War Brides (14, 16, 19 May 2015)


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, and 8:30pm on 19 May.

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.


BLOC: The Pajama Game (4-7 June 2015)


De Bosuil.
Directed by Rachael Bateman & Jeanette Marino.

“The Pajama Game”, (American spelling), is a musical based on the novel 7½ Cents by Richard Bissell.  The story deals with labor troubles in a pajama factory, where worker demands for a seven-and-a-half cent raise are going unheeded.  In the midst of this ordeal, love blossoms between Babe, the grievance committee head, and Sid, the new factory superintendent.  The musical was first presented in the 1950’s as was a film starring Doris Day, which was very popular.  The musical has recently been revised with productions in New York in 2006 and the West End this year.  The musical features dancing and includes popular tunes such as “Hey There”, “Hernando’s Hideaway” and “Steam Heat”.

Tickets available here.

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


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…