FEATS2016 DAY 3 SNEAK PREVIEW

FEATS DAY 3

Saturday 7 May

Saturday is the only night that not a single Belgium-based group is performing –  so the locals can sit back and eye up the competition.  We are also going to be treated to not one but two original scripts,   and some more thought-provoking material.

Our first guests of the night are the “In Players International” from Amsterdam.  Their original script is written by Giorgi Corrêa Rossi, directed by Giorgi Corrêa Rossi and stars Giorgi Corrêa Rossi.  Clearly a busy man, although he does have quite a large supporting cast.  His piece is called “Creativity in the time of Dictatorship”, which is inspired by memories from his own youth, and the political dictatorship of Brazil in the 1960’s and 70’s.  The military government censored the press, violated human rights, suppressed freedom of expression, and banned the performing arts, music and art.  But creativity will always find a way.

Next we have an all-female cast from “Semi-Circle”, based in Basel, Switzerland.   “Syrinx” by well-known writer Kate Mosse is set in the office of school principal Marion Knowles, who is about to leave. The play examines the impact on the relationship between four friends of a dramatic incident a few years earlier.   Marion tries to bring closure.

Our final performance of the night is by another all-female cast from “Actors Workout”, Munich.  In “Paper God”, an original script by Peter Bishop and Colleen Burke, a wife and her three daughters gather around the bed of husband and father Harold Coleman as he lies critically ill in intensive care.  In the conversations that follow, personal revelations and old conflicts emerge.

Lots of women, lots of contrasts, and lots of creativity.  What better way to spend a Saturday night?

 

 

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DAY ONE AT FEATS2016

FEATS2016   5-8 May, Woluwe Cultural  Centre,

Proudly hosted by the ECC

DAY ONE

FEATS 2016 will start with a bang!  First up on the FEATS stage on Thursday 5th May is the Brussels Shakespeare Society’s “Wulf”,  a reworking of the 11th century  epic saga Beowulf staged as only  Stephen Challens  knows how.  Two tribes,  Geats and Danes – all women – battle monsters and dragons, in a tale of heroic deeds and bloody deaths.  It’s high drama all the way.

We then zip forward to the modern day with “Remote” performed by another Brussels group, the very talented young actors of the English Youth Theatre, directed by Lynne Vaughan.  The play, written by Stef Smith, was originally commissioned by the National Theatre of London specifically for young people, and was first performed in 2015.   A young girl, fed up with everything, decides to hide herself high up in a tree so she cannot be found.  Then seven teenagers come into the park.  It is a tale of protest, power and protecting yourself.

The closing play of the night is another original script, “Once Bitten”, written and directed by Fergus Moloney of the Bonn Players.  With a much smaller cast – just two young women and a spider – this black comedy takes us to the Australian outback to explore serious themes with cheerful irreverence.

Just in case all that is not enough to whet your appetite, consider the competitive edge to the night.  Two Brussels groups competing against each other (BSS and EYT),  two original scripts vying for attention (Wulf and Once Bitten),  and  family rivalry in the form of  mother versus son (Lynne Vaughan, Steve Challens).  Don’t miss the drama, get your tickets now, from: http://www.thelittleboxoffice.com/ecc

Watch this space for news about  days 2, 3 and  4.

Dates:   5 to 8 May 2016.  7.30 pm

Venue:  Woluwe-Saint-Pierre Cultural Centre, 93 Avenue Charles Thielemans, 1150 Woluwe-Saint-Pierre,

Ticket prices:   €20 per night, or  €70 for all  4 nights;  Students (with I.D.) €10 per night, or €35 for  4 nights

To book:  http://www.thelittleboxoffice.com/ecc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEATS 5-8 May 2016

Treat yourself to a feast of theatre over Ascension weekend, with the chance to see up to 12 one-act plays.  The ECC is hosting the 2016   Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies (FEATS) at the Woluwe St.Pierre Cultural Centre.  The festival is an annual competition between English-speaking amateur theatrical groups resident in mainland Europe to see who can put on the best production.  It consists of four evenings of first-class entertainment, with three one-act plays per evening.  The 12 competing groups can perform either published plays or original scripts, for a minimum of 25 minutes and a maximum 50, under the critical eye of a member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators.

There have been some stunning performances over the years, ranging from outrageously funny to deeply moving to simply breathtaking.  Some   participants have gone on to win other competitions, some original scripts have been published.  The standard is high.

Three Brussels-based groups are taking part, the Brussels Shakespeare Society, the Irish Theatre Group and the English Youth Theatre, so come along and support your friends and local talent.  You can attend for one, two, three or all four nights.

Date:   5 to 8 May 2016.  7.30 pm
Venue:  Woluwe-Saint-Pierre Cultural Centre, 93 Avenue Charles Thielemans, 1150 Woluwe-Saint-Pierre,
Ticket prices:   €20 per night, or  €70 for all  4 nights;  Students (with I.D.) €10 per night, or €35 for  4 nights
To book:  http://www.thelittleboxoffice.com/ecc

If you have any problems using this booking system or wish to book for large groups, please contact tickets@ecc.theatreinbrussels.com.

Details of the final programme, together with more news and information, will be available at
http://feats2016.theatreinbrussels.com/