This summer, The Events returns to the Young Vic following sell-out success in 2013. On 10 July at 7.45pm and 12 July at 2.45pm and 7.45pm the show will be performed with an international cast in English, German and Norwegian, ATC’s Nick Williams tells us what inspired the company to stage these special performances.
‘The Events was inspired by and drawn out of the tragic events of 21 July 2011 in Norway, where Anders Breivik opened fire on a group of young people at a summer camp. In making the show, we found willing and keen partners in Norway and Austria (as well as the Young Vic of course), who felt the material had strong resonance for their own communities. As a result the show was made with the Schauspielhaus Wien and Brageteatret in Norway – both investing expertise and resource to make this extraordinary experience. In return they had their own local language versions of the original ATC production, to sing with their own community groups but in essentially the same production. Both sets of actors joined initial rehearsals in London and have worked through their own country-based presentations.
To bring the three productions together in London is to celebrate this unique collaboration, but also to highlight that the nature of the subject of the play – how a community deals with and comes back together after a shocking act of aggression – as a universal, a phenomenon which is witnessed across Europe and beyond, and yet the human responses are the same.’
The Events runs at the Young Vic from 10 July – 2 August. To book now, click here.