Seven children play out the totality of their lives, decade after decade, before your very eyes.
THE DREAMS OF YOUTH GIVE WAY TO THE REALITIES OF LIFE IN THIS UTTERLY UNIQUE THEATRE WORK — A GROWN-UP TALE TOLD WITH YOUTHFUL HUMOUR, WARMTH AND CANDOUR BY SEVEN CHILDREN.
Seven sets of hopes and dreams; seven flashes of blinding promise; seven lives broken apart and reassembled. Seven children play out the totality of their lives, decade after decade, before your very eyes.
German/UK theatre heavyweights Gob Squad join forces with Belgian arts centre CAMPO to bring us a bitter-sweet tale of dreams forfeited and promise lost, laced with youthful humour, zeal and wit.
The exceptionally talented child actors each play themselves; performing inside a room made from one-way mirrors (watched from outside by the audience, like a kind of theatrical science experiment), they lay out their personal dreams and ambitions in their own words. But as the play unfolds and they begin to age — to study, to work, to fall in love, to compromise, to fail — the contradictions and travails of adulthood steadily unpick their carefully laid plans.
By turns playful, poignant and inspiring, Before Your Very Eyes is a vivid tribute to the joy and promise of youth, a sobering reminder of how easily we lose our way, and as heart-warming an evening of theatre as you're ever likely to see.