BATS: My Boy Jack (17-25 April 2015)

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By David Haig
Directed by Jill Franks
BATS Little Theatre, Paardenmarkt 111, 2000 Antwerp

The year is 1913 and war with Germany is imminent. Rudyard Kipling’s determination to send his myopic son Jack to war triggers a bitter family conflict which leaves Britain’s renowned patriot devastated by the warrings of his own greatest passions: his love for children – above all his own – and his devotion to Kind and Country.

‘My Boy Jack’ was first staged at Hampstead Theatre, London, in 1997, with David Haig himself playing Rudyard Kipling. Ten years later it was filmed for television with Daniel Radcliffe as Jack and Haig as Kipling.

To commemorate WWI, BATS is bringing this moving play to the Antwerp stage.

Dates
17, 18, 22, 23, 24 & 25 April 2015 – 8 pm
19 April 2015 – 3 pm

Tickets
€12 (adults), €10 (students, >65)

Bookings
bats_tickets@yahoo.com
0495 31 76 87

War Brides (14-16 May 2015)

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Warehouse Studio Theatre

Europe is at war. The young women of a small rural village in an unnamed country are being strongly encouraged to become “war brides” – to marry the young men going into battle and produce the next generation of soldiers for the Empire. But what happens when some of them refuse?

Marion Craig Wentworth’s play was a runaway success in America in 1915 and made into a 1916 film before being banned when the USA joined World War I.

The play is directed by Conrad Toft and stars Peyton Cimino, Izzy Poston, Joanna Patrick, Richard Daly, Amanda E. Ekdahl, Gareth Lewis & Andy Blumenthal.

Tickets (€8) can be booked at http://thelittleboxoffice.com/ecc for performances at 8pm on 14-16 May 2015.

ECC Brussels will also be taking this one-act play to the FEATS (Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Society) in Hamburg on 23 May 2015.

 

BSS: As You Like It (8-13 June 2015)

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Venue: Theatre Petit Varia. 154 Rue Gray, 1050 (Near Place Jourdan)
Directed by Tim Myers

Shakespeare’s delightful ‘pastoral’ comedy differs from most of his other work in that front and centre of it is the relationship of two women, Rosalind and Celia.

The playfulness of these cousins’ affectionate relationship and the charming, if confusing, gender deception by Rosalind in her guise as the boy ‘Ganymede’ to test the sincerity of Orlando’s love are the motor of the comedy. But there is also Touchstone’s wooing of the hapless Audrey, the  country girl Phebe’s conviction that she is destined for better things (with Ganymede!), the misanthropic philosopher Jaques, two pairs of good and wicked brothers in the shape of Dukes Senior and Frederick, and Orlando and Oliver.

And beneath all that, the question ‘Is the Simple Life really better than all the conveniences of Town?’. Come and decide…