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Fight Night
HIGHWIRE SERIES

Oct 17 - 27, 2019

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Fight Night

HIGHWIRE SERIES

FIVE CONTENDERS.  FIVE ROUNDS. YOUR VOTE.

Fight Night is an interactive production that examines how and why we make judgements about others, while asking whether the current political system really represents our choices.


Upon entering, you will be provided with a small voting pad for your seat. Each round, you will be tasked with deciding what you believe in, who you trust, and what you will do when your trust is broken. As the show progresses, the decisions get harder - how far will you go to support your choice?


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Written by Ontroerend Goed

Directed by ALEXANDER DEVRIENDT
Text ONTROEREND GOED
Set Designer SOPHIE DE SOMERE, LILITH TREMMERY
Lighting Designer LILITH TREMMERY
Costume Designer SOPHIE DE SOMERE, ANGELO TIJSSENS
Sound Designer DAVID HEINRICH
Graphic Design Voting System NICK MATTAN
Composers CAMERON GOODALL & DAVID HEINRICH
Technicians BABETTE PONCELET & PEPIJN MESURE

Produced by Ontroerend Goed, The Border Project, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Richard Jordan Productions, and Vooruit.

ONTROEREND GOED (Or “OG”) produces self-devised work grounded in the here and now, inviting their audiences to participate as well as observe. They first emerged on the international scene in 2007, with The Smile Off Your Face, a one-onone show in which the audience is tied to a wheelchair and then blindfolded. Their hit show Once and for all we’re gonna tell you who we are so shut up and listen, was an uncompromising celebration of raw teenage energy on stage. With every new piece of work, Ontroerend Goed provides an intense experience constructed in reality; life goes on during the performance. The company has won numerous awards across Europe, including STUK-prijs (2003), Fringe Firsts (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2019), Herald Angel (2008, 2009), Total Theatre Award (2007, 2008, 2012), Three Weeks Editors Award (2007), Stage Award for Best Ensemble (2014). OG performs in Dutch, English and French, and has hit New York, Sydney, Hong Kong, Toronto and London to critical acclaim. Their work is currently being ‘staged’ in countries around the world; they perform their own work, and have successful local remakes in Istanbul, Moscow and Shanghai.

Ontroerend Goed is Alexander Devriendt, David Bauwens, Joeri Smet, Wim Smet, Charlotte De Bruyne, Karen Van Ginderachter, Karolien De Bleser, Babette Poncelet, Aurélie Lannoy and Angelo Tijssens. They are currently associated artists in residence at Vooruit Arts Centre in their hometown Ghent, Belgium. In 2015 Oberon Books published All Works And No Plays, in which Ontroerend Goed explores different forms to convey a theatrical experience on paper. Each performance has its own way of approaching the audience, so each text has its own way to address the reader. This book is not made to turn the page and document the performances as a past experience, but for people to use it as a tool. A tool to play, adapt, oppose, relive, challenge and inspire. It contains 9 blueprints of shows by Ontroerend Goed. Amongst them are: The Smile off Your Face; Internal; A Game of You; Once and for all...; Teenage Riot; All That is Wrong; Audience; A History of Everything; and Fight Night. This year, Oberon Books has released the company’s latest publication, Pieces of Work.

‘The most consistently challenging theatre-makers of the past decade.’
– The Scottish Journal of Performance

THEATRE ROYAL PLYMOUTH specialises in the production of new plays alongside the presentation of a broad range of theatre – including classic and contemporary drama and performance, musicals, opera, ballet and dance. As one of the U.K.’s busiest regional theatres located in the South West of England, we have three performance spaces – The Lyric, The Drum and The Lab. Our work with young people and communities is extensive and radical, taking place across all our venues and beyond.

We have regularly co-produced with Ontroerend Goed and Richard Jordan Productions (Loopstation, £¥€$, World Without Us, Are we not drawn onward to new erA, A History Of Everything, Sirens, Fight Night, Teenage Riot, and Under the Influence).  We have also regularly co-produced with Paines Plough (You Stupid Darkness by Sam Steiner, The Angry Brigade by James Graham, Love Love Love by Mike Bartlett, Frantic Assembly (The Unreturning by Anna Jordan, Othello, The Believers by Bryony Lavery, Lovesong by Abi Morgan), Graeae (The Solid Life of Sugar Water by Jack Thorne) and Told By An Idiot (Napoleon Disrobed, Heads Will Roll, And The Horse You Rode In On, My Perfect Mind).

