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Aurelie di Marino If there weren’t any blacks you’d have to invent them

performance

Aurelie di Marino If there weren’t any blacks you’d have to invent them

theater
TH 21.12.2017 20:30 work in progress
FR 22.12.2017 20:30 work in progress

Five actors attempt to translate the view on racism and identity from the mythical 60s into current terms.

If there weren’t any black you’d have to invent them is a 1968 film by Johnny Speight. Almost exactly 50 years after this film was released, 5 actors play themselves to pieces in a re-enactment by taking on no less than 16 roles! 

Aurelie Di Marino, Farbod Fathinejad, Benjamin Op de Beeck, Kaat Arnaert, Nona Buhrs and Ahilan Ratnamohan turn the script inside out as a historical document. Is the desire for segregation an inherent human characteristic? Have we fully incorporated the desire for freedom? What is left of the compartmentalised society Speight made fun of? What roles do we all take on today? How many different roles can 21st century man take on at the same time? What has changed and what has stayed the same? What has become more complex? 

Through their acting, they attempt to translate Speight’s view on racism and identity from the mythical 60s into current terms: an anachronistic mirror that reveals a frightening amount about the present.

Based on the screenplay 'If There Weren't Any Blacks You'd Have to Invent Them’ by Johnny Speight
By and with: Aurelie Di Marino, Farbod Fathinejadfard, Benjamin Op de Beeck, Ahilan Ratnamohan, Nona Buhrs, Kaat Arnaert
Dramaturgy: Dries Douibi
Technical support: Gregor Van Mulders, Delphine Dupont
Decor: Jozef Wouters / Decoratelier & Tim Vanhentenryk
Costumes: Atelier Ad Hoc
Production: Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek
Coproduction: d e t h e a t e r m a k e r, Beursschouwburg, De Grote Post, C-Mine
Supported by Vlaamse Overheid, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Het Bos, Kunstencentrum BUDA
Thanks to: Btissame Bourrich, Merel Van de Gehuchte, Elsemieke Scholte, Karlien Vanhoonacker, Johan Dehollander, Delphine Coërs