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Out in Africa at the TNL

Monday 03 July 2017, 20:00

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Details:  TNL Presents World Premier of Out in Africa

The Théâtre National du Luxembourg, in co-production with the Fundamental Monodrama Festival and the Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, is putting on a 3-performance production of "Out in Africa" by Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom.

With the World Premiere on 27 June, the other two dates are Wednesday 28 June and Monday 3 July, at 20:00 each evening.

A cross between William Golding's Lord of the flies and Slawomir Mzorek's Out at Sea, this solo play portrays the story of four German tourists captured by Islamist rebels in an unnamed African country and locked up without any sustenance. The men are soon forced to confront their basic instincts when they realise that the only way to survive is to eat each other. At the hard end of this decision lies the difficulty to choose the sacrificial lamb(s). Thus begins a battle of the survival-of-the-fittest that turns into a microcosm for larger political issues.

The macabre events in "Out in Africa" are told and enacted with both horror and sharp humour by the only survivor, a German lawyer named Heiner Kochesser. The play, told with an evocative African soundscape, is a satire on Eurocentrism and how Africa is often "problematised" in Western eyes.

The play, performed and produced by acclaimed Luxembourg actor Steven Karier, is written and directed by acquainted South African theatre-maker Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom who works for the first time in Europe.

IN ENGLISH

Text & Director: Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom

Stage- and Costumedesign: Katrin Kersten

Dramaturgy and production: Rolf C. Hemke

With: Steve Karier

Venue: Théâtre National du Luxembourg (route de Longwy, Luxembourg-Belair)

Organiser: Théâtre National du Luxembourg, in co-production with the Fundamental Monodrama Festival and the Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen

Price: Tickets cost €20

Reservations: Tickets from www.tnl.lu 

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