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Focus & Chaliwaté

THE GENERAL Buster Keaton
21 - 23 Jan
Théâtre de l’Entrouvert
21 - 23 Jan

Southbank Centre's
Purcell Room

Mon 21 - Wed 23 Jan at 7.45pm
London Premiere

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30 mins / no interval
Age Guidance: 7+
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After-show discussion:
Tue 22 Jan

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Backup presents its powerful message about climate change through thirty minutes of brilliant physical theatre and low-tech wizardry

The scene is a snowy landscape festooned with miniature trees and houses with lights twinkling and smoke puffing from chimneys. Along comes a tiny campervan containing three filmmakers on their way to capture footage of an icy landscape in a part of the world which is disappearing – the Arctic. Disarming, witty and inventive physical comedy, Backup becomes a moving drama that compels us to face what we are doing to our planet.

Total Theatre Award winner and popular hit at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, Backup is a first collaboration between two leading Belgian theatre groups with a shared interest in physical and object theatre, animation and video.

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"Like a shard of broken ice to the heart. Brilliant puppetry... it makes its point with frosted pointed brilliance"

Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor

"Rarely is so much accomplished in so short a time. They make us laugh with their ingenuity and then break our hearts with their profound message about climate change"

The Scotsman


Focus & Chaliwaté


From/with: Julie Tenret, Sicaire Durieux, Sandrine Heyraud
Dramatic criticism: Alana Osbourne
Lights by: Guillaume Toussaint Fromentin
Sound by: Loïc le Foll
Stage Set Construction by: Zoé Tenret
Puppets created by: Waw ! Studios/ Joachim Jannin
Puppets creators assistants: Jean-Raymond Brassinne,
Emmanuel Chessa, Aurélie Deloche and Gaëlle Marras
Video by: Tristan Galand 1st AC: Alexandre Cabanne
Key Grip: Hatuey Suarez
Underwater filming: Alexandra Brixy
Set construction: Zoé Tenret et Sébastien Munck
General Stage Management: Isabelle Derr, Loic le Foll
and Guillaume Toussaint Fromentin alternating
Production photos © Alice Piemme
This visit to London is supported by
Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI)

Production : Focus Company and Chaliwaté Company.
Co-produced by Namur Theatre (BE), Tournai Cultural House (BE), Tanneurs Theater (BE), Ancre Theater (BE), Sablier – Espace Jean Vilar of Ifs (FR) and Palace – Montataire Theatre (FR) . With assistance from Wallonia-Brussels Federation (FWB), French Community Commission (COCOF) and WalloniaBrussels International (WBI). With support from Escale du Nord – Anderlecht Cultural Centre, Latitude 50, Espace Catastrophe, Roseraie, Jacques Franck Cultural Centre, Vénerie, Braine l’Alleud Cultural Centre, Marni Theatre, Escaut, Wallonia-Brussels Theatre/Dance, AD LIB Production (artistic residencies at LIBITUM), LookIN’OUT and XS Festival.