Sunday, 8 May

It has been a FABULOUS festival so far.  So much variety, so much talent. And what a party!

We have reached the last day already – judgement day! There are  nine prizes  up for grabs, including best performance (first, second and third place), best  actor, best actress,  best stage presentation, best stage management, best original script and the judge’s discretionary award.  The scoring system is explained in the programme, and you can keep score yourself each day and see if your views tally with those of adjudicator Bev Clark. But first,   we have three more groups vying for those prizes,   including two comedies, and one original script.

The love interest in our first play, “Soap Opera” by David Ives, is a washing machine. Naturally.   Men used to talk about their cars as if they were female, so why wouldn’t a washing machine repair man fall in love with the perfect machine (that his mum gave him)?  It’s a little awkward though, as he already has a girlfriend.   And – well, it’s, errrm, a machine.  The Hamburg Players promise us romance, comedy, philosophy, and plenty of puns.

The night’s original script comes from the Geneva English Drama Society, performing “Working Girl” written by (and starring) Béibhinn Regli.  Sophie is a student struggling to pay her way, in the midst of the economic crisis.  Sometimes you have  to do  whatever you can to  get that  extra  cash – but maybe not everyone in  a  small  community  in “Holy  Catholic Ireland” sees it that way.  It’s comedy with a serious, contemporary, message.

Closing the festival we have another Belgian-based group, the British American Theatrical Society from Antwerp, performing “Three more sleepless nights” by Caryl Churchill.  With one bed, two couples, and three short scenes (no machines…), the play explores human relationships through conversations that range from existential angst to sc-fi films; from explosive arguments to long silences.  But can they ever be happy?

Whatever the results, every performance promises to be treat, and every group has put an enormous amount of work into bringing their show to you, both on stage and behind the scenes.  And as if that weren’t enough, there is also lots more going on in The Fringe!  Check out the FEATS website for details  http://theatreinbrussels.com/feats2016/index.php/2015/05/11/fringe-festival/.

The ECC looks forward to welcoming all the competing groups to Brussels, and looks forward to seeing you all at what promises to be a truly spectacular festival of  theatre.

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


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