24.01.2024 - 25.01.2024

A Family Business

théâtre . Théâtre des Capucins
A Family Business
(c) Andreas Etter
Lieu Théâtre des Capucins
In English and German
English surtitles
Introduction to the play by Janine Goedert 30 minutes before every performance (EN).

mentions spécifiques

âge recommandé
effets stroboscopiques
insultes / violence

A Family Business

EN Chris Thorpe is a British writer / performer and associate at Manchester’s powerhouse Royal Exchange. His interest in psychology led him to research cognitive processing and create and perform in a trilogy of provocative productions about the way people think. The first two were monologues with songs developed with the award-winning Rachel Chavkin. Confirmation was about the biases of the brain and Status (seen in Luxembourg in 2019) dealt with our understanding of nationality. A Family Business, also co-developed by Rachel Chavkin and Lekan Lawal, is the last production of the trio. It looks at the threat posed by nuclear weapons and asks how politicians can process the unthinkable enough to make decisions for the rest of us. The cast of four is directed by Claire O’Reilly.

DE Chris Thorpes neues Stück basiert auf Interviews, die der Autor mit Menschen geführt hat, die einen neuen Rahmenvertrag für das Verbot von Atomwaffen entwickelt haben. Es ist ein Versuch, über diese ganz gewöhnlichen Menschen zu sprechen, die etwas Außergewöhnliches vorhaben, aber auch der Versuch, das Gespräch über die weltweite Existenz von Nuklearwaffen zu etwas Normalem zu machen. In jeder Aufführung von A Family Business werden ZuschauerInnen dazu eingeladen, zu VertreterInnen großer Menschengruppen zu werden – und mit anderen darüber nachzudenken, wie man den Planeten nicht in die Luft jagt.

"…a dense and provocative barrage of reflections on a world in flux and our place within it."
The Guardian


Developed with
Rachel Chavkin and Lekan Lawal
German text
Susanne Pohl
Directed by
Claire O’Reilly
Set Design
Eleanor Field
Sound Design
Anna Clock
Lighting Design
David Neumann, David Scheu
Jörg Vorhaben
Efè Agwele, Andrea Quirbach, Chris Thorpe, Sebastián Capitán Viveros
China Plate Theatre; Staatstheater Mainz; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
Supported by Warwick Arts Centre and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


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