Part Festen, part A Clockwork Orange, the family dinner will not go off as planned. Two brothers and their spouses get together in an upscale restaurant. Serge, a politician destined for great things, and Paul, retired history professor who is very critical of his brother’s thirst for power. What brings them together: an unmentionable act committed by their two sixteen-year-old sons. 

How far can one go to protect one’s children? That is the key question of Dutch author Herman Koch’s novel Le Dîner which Jean-Michel Frère chose to adapt. The play examines the characters beyond appearances, searches the conscience, calls forth the roots of the violence with an especially theatrical device: a closed world cut into five acts, with a progressive structure and a deconstructed narrative. No classic restaurant scene but an engagement of the audience to get it questioning itself, to discover, through concentric circles the magnitude of the drama. With a virtuosic language and with razor sharp dialogues Le Dîner is a mirror through which we recognize our daily irritations and our most cruel dilemmas.

Info

  • Language

    FR

  • Venue

    Studio

  • Duration

    80'

Cast

  • From
    Het Diner de Herman Koch (Ambo/Anthos Uitgever B.V.)

    Translated from Dutch by
    Isabelle Rosselin

    Adapation & Direction
    Jean-Michel Frère

    With
    Lara Persain
    Nicolas Buysse

    Digital artists
    Superbe (Gaël Bertrand & Gaëtan Libertiaux)

    Scenography
    Justine De Mesmaeker

  • Sound
    Sébastien Courtoy

    Video direction & lights
    Gwen Laroche

    A project of
    Compagnie Victor B.

    Co-production
    Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Théâtre de Namur

    Sets construction
    Ateliers du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Ateliers du Théâtre de Namur

Calendar

  • Tuesday
    20:30
  • Wednesday
    20:30
  • Thursday
    20:30
  • Friday
    20:30
  • Saturday
    20:30