War and turpentine
© Maarten Vanden Abeele

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 - Romy Louise Lauwers (replaces Mélissa Guérin)
Worker, Soldier, Relative - Elik Niv
Worker, Soldier, Relative - Maarten Seghers
Worker, Soldier, Relative - Yonier Camilo Mejia (replaces Mohamed Toukabri)
General, pianist - Alain Franco, Claire Chevallier
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 - Romy Louise Lauwers (replaces Mélissa Guérin)
Worker, Soldier, Relative - Elik Niv
Worker, Soldier, Relative - Maarten Seghers
Worker, Soldier, Relative - Yonier Camilo Mejia (replaces Mohamed Toukabri)
General, pianist - Alain Franco, Claire Chevallier
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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December 2017
06 DecAntwerpenToneelhuis Try-Out
07 DecAntwerpenToneelhuis Premiere
08 DecAntwerpenToneelhuis
09 DecAntwerpenToneelhuis
13 DecAntwerpenToneelhuis
14 DecAntwerpenToneelhuis
15 DecAntwerpenToneelhuis
16 DecAntwerpenToneelhuis
17 DecAntwerpenToneelhuis
March 2018
10 MarLeuvenStadsschouwburg Leuven
11 MarLeuvenStadsschouwburg Leuven
16 MarSevillaTeatro Central
17 MarSevillaTeatro Central
22 MarPalma de Mallorca / ILLES BALEARSTeatre Principal
27 MarBrusselKaaitheater
28 MarBrusselKaaitheater
29 MarBrusselKaaitheater
30 MarBrusselKaaitheater
May 2018
29 MaySèteScène Nationale de Sète et du Bassin de Thau Avant-Première FR
30 MaySèteScène Nationale de Sète et du Bassin de Thau Avant-Première FR
June 2018
22 JunPoznanMalta Festival Poznan
23 JunPoznanMalta Festival Poznan
28 JunMarseille Festival de Marseille Premiere
29 JunMarseille Festival de Marseille Premiere
September 2018
14 SepDresdenHELLERAU - European Center for the Arts Dresden
15 SepDresdenHELLERAU - European Center for the Arts Dresden
November 2018
05 NovRoeselareCC De Spil
08 NovBruggeConcertgebouw Brugge
10 NovStrombeekCC Strombeek
15 NovMonsMars
November 2018
22 NovGentKunstencentrum Vooruit
23 NovGentKunstencentrum Vooruit
24 NovGentKunstencentrum Vooruit
December 2018
01 DecAalstCC De Werf - Aalst
05 DecTurnhoutde Warande
07 DecKortrijkSchouwburg Kortrijk
09 DecHeist-op-den-BergCultuurcentrum Zwaneberg
18 DecSint-NiklaasCC Sint-Niklaas
January 2019
23 JanBrusselThéâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles
24 JanBrusselThéâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles
25 JanBrusselThéâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles
March 2019
28 MarMadridTeatros del Canal
29 MarMadridTeatros del Canal
April 2019
04 AprDijonOpéra de Dijon
05 AprDijonOpéra de Dijon
09 AprBobignyMC93 - Maison de la culture de Bobigny
10 AprBobignyMC93 - Maison de la culture de Bobigny
July 2019
06 JulAlmadaFestival de Almada
07 JulAlmadaFestival de Almada
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