We host many companies from the U.K. and around the world on our stages; recent international companies have included: Robert LePage’s Ex Machina with Needles & Opium and The Far Side of the Moon, Ninagawa’s Macbeth, and Hofesh Shechter’s Grand Finale and Sun. Some of our own recent Theatre Royal Plymouth Productions include: God of Chaos and The Man With The Hammer by Phil Porter; The Kneebone Cadillac; 49 Donkeys Hanged; Grand Guignol and Horse Piss for Blood by Carl Grose; Clockwork Canaries by Christopher William Hill; The Here and This and Now by Glenn Waldron; The War Has Not Yet Started by Mikhail Durnekov and Monster Raving Loony by James Graham. South West-based theatre company The Wrong Crowd are our first resident company at the theatre.

RICHARD JORDAN PRODUCTIONS is an Olivier and Tony Award-winning production company under the leadership of British producer Richard Jordan. Based in London, (U.K.), the company was founded in 1998 and enjoys associations with many of the world’s leading theaters and arts organizations. His company has produced over 240 productions including 91 world-premieres and 89 U.S., U.K. and Australian premieres by both new and established writers, artists and companies including Ontroerend Goed whose work, since 2007, he co-produces worldwide. 

He has enjoyed a long relationship in Canada working with many of its theatres including: The Cultch in Vancouver; Royal Manitoba Playhouse; Stratford Festival; Zoo Fest in Montreal; the National Arts Centre; Soul Pepper; Theater Centre; Harbourfront; and regularly with Mirvish, in Toronto. He has also produced and developed productions by a range of Canadian artists and writers both in Canada and internationally including: Ravi Jain; Ross Manson and Volcano; Rick Miller; Raoul Bhaneja; Alon Nashman; Darren O’Donnell; Wadji Mouawad; Michael Redhill and Janet Munsil.

Richard’s productions have won a number of major awards including: the Laurence Olivier Award; 17 Scotsman Fringe Firsts; 7 Total Theatre Awards; 2 Herald Angel Awards; the Jeff Award; The EMMY Award; the Off-West End Award; the U.S. Black Alliance Award; the Obie Award; 3 Helen Hayes Awards and the TONY (and 11 other TONY nominations); Drama Desk; Drama League; New York Critics; Broadway.com and Outer Critic Circle Best New Play Awards. In 2013, Richard became the first British producer to have won every notable Broadway and off-Broadway Best New Play Award. Described by The Stage newspaper “as one of the U.K.’s most prolific theatre producers” and named seven times in their annual list of the top 100 U.K. theatre professionals, he was the first recipient of the TIF/Society of London Theatre Producers Award.

For more information, email: info@richardjordanproductions.com

BIG IN BELGIUM provides a platform for some of the most significant theatre companies from the Flemish part of Belgium. Now in its seventh year, each of the shows has previously been very successful on the European mainland and are now presented for the first time to Edinburgh audiences, some translated and adapted, ready for breaking new grounds in English-speaking territories, aiming to create a greater visibility for Flemish theatre on the international scene.

VENUE
Maclab Theatre
14+
Run Time: Approximately 85 minutes with no intermission
What starts as a fun game takes on more and more dubious shapes... Exciting!
DE STANDAARD
This is witty, engaging political theatre.
ARTS HUB
A cross between Big Brother and an Italian election.
THE INDEPENDENT
Part Theatresports and part Survivor ... offers a lot to think about.
VANCOUVER SUN
What starts as a fun game takes on more and more dubious shapes... Exciting!
This is witty, engaging political theatre.
A cross between Big Brother and an Italian election.
Part Theatresports and part Survivor ... offers a lot to think about.

Cast & Creative Team

  • Julia Ghysels
    Ensemble
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    Julia Ghysels
    Ensemble

    Julia Ghysels studied theatre at the Antwerp Conservatory. While she was studying she performed in De zaak van de dieren tegen de mensen (2014) by HETPALEIS and Alsemkomt (2014) by de Roovers. After her studies, she performed in the theatre pieces Othello (2015, Toneelhuis), and Adult World (2015, echo maker MT and Cie Covar). In 2018 she performed in the play Loopstation (Ontroerend Goed), and Tussen Hond en Wolf (UNM in coproduction with De Warande).  In 2019 she performed in the French version of £¥€$ by Ontroerend Goed. Her television work includes Gent-West (in the role of Sasha, 2017-19) and Fenix (2018).

