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01.12.21 01.12.28

Billy's Joy Needcompany

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Romeo the 'star-cross'd lover' is pulled out of his tragic story and is put in the place of our comedy: Fairyland.
practical

tickets

15 - 28 euros

general info

✔ NL, EN, SP & CATALAANS spoken
✔ NL & EN surtitles

estimated duration

1h45 min

Shakespeare has been a controversial artist for over 400 years. Sometimes he is the greatest ever, other times he is dismissed as an anti-Semitic mysoginist who especially got a kick out of conceiving violent scenes. That's what Billy's Violence covered extensively. In the eighteenth century, people detested the violence and dark twists in his tragedies. Consequently, these were shamelessly rewritten. Romeo and Juliet lived happily ever after! 

This inspired Needcompany to ask Victor Afung Lauwers to read the comedies and see what they can still mean in our time - a time of great controversies, vulgar polemics, cancel culture, structural racism, climate change, war. What is there left to laugh at? Is humour the coward's weapon or a form of activism?

"Billy's Joy: a liquid comedy, a 'HYSTORY', a battle of attrition. Something is rotten in Fairyland!"
Victor Lauwers

The essential difference between Shakespeare's tragedies and comedies is that the comedies are not funny. The pages of the comedies are a collection of prisms of eroticism, ranging from pastiche to obscurity. Performances of canonical texts like Shakespeare's have long ceased to be necessary. It is therefore not Victors intention to present a repertory piece. Rather, he is concerned with history - that is; with our mistakes. Those who do not want to know the past do not want to know themselves.

credits

text

Victor Afung Lauwers

coproduction

Impulstanz (Wenen), PerPodium, Le Quartz (Brest), The Shakespeare Festival (Gdansk), CC Brugge, Teatro Central (Sevilla)

production

Needcompany

Pieter D'Hooghe

technical internship

Luca van het Groenewoud

execution props & costumes

Charlotte Seeligmüller

sound

Ditten Lerooij

technique

Jannes Dierynck, Raphael Noel, Jérémy Michel

technical direction & light

Koen De Saeger

dramaturgy

Elke Janssens

creation

Jan Lauwers, Grace Ellen Barkey, Emily Hehl, Nao Albet, Gonzalo Cunill, Romy Louise Lauwers, Juan Navarro, Maarten Seghers, Meron Verbelen, Martha Gardner

music

Maarten Seghers
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credits

text

Victor Afung Lauwers

coproduction

Impulstanz (Wenen), PerPodium, Le Quartz (Brest), The Shakespeare Festival (Gdansk), CC Brugge, Teatro Central (Sevilla)

production

Needcompany

Pieter D'Hooghe

technical internship

Luca van het Groenewoud

execution props & costumes

Charlotte Seeligmüller

sound

Ditten Lerooij

technique

Jannes Dierynck, Raphael Noel, Jérémy Michel

technical direction & light

Koen De Saeger

dramaturgy

Elke Janssens

creation

Jan Lauwers, Grace Ellen Barkey, Emily Hehl, Nao Albet, Gonzalo Cunill, Romy Louise Lauwers, Juan Navarro, Maarten Seghers, Meron Verbelen, Martha Gardner

music

Maarten Seghers
practical

tickets

15 - 28 euros

general info

✔ NL, EN, SP & CATALAANS spoken
✔ NL & EN surtitles

estimated duration

1h45 min
Beyond madness, tenderness awaits Only humans can fantasise There's all that future, still Until it holds from the inside With closed eyes, you can see whomever you’d like