Performances 2023

Performances 2023

© Jan Lauwers

Needcompany (BE)
Billy’s Joy

© Jan Lauwers

Romeo isn’t quite himself in this story. First, he is transported from his old, heartbreaking tragedy to a comedy and ends up in a fairyland. Why? Because Needcompany wanted to devote themselves entirely to reconciliation and love after the Shakespearean excesses of bloodshed in Billy’s Violence. Originally, the idea was for Jan Lauwers’ son Victor to distil a cheerful piece from the comedies of the Immortal Bard, but his intensive study of the material revealed: William Shakespeare’s comedies are not funny. So Needcompany conceived their own. Which comes at a cost, however, and dear old Romeo in the fairyland is the one who has to pay it: he has to face the fact that his Juliet has been removed from the story. Naked and lonely, he must continue to search for love until somebody saves him. This someone arrives in the form of Henry Bolingbroke, the future King Henry IV from Shakespeare’s history plays. But Romeo mutates into Richard II, and the two meet the fate of the other: Romeo is deposed and Richard disowned for love.

World Premiere

Duration: 105 Min

Recommended from the age of 16.
If you book one of the three performances of Billy’s Joy and the performance Billy’s Violence (on 14.7.2023 at 19:00) at the same time, you will receive a 50 % discount on the ticket for Billy’s Violence. The discount is automatically applied to your shopping cart, if you book both performances at the same time. Unfortunately, it is not possible to apply the discount afterwards.

Attention programme change: For dramaturgical reasons, the order of the performances of Billy’s Violence and Billy’s Joy has changed on 14.7.2023. Billy’s Violence will now take place at 19:00 and Billy’s Joy at 21:30. If you have already purchased tickets, you will be contacted directly by our ticketing team.
11.7.2023, 21:00
Akademietheater
13.7.2023, 19:00
Akademietheater
14.7.2023, 21:30
Akademietheater
© Wonge Bergmann
© Wonge Bergmann
© Wonge Bergmann
© Wonge Bergmann
© Wonge Bergmann
© Vibe Stalpaert
© Vibe Stalpaert
© Vibe Stalpaert
© Vibe Stalpaert
© Vibe Stalpaert
© Vibe Stalpaert

CREDITS

Text: Victor Afung Lauwers
Music: Maarten Seghers
Creation: Jan Lauwers, Grace Ellen Barkey, Emily Hehl, Nao Albet, Gonzalo Cunill, Romy Louise Lauwers, Juan Navarro, Maarten Seghers, Meron Verbelen, Martha Gardner
Dramaturgy: Elke Janssens
Technical direction and light: Koen De Saeger
Technical crew: Jannes Dierynck, Raphael Noel, Jérémy Michel
Sound: Ditten Lerooij
Props and costumes: Charlotte Seeligmüller
Intern: Luca van het Groenewoud
Company manager: Pieter D'Hooghe
Production: Needcompany

Coproduction: ImPulsTanz (Vienna), Perpodium, Le Quartz (Brest), The Shakespeare Festival (Gdansk), CC Brugge, Teatro Central (Sevilla)

With the support of the Flemish government and Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government. through Cronos Invest

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