    Photograph by Lieven Symaeys
  • Aaron Gordon
    Ensemble
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    Aaron Gordon
    Ensemble

    Aaron Gordon is an actor/writer. He previously worked with Ontroerend Goed on the Fight Night world tour.  He trained with the National Youth Theatre Rep Company in 2013. He has several credits in film, television, and theatre. He also co-runs a theatre company called Itch and Scratch. Whilst appearing in Fight Night, he is also working on a number of projects including a one man show about mental illness.

  • Aurélie Lannoy
    Ensemble
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    Aurélie Lannoy
    Ensemble

    Aurélie Lannoy trained in theatre at the Kleine Academie in Brussels with movement and creation as a pedagogical basis. In the course of the following years, she also received training at the Susan Batson studio in New York. Fresh from drama school, Aurélie encounters and joins Ontroerend Goed, a Ghent-based company that explores new theatrical forms. She collaborates with them regularly as an actress, creator, and performer, which allows her to play internationally and to receive awards on several occasions, among them the Adelaide and Edinburgh festivals. Alongside her work with Ontroerend Goed, Aurélie began research to explore the possibilities and the limits of a deep and authentic relationship between actors and their audiences.

  • Angelo Tijssens
    Ensemble
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    Angelo Tijssens
    Ensemble

    Angelo Tijssens studied theatre at the Antwerp Conservatorium. He made a few shows as a director, actor, and writer, but after a couple of years, he started working for OG as an understudy; soon enough, he actually joined the company and started touring all over the world. His work with Ontroerend Goed includes A Game of You, Internal, Audience, A History of Everything, and Fight Night (both English and French version), Are we not drawn onward to new erA, £¥€$, OMG, Loopstation, Artificial, and Every Word Was Once an Animal. He acted in some films and several television series and wrote three short films, as well as GIRL, with director Lukas Dhont, with choreographies by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. At the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, they won the Camera d’Or, the Fipresci Award, and the Queer Palm. They won the European Film Award for Best Debut, were nominated for a Golden Globe and several other awards all over the world. He’s currently working with Dhont again on his second feature, Angel. Tijssens’ first own screenplay, Dust, is currently in development, with director Anke Blondé.

  • Bastiaan Vandendriessche
    Ensemble
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    Bastiaan Vandendriessche
    Ensemble

    Bastiaan Vandendriessche studied International Political Sciences at the University of Ghent. After his master (2013) he studied Drama at the Conservatory of Antwerp (2013-17). With his controversial debut De Fuut, he won the Best International Performance Award at Amsterdam Fringe (2017). After a tour through the Netherlands, he translated the play and travelled with it to England and Scotland (Big in Belgium, 2018). Later he created A White Man's Burden (2018) for Theater Rotterdam, and Mono for M-museum Leuven (with Jotka Bauwens). In 2019, he performed Mockingbird (his once in a lifetime experiment in De Minard), and started his latest monologue, Ode aan Buldegart in De Brakke Grond.  As an actor, he has been working with Ontroerend Goed since 2017, performing in £¥€$, Fight Night, and Every Word Was Once an Animal.

  • Max Wind
    Ensemble
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    Max Wind
    Ensemble

    Max Wind graduated from the theatre academy in Maastricht in 2017. Since his graduation he has created several teenage plays at De Noorderlingen in Groningen and Garage TDI in Assen, alongside his work for OG. His plays are primarily text-based. In the fall of 2019 he will present a non-fiction book about the artistic taste of artificial intelligence at the premiere of the performance, Dear Lollipop, to be created in Maastricht later this year. His collaborations with OG include A History of Everything, Fight Night, Loopstation, and £¥€$.

  • Alexander Devriendt
    Director
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    Alexander Devriendt
    Director

    Alexander Devriendt is the artistic director and one of the founders of Ontroerend Goed. His past work includes the creation of the individual theatre trilogy (The Smile Off Your Face, Internal, and A Game of You), the direction of the three celebrated teenage plays: Once and for All We’re Gonna Tell You Who We Are So Shut Up and Listen, Teenage Riot & All That is Wrong, and A History of Everything, co-produced with Sydney Theatre Company.  His most recent works are Sirens, a performance on feminism, Are we not drawn onward to new erA, a palindrome show, and World Without Us, the final part of the Fast Forward Trilogy. His plays have won several awards around the world, and is performed all over Europe, Australia and North America, recently visiting the Middle East, Russia, Hong Kong and Singapore.