Following on from Uit het leven van marionetten, 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
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.”
direction Nanouk Leopold
with Maarten Heijmans, Fred Goessens, Achraf Koutet, Maria Kraakman, Majd Mardo,
Gijs Scholten van Aschat
dramaturgy Kleo van Ostade
scenography Elsje de Bruijn
lighting design Mark Vandenesse
sound design Roeland Fernhout
editor Katharina Wartena
costume design Wojciech Dziedzic