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At Food For Laughs, you will find animated conversations, serious conversations, comic opinions, hilarious performances, but above all, Food for Laughs. For free time theatre lovers, and professionals. Locally, regionally and internationally. There will be lots of interesting people from Belgium and abroad around the table for various organised debates and conversations. We are also creating a number of unique projects and inviting some side-splitting performances. A real humour fest!
Some projects, performances or debates are captioned or translated into English and French in real-time. The working languages are English, French or Dutch. This will always be indicated in the programme section.
Comic and tragicomic acting - INTERNATIONAL MASTERCLASS
Working language: English
Would you like learn from the man who taught Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe clowning and slapstick? In this three-day masterclass, Mitch Mitchelson, freelance director, visiting professor and performer, will teach you comic and tragicomic acting. Drawing inspiration from silent film, Commedia dell’arte, the circus, clowning, Dario Fo, and much more, Mitch gives workshops at renowned theatres such as the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Old Vic Theatre in London. In this workshop, you will alternate between working together or in small groups on short scenes.
On Sunday, October 9th, you will present a number of these scenes at the Food For Laughs Revue.
Food is available at democratic prices at the Food For Laughs festival centre (in Stormkop). Affordable hotel rooms can be booked through OPENDOEK as long as they are available.
To take part, please send a letter of motivation in English before August 1st to firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Les anciens combattants’ - Les Perroquets de Bangui
Working language: French – captioned in English and Dutch
Les Perroquets de Bangui’s message is supranational. It talks of Africa and the rest of the world.
‘A powerful message against bad governance and the many scourges plaguing and paralysing our dear Africa. Far from being merely imaginative, its content is inspired by the continent’s true history, the fruit of proven documentary research aimed at all of humanity and, more specifically, at Africans.
The play deals with contact with the white man, recruitment, and military life, including the thorny question of compensation for their efforts but also the prestige that earned them the status of veterans in society.
Not a laughing matter!
Working language: English
Four encounters on the cutting edge. Four duos who know precisely how comic and popular theatre work. Eight experts who put humour in the bigger picture, but this time it’s not a laughing matter! Your host asks pertinent questions about how comedy is surviving right now, in the age of social media and as we roll from one crisis to another.
There are four main topics:
- Is comic theatre still standing, or is something needed to give it a boost?
- Popular culture: what is it, what does it do?
- The sociology of humour and beauty.
- You can’t laugh at anything these days.
A series of encounters in collaboration with MAS and De Burgerij.
We are organising the evening sessions in MAS in the ‘Feest’ exhibition - a unique setting between two still functional Decap dance organs.
Let’s Laugh Together
Working language: English
Angelo Tijssens will make you laugh at Let’s Laugh Together. Not by taking to the stage himself but by hosting an evening full of video clips. Clips that will make you split your sides (or not!). The audience can submit video clips that they find funny in advance. A three-member panel will discuss a selection of those clips. Afterwards, the audience can vote each clip into the recesses of our collective memory or choose the funniest top of mind piece that will make us laugh for years to come.
All clips submitted by the audience will be shown in the Cinema at the Food For Laughs festival centre in Stormkop.
An evening in collaboration with cirQ, where we discuss what we still want to, can and will laugh about in the future.
Listen to my LLLLPPPPP record
Working language: English/Dutch
The belly of the Sint-Jozef church nave houses a legendary ballroom, which is the ideal place to find the best sound clips from our parents’ and grandparents’ record shelf together with host Johan Petit. A DJ battle, with clips from Gaston & Leo, Tony Bell or De Woodpeckers with Jef Cassiers and many more, chosen by special guests around the DJ’s table.
This evening ends on the dance floor with special guests such as Dominique Van Malder, who will dust off his best sing-alongs.
Talk to me
Working language: English/French – translated into Dutch and English
Run For Your Wife, Noises Off, The Play That goes Wrong are all titles that ring a bell. We’ll go around the table live and digitally with the translators, writers and performers of these plays, diving into comic repertoire, discovering new names and showing the best clips.
An inspiring evening with existing and new funny texts that are going to be totally hot in the future.
Working language: Dutch – translated into English
At the breakfast table, peppy host Soe Nsuki takes us through the funniest clips that her two guests have brought with them. In the trend of the talk shows Zomergasten (Summer guests) or Alleen Elvis blijft bestaan (Only Elvis is forever), these stepping stones will show you why these clips are so essential for her guests.
Dive into the music library, YouTube lists, DVD or video archive of her guests and you will no doubt discover many new clips with a story over a delicious breakfast prepared by Seppe Nobels’ Instroom restaurant. Relax and take time to start your Saturday or Sunday, chuckling over a marvellous breakfast.
Food For Laughs cinema in Stormkop
Watch non-stop cinema from early in the morning until late at night in the Stormkop festival centre.
With a selection of hilarious recordings and film clips from familiar names such as Piet Bambergen, Johnny Kraaijkamp, Ruud De Ridder, De Komedie Compagnie, John Lanting, Het theater van de lach, Louis de Funès, Peter Sellers, Jef Cassiers. The selection was put together by film expert Wouter Hessels and supplemented with video clips from Let’s Laugh Together.
Food For Laughs podcasts in Stormkop
Listen to podcasts and funny sounds from early in the morning until late at night in the Stormkop festival centre. With a selection of funny podcasts, put together especially for Food For Laughs by Layla El-Dekmak (Zandman, Radio 1, Uitgesproken) and side-splitting music by Gerrit Valckenaers. Supplemented with clips from Listen to my LLLLPPPPP record. In a specially equipped listening room, you can dream away to funny, hilarious and rib-tickling sounds.