Volkskrant
‘One of the best plays of this season’ ★★★★ - NRC
‘A beautiful drama about being different in a coarse environment’ ★★★★ - Trouw
‘A poignant, moving and unforgettable play’ ★★★★★ - RiRo
‘Excellent cast, impressive direction’ ★★★★ - Scenes
‘The theatre version of Édouard Louis’ hit novel is impressively strong’ - Parool
‘An overwhelming experience’ - Haarlems Dagblad
‘It’s so triumphant at all levels, so incredibly complete’ - Hans Kesting in VPRO Mondo