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Vijand van het Volk

Toneelhuis, Olympique Dramatique

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A repertory play could not be more topical: the environmental scandals close to home, the manipulative mechanisms of political decision-making, the struggles of whistle-blowers... Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People analyses it all. But his wry comedy also shows the personal consequences of fighting for one's ideals
Doctor Thomas Stockman discovers that the water at the spa in his town is extremely polluted and is causing the visitors to become deathly ill. In the interest of public health, he wants to publicize his findings. He asks the local authorities to intervene. His brother, Peter Stockman, is the mayor of the town. He has his reservations. Publicizing the news will have incalculable economic consequences for the town. What’s more, the townspeople will be left footing the bill.

The clash between a fiery idealist and a pragmatic politician turns into a municipal war between the rightness of one person and the ‘common sense’ of the masses. Science versus politics. What is the value of truth? And how far do you go in support of your convictions? Simmering beneath this conflict over the common good is the competition and personal strife between two brothers.

Vijand van het volk (An Enemy of the People, Henrik Ibsen, 1882) describes both a social crisis and a family crisis. This timeless, wry comedy evokes burningly topical echoes of recent environmental scandals close to home and whistle-blower affairs. It mercilessly shows the manipulative mechanisms of behind-the-scenes decision-making, and the scheming in the corridors. 

True to form, Olympique Dramatique has assembled a sophisticated and strong cast of performers, with an eye for new talent.
 

Credits

script based on

  • Henrik Ibsen

adaptation

  • Tom Dewispelaere
  • Joeri Happel
  • Lucie Plasschaert

by and with

  • Sanne Samina Hanssen
  • Joeri Happel
  • Han Kerckhoffs
  • Lucie Plasschaert
  • Nico Sturm
  • Iris Van Cauwenbergh
  • Stijn Van Opstal / Jan Bijvoet / Koen De Sutter

sound design, vocal coach

  • Wouter Deltour

scenography

  • Stef Stessel

light design

  • Frank Hardy

costume design

  • Inge Büsscher

assistant costume design

  • Louis Verlinde

production

  • Toneelhuis
  • Olympique Dramatique

with the support of

  • de Tax Shelter van de Belgische federale overheid
  • Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter

All data

  1. Wednesday 1 February 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  2. Thursday 2 February 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  3. Friday 3 February 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  4. Saturday 4 February 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  5. Sunday 5 February 2023 — 15h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  6. Friday 10 February 2023 — 20h00 — ITA, Rabozaal, Amsterdam
  7. Saturday 11 February 2023 — 20h00 — ITA, Rabozaal, Amsterdam
  1. Thursday 13 October 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  2. Saturday 15 October 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  3. Sunday 16 October 2022 — 15h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  4. Tuesday 18 October 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  5. Wednesday 19 October 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  6. Thursday 20 October 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  7. Friday 21 October 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  8. Saturday 22 October 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  9. Tuesday 25 October 2022 — 20h15 — Schouwburg Kortrijk, Kortrijk
  10. Wednesday 9 November 2022 — 20h00 — CC De Werf, Aalst, Aalst
  11. Tuesday 15 November 2022 — 20h00 — CC Sint-Niklaas, Sint-Niklaas
  12. Friday 18 November 2022 — 20h00 — 30CC, Leuven
  13. Tuesday 22 November 2022 — 20h00 — cultuurcentrum Hasselt, Hasselt
  14. Thursday 24 November 2022 — 20h00 — NTGent - schouwburg, Gent
  15. Friday 25 November 2022 — 20h00 — NTGent - schouwburg, Gent
  16. Saturday 26 November 2022 — 20h00 — NTGent - schouwburg, Gent
  17. Tuesday 29 November 2022 — 20h00 — Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Brugge
  18. Thursday 1 December 2022 — 20h15 — De Warande, Turnhout
  19. Friday 2 December 2022 — 20h00 — KVS - BOL, Brussel
  20. Saturday 3 December 2022 — 20h00 — KVS - BOL, Brussel
  21. Sunday 4 December 2022 — 15h00 — KVS - BOL, Brussel

News about ‘Vijand van het Volk’

Olympique Dramatique keeps the focus on the actor Article — 24 June 2022

Olympique Dramatique keeps the focus on the actor

With seventeen years under their belts and at least five more years lying ahead, the two Olympique Dramatique stalwarts undeniably are established names within Toneelhuis. Although Stijn Van Opstal’s beard is considerably greyer than in 2006, Van Opstal and his comrade Tom Dewispelaere are still what they have always been: actors through and through.

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