The 2013-2014 Season

ECC: Copenhagen (8-12 Oct 2013)

In 1941 the Danish Nobel Prize winning physicist, Niels Bohr, and his German counterpart, Werner Heisenberg, met at Bohr’s home in occupied Denmark. The former colleagues and good friends were now technically enemies. Today they meet once more, together with Bohr’s wife Margrethe,  to examine the events of that mysterious meeting.
Tension, guilt, suppressed emotion, nuclear physics and human drama are all bound up in this intriguing play.
8-12 October 2013 at 8pm, SOLD OUT!

ATC: Twelve Angry Men (22-26 Oct 2013)

The American Theatre Company will be performing Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose, directed by Deborah Griffith at the Palais de Beaux Arts Studio Theatre from 22-26 October 2013.

12 Angry Men is the story of twelve men‚ trapped in a jury room‚ who must decide on the guilt or innocence of a young man accused of murdering his father. Tensions run high as personalities come into conflict‚ stereotypes and prejudices are confronted‚ and societal assumptions are called into question.

Although the original text of this classic American drama dates from 1957‚ its message still resonates today: democracy and justice cannot function without a commitment from members of society to take part in the process. To quote Plato‚ “The price of apathy in public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”

Tickets are available from the Palais de Beaux Arts web site.

Swan: Skylight (1-2 Nov 2013)

Skylight analyses the aftermath of an adulterous relationship between two lovers after three years apart. In David Hare’s multi-award-winning play, questions of love and politics collide.

The play will be performed by Bedford’s Swan Theatre Company, who have a long-standing tradition of bringing great shows to Brussels.

Warehouse Studio Theatre, 1 & 2 November 2013 at 8pm
Tickets €15, available here: Swan: Skylight (1-2 Nov 2013).

ETC: Buonaparte (5-9 Nov 2013)

ETCetera asbl has the pleasure of presenting a new event in November 2013: “Buonaparte: rise and fall”, an evening of two plays about the famous historical figure, at moments when he was not yet, or was not any longer, the Emperor of France.

The evening includes two plays about Napoleon:

  • “Man of Destiny” by Bernard Shaw, performed in English, with French surtitles.
  • “La Dernière Salve” by Jean-Claude Brisville, performed in French, with English surtitles.

Both plays put up hypothetical relationships, some based on truth, with argument and humour, against which Napoleon the man emerges from Napoleon the myth.

The performances will take place from 5-9 November 2013 in the Warehouse Studio Theatre, rue Waelhem 69a, 1030 Schaerbeek, at 20.00.

“Man of Destiny” is directed by Hugh Dow, “La Dernière Salve” by Marc Léotard, both experienced Brussels-based theatre directors and actors.

For further information, please contact info.etcetera2009@gmail.com

Tickets available here or by phone on 0493 072438.

BSS: Way of the World (13-16 Nov 2013)

Double-dealing,pretence, seduction! Great wit, dazzling dialogue! Mirabell sets out to marry Millamant – but to wed her with her fortune intact, he must outwit her aunt, the vain and fanciful Lady Wishfort, who despises him and wants Millamant to marry Sir Wilfull Witwoud.
Congreve’s 18th century comedy of manners exposes a superficial society in which love and money are inextricably bound – a world of verbal battles amid the scheming of fools, fops, rivals and villains.
Performances at the Bronks Theatre, from Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th of November at 8.pm and Matinée at 2.30 pm on Saturday.


ECC: Jack and the Beanstalk (5-7 Dec 2013)

The ECC is proud to present a pantomime for all the family – Jack and the Beanstalk directed by Conrad Toft. Fun and entertainment for all the family in this production written especially for the Brussels audience.

The cast includes Cath Howdle in her Brussels debut as Jack, Henri Colens (Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Diana of Dobsons) as Simple Simon, Charif Wehbe (The Merchant of VeniceThe Tempest) as Widow Twanky, Hugo de Chassiron (The Glass Menagerie, The Merchant of Venice) as Baron Hardup and many, many more.

Tickets are €18 for adults and €14 for children.

ATC: The Ghost Sheep improvisation show (17 Mar 2014)

March 17, 20:00 (free entry)
Le Cercle des Voyageurs 
18 Rue des Grands Carmes (2 mins from the Manneken Pis)

St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with the Ghost Sheep at their special St Patricks Day improv extravaganza! There will be Irish drinking songs, magical leprechauns and all manner of potato related shenanigans. Irish people get in for free! So does everyone else! And to top it all off we have the sublime Shawn Kinley, one of the absolute giants in the improv game, joining us stage!

Bring family, friends, that random guy from the ice-cream parlour, your secret crush or your significant other, everyone is welcome!  (Especially if they are wearing green, we LOVE green).

ECC: An Ideal Husband (18-22 March 2014)

The ECC presents Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, directed by Deborah Griffith
No man is rich enough to buy back his past.
Oscar Wilde’s dramatic comedy deals with political intrigue, blackmail and marriage – a charming combination! It raises questions about public and private honour and whether a noble future and great contribution to society should be sacrificed for past indiscretions. By setting the play in the 1950s, director Deborah Griffith demonstrates that these issues are timeless and brings an interesting new twist to Wilde’s classic play, which stands with The Importance of Being Earnest as one of his most performed masterpieces.

