War and turpentine
© Gwen Laroche

Directing, set design, stage adaptation Jan Lauwers
Based on the novel "War and Turpentine" by Stefan Hertmans, published by Harvill Secker
Music Rombout Willems

With
Viviane De Muynck
and
First Sergeant-Major Urbain Joseph Emile Martien - Benoît Gob
The Angel of History - Grace Ellen Barkey
Worker, Soldier, Maria Emelia Ghys - Sarah Lutz
Worker, Soldier, Maria Emelia Martien - Mélissa Guérin
Worker, Soldier, Relative - Elik Niv
Worker, Soldier, Relative - Maarten Seghers
Worker, Soldier, Relative - Mohamed Toukabri
General, pianist - Alain Franco
Chaplain, cellist - Simon Lenski
Soldier, violinist - George van Dam

All the paintings and drawings are by Benoît Gob
Costumes Lot Lemm
Dramaturgy, subtitling Elke Janssens
Lighting design Ken Hioco
Sound Ditten Lerooij, Dries D’Hondt
Production Management Marjolein Demey

P.U.L.S. Stage Bosse Provoost
Costume Assistant Lieve Meeussen
Fencing Instructor Jacques Cappelle
Trainee Josephine Dapaah
Set Building Toneelhuis
Set Dressing Simon Callens
Logistical Support Irmgard Mertens
Set, lighting Saul Mombaerts, Tijs Michiels
Dramaturgical introduction Erwin Jans
Press Agent Liesbet Waegemans for Panache
Photography Maarten Vanden Abeele

English translation of 'War and Turpentine' by David McKay

Tax Shelter financing:
Casa Kafka Pictures empowered by Belfius
Isabelle Molhant, Valérie Daems, Christel Simons

A Needcompany production. Coproduction: Toneelhuis (Antwerp), Festival de Marseille and Province of West Flanders. Produced with the support of the Belgian Federal Government’s Tax Shelter and the Flemish authorities.

Jan Lauwers is making a stage adaptation of Stefan Hertmans’ compelling epic War and Turpentine

For some people, no life is long enough to recover from the shock of love, not even if they live to be nearly a hundred.
- Stefan Hertmans 

Just before he died in the 1980s, Stefan Hertmans’ grandfather gave his grandson a couple of old exercise books full of writing. His grandfather’s life turned out to have been marked by an impoverished childhood in pre-1900 Ghent, horrifying experiences as a soldier at the front in the First World War, and a great love who died young. In the rest of his life he transformed his sorrow into tranquil paintings. Stefan Hertmans’ years of fascination with his grandfather’s life ultimately led him to take up his pen and write this moving novel.

Jan Lauwers presents a personal vision of the book, seizing on Hertmans’ story to create an intense show about the advance of industrialisation, the violence of the Great War, love, happiness, sorrow and the secrets of a human life, set to a new composition by Rombout Willems.

War and Turpentine was made possible by Toneelhuis and Festival de Marseille. The Province of West Flanders is also supporting the project, as part of the First World War Centenary commemorations. As well as creating an educational framework, it is also taking the opportunity to run an international tour linked to WWI.

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Directing, set design, stage adaptation Jan Lauwers
Based on the novel "War and Turpentine" by Stefan Hertmans, published by Harvill Secker
Music Rombout Willems

With
Viviane De Muynck
and
First Sergeant-Major Urbain Joseph Emile Martien - Benoît Gob
The Angel of History - Grace Ellen Barkey
Worker, Soldier, Maria Emelia Ghys - Sarah Lutz
Worker, Soldier, Maria Emelia Martien - Mélissa Guérin
Worker, Soldier, Relative - Elik Niv
Worker, Soldier, Relative - Maarten Seghers
Worker, Soldier, Relative - Mohamed Toukabri
General, pianist - Alain Franco
Chaplain, cellist - Simon Lenski
Soldier, violinist - George van Dam

All the paintings and drawings are by Benoît Gob
Costumes Lot Lemm
Dramaturgy, subtitling Elke Janssens
Lighting design Ken Hioco
Sound Ditten Lerooij, Dries D’Hondt
Production Management Marjolein Demey

P.U.L.S. Stage Bosse Provoost
Costume Assistant Lieve Meeussen
Fencing Instructor Jacques Cappelle
Trainee Josephine Dapaah
Set Building Toneelhuis
Set Dressing Simon Callens
Logistical Support Irmgard Mertens
Set, lighting Saul Mombaerts, Tijs Michiels
Dramaturgical introduction Erwin Jans
Press Agent Liesbet Waegemans for Panache
Photography Maarten Vanden Abeele

English translation of 'War and Turpentine' by David McKay

Tax Shelter financing:
Casa Kafka Pictures empowered by Belfius
Isabelle Molhant, Valérie Daems, Christel Simons

A Needcompany production. Coproduction: Toneelhuis (Antwerp), Festival de Marseille and Province of West Flanders. Produced with the support of the Belgian Federal Government’s Tax Shelter and the Flemish authorities.

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