Compassion: The History of the Machine Gun
'Compassion: The history of the Machine Gun' premiers in the UK and Ireland on 6 and 7 October at the Lyric Theatre and is the opening event of the 2017 Belfast International Arts Festival. The powerful production from the Shaubuhne, Berlin, highlights the fate of refugees and the western world's attitudes to humanitarian crisis.
Compassion: The History of the Machine Gun dares its audience to journey through the political hot-spots of our time. From the Mediterranean routes of Middle-eastern refugees to the Congolese civil war zones, it leaves viewers to consider the limits of our compassion.
Audiences will glance into the lives of those at the heart of the crisis. Based on interviews with NGO workers, clerics and war victims in Africa and Europe, this double monologue is sure to keep you captivated. The semi-documentary performance is nourished by the experiences of its two woman cast; Swiss actress Ursina Lardi and Belgian actress Consolate Siperius, originally from Burundi.
Esteemed Swiss Theatre Director and the play's creator, Milo Rau, is renowned for his work in political theatre.
Rau was the recipient of a 2014 Swiss theatre award for his cutting edge work. His other projects such as 'Hate Radio' and the 'Moskauer Prozesse' have attracted international attention and spurred political debate. The Swiss newspaper Tagesanzeiger recently named him one of today’s 'most sought-after directors', and German weekly Der Freitag called him 'the most controversial theatre director of his generation'.