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Het kleine meisje van meneer Linh

Guy Cassiers, Toneelhuis

Mister Linh flees his war-ravaged country in search of a better future for his granddaughter. Mister Linh doesn’t feel at home in the foreign land where he finds himself, until one day he meets mister Bark.

Mister Bark talks mainly about his wife who died recently. Mister Linh doesn’t understand him but he listens, his little girl on his lap. They meet on the same bench in the park every day until one day everything changes...

Based on a novella by Philippe Claudel Het kleine meisje van meneer Linh is a moving story about a man who has to flee his country with the little he has left.

Koen de Sutter does the show as a monologue. Because De Sutter is alone on stage and performs all of the roles – the narrator, Mr Linh and Mr Bark – it gains a special flavour, atmosphere and significance. It becomes a show about the power of the imagination and of portrayal. De Sutter tells the story with all of the means available to him: dramatic action, words, images, music, sound, projections….

But at the same time it is also a show about loneliness, about the longing to communicate with others – and not in the last place, with the audience. Are we in the head of the narrator? Are Mr Linh and Mr Bark voices in his head? Is telling the story his way of coping with trauma?

Whereas the earlier Grensgeval (Borderline) presented the Westerner who cannot find a response to the new European, Het kleine meisje van meneer Linh speaks from the sensory experience of the refugee himself who is given all too few clues as to how to comprehend the new world. 

With just one actor and minimal visual means, Guy Cassiers has turned Philippe Claudel’s novel

into masterful theatre. Actor Koen De Sutter finds the perfect tone and manner for telling this

implacable story.

"The projections often have a poignant beauty because of their sparing use. Narration is the central focus in Meneer Linh, and the interventions made by Cassiers – who likes multimedia theatre – are remarkably subtle and rare for his way of doing things."

Ewoud Ceulemans in De Morgen *** , 1 October 2017

"Very beautiful production, because the essence of the story is about a search for contact that transcends inadequate communication through language. Cassiers works with a ‘moving typography’ to give the very poetic but also concise and purified text a kind of deeper emotion."

Evelyne Coussens in Klara , 2 October 2017

"Koen De Sutter evokes a gamut of emotions that beautifully express the fragility of poor Mr Linh."

Koen Van Boxem in De Tijd , 3 October 2017

"Koen De Sutter delivers a first-rate story with a sharp edge."

"What’s more, De Sutter succeeds in portraying the almost childishly naive figures of Linh and Bark with the requisite lightness and (bitter) humour. Which is also partly why the nasty little tail wagging at the end of Claudel’s story – the tragic entrustment by Linh of a life-saving illusion to Bark – comes like such a sledgehammer blow. In all of its beautiful simplicity, this show reflects the complexity and immensity of the human tragedy."

Evelyne Coussens in Theaterkrant *** , 4 October 2017


  • Guy Cassiers


  • Erwin Jans


  • Philippe Claudel


  • Koen De Sutter

video design

  • Klaas Verpoest

sound design

  • Diederik De Cock

costume advice

  • Tim Van Steenbergen

with the support of

  • Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter powered by Belfius
  • Tax Shelter maatregel v/d Belgische Federale Overheid


  • Toneelhuis

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  1. Cancelled: Thursday 28 September 2017 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  2. Saturday 30 September 2017 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  3. Sunday 1 October 2017 — 15h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  4. Tuesday 3 October 2017 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  5. Wednesday 4 October 2017 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  6. Thursday 5 October 2017 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  7. Friday 6 October 2017 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  8. Wednesday 10 January 2018 — CCHA, Hasselt
  9. Sunday 14 January 2018 — 15h00 — Kaaitheater, Brussel
  10. Sunday 14 January 2018 — 20h30 — Kaaitheater, Brussel
  11. Thursday 18 January 2018 — CC Kortrijk, Kortrijk
  12. Wednesday 24 January 2018 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  13. Thursday 25 January 2018 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  14. Friday 26 January 2018 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  15. Saturday 27 January 2018 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  16. Tuesday 30 January 2018 — Grote zaal ITA, Amsterdam
  17. Saturday 3 February 2018 — Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch
  18. Tuesday 6 February 2018 — CC Maasmechelen, Maasmechelen
  19. Friday 9 February 2018 — 30CC/Schouwburg, Leuven
  20. Saturday 10 February 2018 — 30CC/Schouwburg, Leuven
  21. Tuesday 13 February 2018 — Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht
  22. Friday 16 February 2018 — SPOT Groningen, Groningen
  23. Wednesday 21 February 2018 — Warande/Schouwburg, Turnhout
  24. Thursday 22 February 2018 — Warande/Schouwburg, Turnhout
  25. Saturday 24 February 2018 — Theater Rotterdam, Rotterdam
  26. Thursday 17 May 2018 — VIERNULVIER/Theaterzaal, Gent
  27. Friday 18 May 2018 — VIERNULVIER/Theaterzaal, Gent
  28. Saturday 19 May 2018 — VIERNULVIER/Theaterzaal, Gent
  29. Tuesday 22 May 2018 — CC Sint-Niklaas, Sint-Niklaas

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