[EN] To mark this year’s focus on contemporary writing, les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg join forces with Birmingham Repertory Theatre to commission a series of short plays by writers from Luxembourg and the UK on the topic of the various pressures on today’s generation Z. During a research residency in Birmingham and a rehearsal period in Luxembourg, six different plays will be developed and presented as rehearsed readings during the TalentLAB#18. All 6 authors were given the following brief for their play:

The brief

The struggle to succeed has never been more complex than for today’s generation Z. Amidst the challenges of making the right career choices in a global market, the increasing loneliness in a world where communication happens increasingly on social media, how does the Snapchat-generation deal with the pressures of making it and becoming independent individuals? If the step onto the property ladder is becoming ever more elusive and today’s young keep getting more and more disillusioned about the growing inequality in our societies and the erosion of social values, where do they turn to find comfort and help? With the bitter consequences of austerity, disappearing support networks as well as diminishing prospects and future hopes, are we heading towards an identity crisis of massive proportions?

The results of this international collaboration in association with the Centre national de littérature can be seen at the Théâtre du Centaure. The short plays will act as curtain raisers during the ten days of the TalentLAB.

[DE] In diesem Jahr liegt der Fokus des TalentLAB auf dem zeitgenössischen Schreiben. In diesem Zusammenhang haben die Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg gemeinsam mit dem Birmingham Repertory Theatre eine Reihe von kurzen Theaterstücken an Autoren aus Luxemburg und Großbritannien in Auftrag gegeben, die sich mit den verschiedenen Belastungen auseinandersetzen, denen die heutige Generation Z ausgesetzt ist. Während einer Residenz in Birmingham und einer Probenphase in Luxemburg sollen 6 Stücke entstehen, die als szenische Lesungen während des Talent- LAB#18 präsentiert werden. Das internationale Projekt entsteht in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Centre national de littérature.

[EN] Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Birmingham Repertory Theatre is one of Britain’s leading producing theatre companies. Its mission is to inspire a lifelong love of theatre in the diverse communities of Birmingham and beyond. As well as presenting over 60 productions on its three stages every year, the theatre tours its productions nationally and internationally, showcasing theatre made in Birmingham. The commissioning and production of new work lies at the core of The REP’s programme and over the last 15 years, the company has produced more than 130 new plays. The REP is also committed to nurturing new talent through its youth theatre groups and training for up and coming writers, directors and artists through its REP Foundry initiative.

Tessa Walker on the project
Associate Director, Birmingham Repertory Theatre
The REP are delighted to be partnering with les Théâtres de la Ville on this exciting and innovative project, uniting six brilliant writers from two different cultures and inviting them to each address a universal subject in their own unique way. One of the biggest challenges of our time is that of how we survive, develop and change in a digital world and we are thrilled to have created an international project that will produce six new pieces of work that explore how our mental health is affected by a life lived online. It is a privilege to contribute to the TalentLAB programme, to work with six writers of such talent and to embark on what we hope will be the first of many collaborations between Birmingham Repertory Theatre and les Théâtres de la Ville.

CNL – Centre national de littérature – Mersch
The mission of the Centre national de littérature is to collect items relevant to Luxembourgish literature from 1815 onwards. The CNL also fulfills a duty of conservation, analysis and transmission of Luxembourg’s multilingual literary heritage. In keeping with its socio-cultural mission, the CNL is an essential meeting place for literary scholars and anyone with an interest in literature and offers a varied program of activities around literature.

Claude Conter on the project
Director, CNL – Centre national de littérature
TalentLAB is a fascinating international platform that facilitates the exchange and the sharing of ideas and experiences. Crossing the borders of literature by theatrical expression, reflecting on the social, political and professional constraints of writing, connecting with the different actors in the field of theatre are three essentials of professional creation. I expect that this opportunity will both be inspiring and useful, especially for writers from Luxembourg.

The writers

Rafael David Kohn / Luxembourg
Rafael Kohn started his theatre career as a stagehand at Théâtre du Centaure. After his studies at University of Arts in Berlin he made his debut as a playwright in 2009 with bushmeat at Bühnen der Stadt Gera. In 2010 he directed his play Flaschenbrand in Luxembourg, Lupenrein was produced in 2011 by Theater 89 in Berlin. Waffensalon was selected for the ETC book of plays: best 119 contemporary European plays 2012. So far 13 of his plays have been performed in Germany, Luxembourg, Romania and Togo. His work includes various published short stories, essays, articles, screenplays and radio plays. In 2017 he published his first novel Che Guevara war ein Mörder.

