ITA–Ensemble

Who Killed My Father

Who Killed My Father
07 Sep '22 to 24 Sep '22
ITA-ensemble / Ivo van Hove

'Hans Kesting overwhelms in theatrical version Who Killed My Father.' - NRC ★★★★

Ivo van Hove adapted Who Killed My Father, by literary sensation Édouard Louis, for the stage. Van Hove turned the very outspoken book into a monologue, especially for Hans Kesting.

Exclusively for The Young Vic, Hans Kesting performs his acclaimed monologue Who Killed My Father in English.

Location The Young Vic, London
Run time 85 minutes
Genre Theatre
Language English

Ivo van Hove © Jan Versweyveld

Ivo van Hove about Who Killed My Father in The Young Vic

'After having worked with great pleasure on A View from the Bridge and Eelco Smits' monologue at The Young Vic, I am looking forward to coming back with Hans Kesting with this beautiful and, above all, necessary monologue.'
Who Killed My Father © Jan Versweyveld
Who Killed My Father © Jan Versweyveld

Who Killed My Father

The anger-soaked Who killed my father is written in the form a letter to his father. Louis found his inspiration in a visit he paid to his father after not seeing him for some time, finding him almost unrecognizable. The man had become ill and aged prematurely, the result of a life marked by alcohol, social deprivation, hard work, and an industrial accident. -|-Louis explains this to the elite, for whom politics is primarily an 'aesthetic issue': they engage in politics that has virtually no influence on their lives. The underclass, on the other hand, is devastated by cutbacks in benefits.

According to the French weekly L'Opinion, the book is read in the Élysée - the official residence of the French president. Louis' diagnosis would align perfectly with Emmanuel Macron's. The writer himself sees it very differently. "My book is against who you are and what you do," he tweeted to Macron. "I write to disgrace you.”

REVIEWS

NRC

'Hans Kesting overwhelms in theatrical version Who Killed My Father.'

De Volkskrant

'Merciless and moving portrait.'

author

Édouard Louis

In France, the author Édouard Louis (1992) has been acclaimed as the greatest literary sensation since Michel Houellebecq. In his autobiographical literary debut The End of Eddy (En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule), he looked back on his tormented youth as a young gay man in the forgotten underclass of society: the north of France, which was ravaged by unemployment. Then came History of Violence (Histoire de la violence) where he tells about the night he was raped by the Algerian Reda, but he then refuses to press charges. It is a novel that explores the causes and effects of violence in an intimate, personal, and politically motivated manner.

In his work, Louis invites discussion about subjects such as class differences, racism, and homophobia. The author does not shy away from political statements: He stood firmly with the yellow vests movement and he took the fight directly to French President Macron: “My book rebels against who you are and what you do.”

Who Killed My Father © Jan Versweyveld
Ivo van Hove
Director
Ivo van Hove

Ivo van Hove has been director of Internationaal Theater Amsterdam since 2001.

In season 22|23, he will be directing My Heavenly Favourite (Marieke Lucas Rijneveld) at ITA and his directing of Age of rage, A little life, The Damned, Battles and metamorphoses of a woman, Kings of War and Who killed my father will be reprised.

View Profile
Who Killed My Father © Jan Versweyveld
Hans Kesting
Actor
Hans Kesting

Hans Kesting (1960) has been performing with the ITA-ensemble since 1987.

In season 22|23 he will perform in the premieres of My heavenly favourite (director Ivo van Hove) and Blood wedding (director Wim Vandekeybus) and in the revivals of Who killed my father, Judas, Age of rage, Kings of war, A little life and The Damned.