18 to 22 March 2014
Palais des Beaux Arts, Rue Ravenstein, 1000 Bruxelles
Info and tickets: 02 507 8200 / www.bozar.be

ITG: Come Home, James Gurr (25-29 March 2014)

Come Home, James Gurr

The Irish Theatre Group presents an original play ‘Come Home, James Gurr’ – written and directed by Patrick Maher. It is the story of the wartome experiences of a boy soldier during World War I and his mother’s struggle to bring him home. It will be performed in The Warehouse Studio Theatre from 25-29 March. Find out more at http://irishtheatrebrussels.com/chjg/

Book your tickets here!

ATC: April Extravaganza (12-13 Apr 2014)

ATC Improv’s April Extravaganza (featuring the Ghost Sheep and Dizzy & the Pit Kittens)
April 12 & 13, 8pm, Tickets 10 euro, at the door
The Warehouse Studio Theatre (69a Rue Waelhem, 1030 Schaerbeek)

Your favourite ATC Improv players are back with local troupe the Ghost Sheep as well as Amsterdam based Dizzy & the Pit Kittens! This combination of fantastic improvisers will entertain the living crap out of you and make you laugh ‘till it hurts.
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ECC: Talking Heads (13, 14 May 2014)

Three Talking Heads
Monologues by Alan Bennett

13 & 14 May 2014 – 7.30 pm
The Warehouse Studio Theatre
Rue Waelhem 69, 1030 Schaerbeek

Joanna Patrick will be directing A Lady of Letters and is looking for a woman capable of playing someone middle-aged

Jonathan Stockwell will be directing Soldiering On, and is looking for a woman to play a character aged 55 or above

Mark Prescott will be directing Her Big Chance and is looking for a woman capable of playing a character aged 25 to 40

The production will be presented at
The Warehouse Studio Theatre

23-27 September 2014

ATC: We Live Here (21-24 May 2014)

The American Theatre Company is pleased to announce its May production We Live Here by Zoe Kazan, directed by Carrie Ellwanger

A wedding. A secret. A tragedy echoing from the past into the present.

Join the ATC in May for a modern exploration of the themes of classical Greek tragedy in a brand new play combining both gentle humor and searing drama.

Granddaughter of legendary director Elia Kazan, playwright and actress Zoe Kazan is making a name for herself in her own right both in Hollywood and New York. We Live Here was first performed off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theater Club in 2011 and was just published in 2013. The ATC is proud to be presenting this very new play from a fresh young feminist voice in American theatre.

Lumen Theatre, Chaussée de Boondael 36, Ixelles (just behind Flagey)
Tickets available from http://atc.theatreinbrussels.com

ECC: Aladdin (15, 18, 21 June 2014)

The ECC will be holding auditions for its pantomime ‘Aladdin‘ in June. The show will run from 9-11 January 2015 at the Auderghem Cultural Centre in Brussels. It will be performed in English.

Pantomime is a comedic genre that tells traditional folk tales through farce and musical theatre. We are looking for actors of all ages with a sense of fun, who enjoy high-energy theatre and cross-dressing. Whilst not essential, we will be interested in singing ability. The principal parts are:

  • Abanazar – An evil, yet insecure, sorcerer (male)
  • Widow Twankey – a poor washer woman in Old Peking (male)
  • Aladdin – A young lad, pure of heart (female)
  • Wishee Washee – Aladdin’s more sensible brother (male/female)
  • Princess Jasmine – A feisty young noblewomen (female)
  • The Genie of the Lamp – A magical spirit (male)
  • The Emperor – Jasmine’s rather irritable and long-suffering father (male)
  • PC Jean and PC Jan – two dim-witted Belgian policemen (male/female)

 If you think you could bring these and other characters to life, please come and audition on:

  • Sunday 15 June at 14.00;
  • Wednesday 18 June at 19:00;
  • Saturday 21 June at 14:00;

at the Warehouse, rue Waelhem 73, 1030 Brussels

Please contact Henri Colens on 0479 671 766 for any further information or if you are interested in auditioning but cannot attend on any of the abovementioned dates.

BSS: King Lear (24-28 June 2014)

King Lear is probably the greatest of Shakespeare’s plays. Some consider it as “the grandest effort of his imagination”. Human beings were never so cruel and ‘unnatural’ as in this play; yet human beings were never shown with so much goodness, loyalty and self-sacrifice as in this play. Kings, beggars, and fools; fathers, sons and daughters; love, lust, greed, corruption, violence and war: all of these themes have a place in King Lear.

The play will be performed from 24 to 28 June 2014 at BRONKS Theatre(main stage) in Rue Marché Aux Porcs, just off  Sainte-Catherine.

More information available soon at bss.theatreinbrussels.com

ATC: Ghost Sheep Improv Musical (21 July 2014)

ATC Improv presents: The Ghost Sheep: The Musical!
July 21, 8pm (5 euro entry)
Le Cercle des Voyageurs (in ‘Les Caves’)
18, Rue des Grands Carmes (50 metres from the Manekken Pis)

What better way to celebrate Belgium’s National Day than by joining us with your wonderful imagination? Be sure to stick around after the show for celebratory drinks- whether you’re Belgian or not!Remember how we said that our June show was the last one before the summer break? We lied. We will have one last performance, on Belgium’s national day, no less!

Since the hideously talented Sacha Hoedemaker is visiting Brussels to give musical improv workshops for ATC Improv, we decided it would be a crying shame NOT to do a musical performance with him and go out with a bang.So join us at ‘Les Caves’ (basement) of Le Cercle des Voyageurs (Lievevrouwbroersstraat 18, 1000 Brussels) with your suggestions so that we may perform for a musical that’s never been written!Tickets cost 5 euro and be sure to stick around for celebratory drinks, whether you’re Belgian or not!