Petit Theatre Mercelis
8-12 Dec 2009 at 8pm, 12 Dec 2009 at 3pm
Lyuba Ranevskaya returns after 5 years in Paris to her family estate in the Russian countryside, where financial straits are leading inexorably to the sale of its famous cherry orchard. Chekhov’s last play, comic, ironic and melancholic by turns, presents a group of characters struggling in different ways to rise to the challenges of changing times. Despite its Russian setting, this play may have something to say to us all.
Oscar and the Lady in Pink
The Warehouse Studio Theatre, Rue Waelhem 69A, 1030 Brussels
19-23 & 26-30 Jan 2010 at 8pm
This poignant and funny story follows the friendship between Oscar, a 10-year old leukemia patient who lives in a hospital, and “Pink Lady” Granny Rose, former lady wrestler and hospital volunteer. The course of their friendship, including Granny Rose’s wrestling reminiscences and her advice to Oscar about his relations with hospital friends, forms the substance of Oscar and the Lady in Pink. Originally a short novel by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, prolific French author and playwright, the text was transformed into a long monologue for the theatre several years ago, and is currently being made into a film.
Following the BATS production in Antwerp last March, by popular request the ATC now brings Oscar to Brussels, directed by Malinda Coleman and performed as a monologue, a veritable tour-de-force, by Ruth England.
A Chaste Maid in Cheapside
by Thomas Middleton
directed by Jonathon Sawdon
9-13 February 2010 at 8pm
Directed by Jonathon Sawdon, best known for his performances for the BSS as Hamlet and Henry V. Jonathon writes that this play is about:
“Corruption, money, sex! Deception, greed, gluttony, money, sex! Cruelty, infidelity, betrayal, money, sex! Pepentance, marnage, money and er…sex!
A Chaste Maid In Cheapside, containing “much humour though very little chastity” is Thomas Middleton’s darkly comic masterpiece. Written c. 1613, though long neglected until the 2Oth century, this Jacobean satire audaciously intertwines ribaldry and profanity to leave you laughing and squirming in equal measure.”
Join the BSS for a night of “bed and bawd”!