View Profile

Credits

after the book by Édouard Louis
translation, adaptation and direction Ivo van Hove
with Hans Kesting
scenography and lighting Jan Versweyveld
costumes An D'Huys
music George Dhauw
co-producer deSingel Antwerp
private producer Jeroen van Ingen and Jaap Kooijman, Bertil van Kaam

MORE ITA-ENSEMBLE

Language NP Language no problem Cliënt E. Busken
on Tour
ITA–EnsembleTheater Cliënt E. Busken
Close Cliënt E. Busken ITA-ensemble / Maria Kraakman
13 Sep '21 to 31 May '22
Maria Kraakman will make her debut as director with Cliënt E. Busken, a monologue played by Gijs Scholten van Aschat and musician Jip van den Dool. The text is based on the latest novel by Jeroen Brouwers.
Language NP Language no problem the damned
on Tour
ITA–EnsembleTheater the damned
Close the damned ITA–Ensemble
15 Jun '22 to 23 Jul '22
ITA in the Amsterdamse Bostheater
Language NP Language no problem Client E. BuskenITA–EnsembleTheater Client E. Busken
Close Client E. Busken ITA–Ensemble
17 Aug '22 to 27 Aug '22
Maria Kraakman made her debut as director with Client E. Busken, a monologue played by Gijs Scholten van Aschat and musician Jip van den Dool. The text is based on the latest novel by Jeroen Brouwers.
Language NP Language no problem a little life
on Tour
ITA–EnsembleTheater a little life
Close a little life ITA–Ensemble
20 Aug '22 to 22 Aug '22
No novel has captivated and moved millions of readers during the past few years like A little life by American author Hanya Yanagihara.
Language NP Language no problem The magic mountain
on Tour
ITA–EnsembleTheater The magic mountain
Close The magic mountain ITA–Ensemble
26 Aug '22 to 28 Aug '22
At the beginning of the twentieth century, young Hans Castorp goes to a sanatorium in Davos, Switzerland, to visit his cousin. He plans to spend three weeks with him there, but will end up staying for seven years.
Language NP Language no problem The doctor ITA-ensemble / Robert Icke Theater The doctor
Close The doctor ITA-ensemble / Robert Icke
06 Sep '22 to 16 Sep '22
Robert Icke has a warm heart for the classics, which he adapts in his own personal and radical way. Once again, he is making a contemporary adaptation, this time of Professor Bernhardi by Arthur Schnitzler.
Language NP Language no problem Who Killed My Father
on Tour
ITA–EnsembleTheater Who Killed My Father
Close Who Killed My Father ITA-ensemble / Ivo van Hove
07 Sep '22 to 24 Sep '22
Exclusively for The Young Vic, Hans Kesting performs his acclaimed monologue Who Killed My Father in English.
Language NP Language no problem Battles and metamorphoses of a woman
on Tour
ITA–EnsembleTheater Battles and metamorphoses of a woman
Close Battles and metamorphoses of a woman ITA-ensemble / Ivo van Hove
13 Sep '22 to 22 Dec '22
One day, Édouard Louis stumbles upon a photograph of his mother when she was 20 years old. A happy young woman full of hope, full of dreams. But he himself only knows his mother as totally unhappy, trapped in a routine life as a housewife.
Language NP Language no problem JudasITA–EnsembleTheater Judas
Close Judas ITA-ensemble / Robert Icke
29 Sep '22 to 09 Oct '22
The name Judas is familiar to many of us. The traitor. The scorned man. A man condemned century after century for his cunning cowardice and who to this day deserves no pardon - or - is that perhaps half a story?
Language NP Language no problem who killed my father
on Tour
ITA–EnsembleTheater who killed my father
Close who killed my father ITA-ensemble / Ivo van Hove
12 Oct '22 to 14 Oct '22
Ivo van Hove adapted Who killed my father by literary sensation Édouard Louis. Van Hove turned the very outspoken book into a monologue, especially for Hans Kesting.
Language NP Language no problem the lehman trilogyITA–EnsembleTheater the lehman trilogy
Close the lehman trilogy ITA–Ensemble
26 Oct '22 to 23 Dec '22
Slavery and industrialisation, war and new technological developments: no matter what is happening in America and even worldwide, the Lehmans always know how to make good money from it.