Rail Gourmet

Rail Gourmet is the name of a packaging company under the Brussel-Midi (Brussels South) station, where the meals are wrapped up for the Thalys to Paris and the Eurostar to London. The Wunderbaum actors have visited the company and have been introduced to the people – coming from more than 60 different countries – who pack the food and wrap up the cutlery. Thereupon they took the lift upstairs, to the platforms, where businessmen, Euro MPs and tourists were waiting for their high-speed train. Personnel and travellers form two groups of people who are characteristic for the new Europe: a metropolitan melting pot of local and immigrant labourers, and a group of pan-European, mobile big earners.

With Rail Gourmet Wunderbaum relates a fresco of stories about characters who find themselves at this remarkable junction. It’s a multilingual performance, close to a railroad. Jens Bouttery (Camp Jesus) performs live music. A metropolitan triptych, on location in several cities in Flanders and the Netherlands.

Flemish author Annelies Verbeke has created special characters, which she has brought together in a universe full of parallel worlds. A railway station in Brussels becomes a metaphor for all those worlds in which people pass each other by without any real contact. We show characters who nevertheless have relationships in this environment and who try to save them, or who still manage to get in touch with each other for a moment. It provides crepitating sparks. Moments of high tension as these characters are all very emotionally charged, and for a moment find a way out.

By and with

  • Maartje Remmers
  • Wine Dierickx
  • Matijs Jansen
  • Walter Bart

Text

  • Annelies Verbeke

Dramaturg

  • Jeroen Versteele

(Live) music

  • Jens Bouttery

Design

  • Maarten Van Otterdijk

Filmdirector

  • Berend Boorsma
  • Roel Boorsma
  • Eric Halberstadt

Technician

  • Peter Nys (film)

Production Film

  • Carry Hendriks
  • Eva van den Hove

Set design

  • Vorm en Decor (film)

Producer

  • Wunderbaum

coproduction

  • Rotterdamse Schouwburg

in cooperation with

  • KVS
  • Brussel

Special thanks to

  • Rail Gourmet
  • het Vlaams-Nederlands Huis deBuren
  • Kim Clarke
  • Bas Heijne
  • Maria Heiden
  • Dick Molenaar
  • Hein van Raak
  • Rail Gourmet Belgium
  • Marleen Scholten
  • Koen Tachelet
  • Henk Zoeteman

Photography

  • Christoph Ketels (scenes)
  • Thomas Dhanens (film)
  • Maarten van Otterdijk

Past dates

  • September 2010

    01

    Theater Festival
    Antwerpen (BE)

  • August 2010

    31

    Theater Festival
    Antwerpen (BE)

  • May 2010

    27

    Theater de Veste
    Delft (NL)

  • May 2010

    26

    Theater de Veste
    Delft (NL)

  • April 2010

    03

    Frascati
    Amsterdam (NL)

  • April 2010

    02

    Frascati
    Amsterdam (NL)

  • April 2010

    01

    Frascati
    Amsterdam (NL)

  • March 2010

    31

    Frascati
    Amsterdam (NL)

  • March 2010

    30

    Frascati
    Amsterdam (NL)

  • March 2010

    27

    Monty
    Antwerpen (BE)

  • March 2010

    26

    Monty
    Antwerpen (BE)

  • March 2010

    25

    Monty
    Antwerpen (BE)

  • March 2010

    24

    Monty
    Antwerpen (BE)

  • March 2010

    13

    KVS
    Brussel (BE)

  • March 2010

    12

    KVS
    Brussel (BE)

  • March 2010

    11

    KVS
    Brussel (BE)

  • March 2010

    10

    KVS
    Brussel (BE)

  • March 2010

    02

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • February 2010

    28

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • February 2010

    26

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • February 2010

    25

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • February 2010

    20

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • February 2010

    19

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • February 2010

    18

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • February 2010

    17

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg
    Rotterdam (NL)

“The great acting is aided by working with a writer.”

“It is guaranteed that you walk out with a gram more happiness that night.”
De Morgen

“Beautiful timid and full of dreamy poetry interpret Jansen and Inhibitors fulfilling their dreams . It’s whether they travel through a timeless space , forever linked.”
NRC Handelsblad

“Rail Gourmet is a triptych, whose individual parts as trains are coupled together, and finally once again become loose. Ingeniously written as a mosaic, and beautifully played .”
De Volkskrant

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