© Pieter Dumoulin

Thirsty

Thirsty, Hof van Eede’s second show, tackles the basic question of youth and friendship: Do we want true friendship, or is it enough when we share a story that is not necessarily true, but binds us together and seals our friendship? More specifically: are you still young when you realize that being young implies a longing without knowing what you’re longing for, and that this is exactly what you’re longing for (that is: longing for something you don’t know you’re longing for)?

For Thirsty too, Hof van Eede was inspired by literature, by literary characters to be precise: on the one hand Rastignac, the youthful, over ambitious go-getter in Balzac’s Father Goriot. On the other hand a bunch of friends in a famous Dutch novel written by Nescio, The little titans, paralyzed by self-doubt, looking back on their youth and realizing that they themselves have turned into everything they loathed about adults when they used to be young and impetuous.

The setting is simple: four young people, all friends, address the audience directly and frontally – a formal trademark of Hof van Eede and the theatre tradition they belong to – not unlike stand-up comedy (or stand-up ‘theatrical essay’). They discuss what it is to be friends, to be young, and how to remain young, and friends, while growing up and getting older. Especially after having had a magical night during which they placed a piano on a sand bank and ‘rethought the cosmos’, as they put it. Since inevitably this climax of friendship also marked, as gradually becomes clear to the audience, the slow decay of their friendship. Their binding night has turned into anecdote, a myth they decide to believe, and are doomed to retell and relive if they want to relive their friendship

by and with Simon De Winne, Suzanne Grotenhuis, Ans Van den Eede, Louise Van den Eede and Freek Vielen
technical support Jan Bekaert
production Hof van Eede
coproduction NONA and Theater aan Zee
in collaboration with kunstencentrum CAMPO
with support from de Vlaamse Gemeenschap