***** “ ‘Branden’ horrifyingly beautiful lesson in life” – De Telegraaf
“Legendary first-rate performance with combination of authentic amateurs and perfect professionals” – Cultureel Persbureau
**** “dazzling and intoxicating” – NRC Handelsblad
**** “Zandwijk has created an impassioned and beautifully visualized direction at her Ro Theater” – Volkskrant
After years of silence, Nawal dies at the age of sixty. In her will, she asks her children to go in search of their father, who is presumed dead, and their brother, of whose existence they had no idea. Reluctantly, Jeanne and Simon start off on this journey, which takes them back to their roots and to a country at war. Slowly but surely, the relentless truth is uncovered.
“Our family – the women of our family – have been imprisoned in anger for so long: I was angry with my mother and your mother is angry with me, just as you are angry with your mother – and you will pass this anger on to your daughter as well. This line has to be broken. So learn to read, learn to write, learn to count, learn to speak. Learn. And then leave”. (Scorched)
Alize Zandwijk is directing Scorched in the Ro Theater’s own theatre with a mixed cast of Ro actors, Rotterdam women who participated in the production Mothers, and guest actors. Alize Zandwijk: “It’s bizarre when you realise that many people now living in Rotterdam have experienced war. I think it’s important to tell these stories in the city, with the city and for the city”.
With Scorched, the Ro Theater is introducing the writer Wajdi Mouawad to the Netherlands. At the age of eight, Mouawad (1968) fled the civil war in his homeland Lebanon with his parents and ended up in French-speaking Canada. He has been writing plays from the age of sixteen. His play Scorched has had great international success and was voted best foreign play of 2008 by the renowned magazine Theater Heute. Wajdi Mouawad has been artiste associé of the 2009 Avignon Theatre Festival.
cast Goele Derick, Nasrdin Dchar, Yahya Gaier, Nastaran Razawi Khorasani, Mahnaz Morrowatian, Bright Omansa Richards, Esther Scheldwacht and Fania Sorel
text Wajdi Mouawad
direction Alize Zandwijk
translation Tom Kleijn
dramaturgy Liet Lenshoek
music Oleg Fateev
set design Thomas Rupert
costumes Sabine Snijders
lighting Marc Heinz