De Toneelmakerij in Amsterdam (Netherlands) collaborated with the theatres Deutsches Theater in Berlin (Germany) and Weöres Sándor Szinház (Szombathely/Hungary) to find out what was occupying the minds of the young generation today. What emerged was a clear theme of democracy mixed with a feeling of bitterness, of rage. What does democracy means anyways? What implication does it have both now and in the youngster's future?
Each theatre created a new production based on their combined research. See details of the other two performances in this collaboration on our Performances page.
Age of Rage
The world is hard, you can't beat that.
There's a girl in a police cell. She is sixteen and she is smart. Smarter than her parents and smarter than most people. She looks pretty cute. She thinks about things and the world and life and stuff. And she is afraid that her future will explode.
She barely did anything, she thinks, but still she was pushed to the ground, arrested and detained. This only makes her angrier and she already had so much to be angry about. Her parents have been divorced for a year. Every time she tries to form an opinion, psychologists, teachers and classmates push it down her throat again.
Age of rage is about the desperation of a girl who tries to move forward with all her might but is pulled down again and again. About seizing opportunities and letting them slip away again. About a girl who wants to be heard, but who nobody listens to. Because girls aren't supposed to be angry.
- Premiere: Theater Bellevue, Amsterdam - 28 September 2019
- Young Europe Festival, Graz/Austria - June 2020
Text: Jibbe Willems
Direction: Wieke ten Cate
Dramaturgy: Paulien Geerlings
Scenography: Studio Dennis Vanderbroeck
Game: Frieda Barnhard, Teunie de Brouwer, Belinda van der Stoep, Chiem Vreeken
Music: Rik Elstgeest (Touki Delphine)
Booking information: Daan de Groot (+31) 020 5226070 email@example.com
This performance is part of Young Europe III - ETC’s artistic collaboration project which focuses on theatre as a place of identification for young people in Europe.