Stef Smith / UK
Work includes: Girl in the Machine and Swallow (Traverse Theatre); Human Animals (Royal Court); Remote (National Theatre Connections Festival); Tea and Symmetry (BBC Radio); Smoke (and Mirrors) (Traverse Theatre & DOT Istanbul for Theatre Uncut); Back to back to back (Cardboard Citizens); Cured (Glasgay! Festival); Grey Matter (The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen); Woman of the Year (Oran Mor, Glasgow) and Falling/Flying (Tron, Glasgow). Her critically acclaimed show, Roadkill, won numerous awards, including an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. Most recently Stef took part in the BBC Drama Writers Room and her current commissions include the Traverse Theatre, the Citizens Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, the National Theatre of Scotland and the National Theatre. She is also an Associate Artist at the Traverse Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Olivier Garofalo / Luxemburg
Olivier Garofalo arbeitete als Dramaturg und Chefdramaturg an der Badischen Landesbühne. Dort entwickelte er Bühnenadaptionen sowie das Stück Die Todesnacht in Stammheim. Hier wurde auch sein Stück Es ist, was nicht war uraufgeführt. Seit der Spielzeit 2015/16 ist er Dramaturg am ETA Hoffmann Theater. Zudem war er in der Spielzeit 2016/17 Auteur en résidence am Théâtre National du Luxembourg. In der gleichen Spielzeit war er als Dramatiker bei Oh du do uewen, deem seng Hand am Kasemattentheater beteiligt.

Chloe Moss / UK
Chloe Moss is an accomplished playwright and screenwriter. Her celebrated play This Wide Night (Clean Break, Soho, 2008) won the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn prize and was subsequently produced off Broadway, starring Edie Falco. Chloe has written numerous other plays including The Gatekeeper (Royal Exchange Theatre, 2012), Fatal Light (Soho Theatre, 2010 & 2011), Catch (Royal Court, 2006) and How Love is Spelt (Bush Theatre, 2004 & New York’s Summer Play Festival, 2005). She is currently under commission to the Royal Court and Headlong Theatre. Chloe has also written extensively for television. Credits include Six Wives for BBC One, Dickensian for Red Planet Pictures, BBC One’s New Tricks, The Smoke for Kudos, and Prisoner’s Wives and The Secret Diary of a Call Girl with Tiger Aspect. She is currently developing a project with Hillbilly films and has also written Care, a single drama for Warp Films and Sky Arts, and an original series Switch, co-written with Tim Price, for Touchpaper / ITV2.

Claire Thill / Luxembourg
Claire Thill is a multilingual performer, writer and theatremaker from Luxembourg. She trained as an actress at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in London and with Philippe Gaulier in Paris. She has worked with different international collectives all over Europe. In 2013 her staging of Ana Mendes’ Dance Play won the Jury award at the 100° Festival in Berlin. Her project Two Pigeons... was selected for the very first edition of TalentLAB in 2016. Her latest creation Blackout, a dark phantasmagoria inspired by horror films, opened recently at the Théâtre des Capucins as part of the residency programme Capucins Libre. She writes in English and German.

Charlene James / UK
Charlene James was writer in residence at the Birmingham REP in 2013 for their season focusing on mental health and her play, Tweet Tweet premiered at The Birmingham REP before touring. Her play Cuttin’ It which focusing on Female Genital Mutilation opened at The National Theatre before transferring in 2016 to the Royal Court and Young Vic respectively to considerable critical acclaim. It was nominated for Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards in 2016 and the Olivier Awards in 2017. Charlene was awarded the George Devine Award in 2015 and Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2016. Charlene is currently writing on A Discovery of Witches for Bad Wolf/Sky and is under commission from the Royal Court and Royal Exchange Manchester.


Short play 1 – Dead Endings
Saturday 26 May 2018 at 6pm
In English
Writer Claire Thill
Direction Bethany Kapila
Cast Catherine Elsen, Jacques Schiltz

Short play 2 – Geist
Saturday 26 May 2018 at 6pm
In English
Writer Stef Smith
Direction Hannah Jones
Cast Claire Thill, Whitney Fortmueller, Maximilien Jadin

Short play 3 – Smile
Sunday 27 May 2018 at 6pm
In English
Writer Rafael David Kohn
Direction Hannah Jones
Cast Jacques Schiltz, Whitney Fortmueller

Short play 4 – Marque II
Sunday 27 May 2018 at 6pm
In English
Writer Charlene James
Direction Bethany Kapila
Cast Waleed Akhtar, Rita Reis, Oliver Wellington

Short play 5 – Z wie Zombie
Tuesday 29 May 2018 at 6pm
In German
Writer Olivier Garofalo
Direction Rafael David Kohn
Cast Catherine Elsen, Jacques Schiltz, Marc Baum

Short play 6 – H.O.L.L.A.N.D (Hope Our Love Lasts And Never Dies)
Wednesday 30 May 2018 at 6pm
In English
Writer Chloe Moss
Direction Bethany Kapila
Cast  Tom Leick-Burns, Rita Reis

International writers project: short plays 1 & 2 (EN)
Samedi 26 MAI 2018 à 18h00 (tickets)

International writers project: plays 3 & 4 (EN)
Dimanche 27 MAI 2018 à 18h00 (tickets)

International writers project: short play 5 (DE)
Mardi 29 MAI 2018 à 18h00 (tickets)

International writers project: short play 6 (EN)
Mercredi 30 MAI 2018 à 18h00 (tickets)

Free entry / Please register at Luxembourgticket
Eintritt frei / Reservierungen bei Luxembourgticket

Rehearsed readings in English, followed by a Q&A session
Szenische Lesung in Deutsch, gefolgt von einem Nachgespräch

DURÉE environ 45 minutes

Lieu: Théâtre du Centaure

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