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 snuggle up against it.
There’s a girl in a police cell, and she’s angry. She’s 16, and she’s smart. She’s smarter than her parents, and smarter than most other people, too. She thinks about things, and the world, and life, and stuff like that. She’s going to say it like it is, because she’s scared her future’s about to explode.
She didn’t even do much wrong, really, she reckons. All she did was throw a pie in a politician’s face. But then they pinned her down on the ground, arrested her and locked her up. It’s only making her more angry, and she’s already got enough reasons to be angry: her parents have been divorcing for the last year, she’s debt-relief poor, and every time she tries to form an opinion, she’s cut down again by her psychologists, teachers or classmates.
Age of Rage is about a combative girl who’s trying all she can to move forward, but she keeps on getting dragged down. She wants to be heard, but nobody’s listening.
- 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)
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.