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Toneelhuis/FC Bergman
300 el x 50 el x 30 el

Barbican Theatre

UK Premiere
Wed 31 Jan - Sat 3 Feb at 7.45pm

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Tel: 0845 120 7511
70 mins / no interval
Age Guidance: 16+
(contains adult themes and nudity)
£16 - £28*
*Membership, Young Barbican, student, school, access, group and business discounts apply
£3 transaction fee applies online.
£4 transaction fee applies by phone.

After-show discussion:
Fri 2 Feb

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Theatre and film are ingeniously interwoven in a wordless production that follows the inhabitants of a small village community gripped by the fear of an impending disaster – a flood.

Six humble dwellings sit in a wild forest clearing. At first, we see only their exteriors. But when a live camera crew emerges, surreal, peculiar and humorous slices of life are captured and revealed on a big screen. From the mundane to intimate, sinister to absurd, a symphony of symbolic and unsettling images are served up, making us voyeurs of these atmospheric vignettes.

Young Belgian theatre collective Toneelhuis/FC Bergman are experimental and daring in their approach, devising visual and poetic work with an anarchist edge. The story of Noah’s Ark – the title alludes to the vessel’s dimensions – is the starting point for this production, which touches upon hidden desires, the search for life’s meaning, the beauty of human failure and, finally, hope. With a cast of thirteen actors, 300 el x 50 el x 30 el unfolds to a soundtrack that includes Vivaldi, The Persuasions and Nina Simone.

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"A live event takes shape, a visual spectacle unfolds"

De Morgen (Belgium)

"A bombardment of wordless images"

De Volkskrant (Netherlands)

Toneelhuis/FC Bergman


Presented in partnership with Barbican
With the support of the Government of Flanders
Creative Team
Creation: Stef Aerts, Joé Agemans, Bart Hollanders, Matteo Simoni, Thomas Verstraeten, Marie Vinck
Set Design: FC Bergman, Matthijs Kuyer
Camera: Thomas Verstraeten
Co-produced by
Theater im Pfalzbau,
Taipei Performing Arts Center,
KVS – Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg,
Grec Festival de Barcelona/Mercat de les Flors,
Hellerau – European Center for the Arts Dresden,
Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg,
Maison de la Culture de Bourges,
La Rose des Vents,
Festival Aperto/Fondazione I Teatri,
La Bâtie Festival de Genève