Our pope

Our pope is written in February 2007 by Arnon Grunberg for the Wrocławski Teatr Współczesny in Poland, where it has never been staged. Wunderbaum finds the text very interesting, bought the exclusive rights and thus brings the world premiere of this text.

Our pope is about Guillaume van Rompuy, a Flemish university teacher in Dutch. He can’t find a job in Flanders and moves, as recommended by his mum, to Poland (“Life is supposedly still very cheap over there”) to work at the university of Wrocław. His girlfriend is coming with him.

It turns out to be a total catastrophe. Van Rompuy and his girlfriend end up in a society that wants to exploit the merits of capitalism, but at the same time shows a longing for the communism, a deep rooted nationalism, bureaucracy and perverted exercise of power. Van Rompuy is in this environment a modern Sisyphus, who suffers his fate and travels a painful way to something indeterminate.

Text

  • Arnon Grunberg

By and with

  • Walter Bart
  • Ludwig Bindervoet
  • Wine Dierickx
  • Matijs Jansen
  • Jochum ten Haaf
  • Maartje Remmers
  • Oscar van Rompay
  • Jan Kees in ’t Veld
  • Eddy Geerlings
  • Batuhan Eryigit
  • Jan Groenland
  • Ties Maas
  • Luka Skobo

Design

  • Maarten van Otterdijk

Dramaturg

  • Koen Haagdorens

Technician

  • Peter Swikker
  • Ruud de Zwart

Producer

  • Ivo Gort

Editors

  • Marlies Spijker

Photography

  • Fred Debrock

Co-producer

  • Rotterdamse Schouwburg
  • NTGent

Made possible by

  • Erasmusstichting
  • SNS REAAL Fonds
  • Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht
  • Van Cappellen Stichting
  • Van Leeuwen Van Lignac Stichting

Special thanks to

  • Joke van Bilsen
  • Eddy Esman
  • Arnon Grunberg
  • Karol Lesman
  • Krystyna Meissner
  • Caroline Rutten
  • Hofplein Rotterdam
  • Monty
  • TG Stan

Past dates

  • December 2011

    10

    Verkadefabriek
    Den Bosch (NL)

  • December 2011

    06

    Monty
    Anwerpen (BE)

  • December 2011

    02

    De Veste
    Delft (NL)

  • December 2011

    01

    Chassé
    Breda (NL)

  • November 2011

    26

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • November 2011

    25

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • November 2011

    24

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • November 2011

    22

    Theater aan het Spui
    Den Haag (NL)

  • November 2011

    18

    Schouwburg
    Arnhem (NL)

  • November 2011

    17

    Monty
    Anwerpen (BE)

  • November 2011

    16

    Monty
    Anwerpen (BE)

  • November 2011

    15

    Monty
    Anwerpen (BE)

  • November 2011

    10

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • November 2011

    09

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • November 2011

    08

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • November 2011

    05

    Theater aan het Vrijthof
    Maastricht (NL)

  • November 2011

    01

    Frascati
    Amsterdam (NL)

  • October 2011

    30

    Frascati
    Amsterdam (NL)

  • October 2011

    29

    Frascati
    Amsterdam (NL)

  • October 2011

    28

    Frascati
    Amsterdam (NL)

  • October 2011

    27

    Frascati
    Amsterdam (NL)

  • October 2011

    26

    Frascati
    Amsterdam (NL)

  • October 2011

    24

    Stadsschouwburg
    Utrecht (NL)

  • October 2011

    22

    NTGent
    Gent (BE)

  • October 2011

    21

    NTGent
    Gent (BE)

  • October 2011

    20

    NTGent
    Gent (BE)

  • October 2011

    19

    NTGent
    Gent (BE)

  • October 2011

    15

    NTGent
    Gent (BE)

  • October 2011

    14

    NTGent
    Gent (BE)

  • October 2011

    13

    NTGent
    Gent (BE)

  • October 2011

    12

    NTGent
    Gent (BE)

  • October 2011

    11

    Parktheater
    Eindhoven (NL)

  • October 2011

    08

    Toneelschuur
    Haarlem (NL)

  • October 2011

    07

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • October 2011

    06

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • October 2011

    05

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg
    Rotterdam (NL)

“Yes, Our pope is at least bizarre.”
De Standaard

“Grunbergian witty tragedy”
Volkskrant

“What Wunderbaum has done with Our Pope commands great respect. […] The good-intentioned young man is crushed without being able to breathe for a moment - and the same goes for the spectator.”
NRC

“A successful performance therefore requires comedians, actors with a good sense of what is fun on stage. Wunderbaum is full of them. Walter Bart and Matijs Jansen are hilarious. One as a self-centred mumbling professor, the other as a laconic dentist.”
Volkskrant

“With his big puppy eyes, his messy professorial hair, his lanky stature and his restrained performance, Van Rompay is the ultimate portrayal of the gullible, respectful Fleming. He balances wonderfully on the thin border between hilarity and vulnerability.”
Knack

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