Welcome in my backyard

No flight path over my house, no asylum center next door. But I do want to reach my vacation destination as soon as possible, and of course those poor little nappies need to be taken care of. Only preferably not here, in my backyard I want to sunbathe undisturbed.

The young theater collective Wunderbaum parries the expression “not in my backyard” with “Welcome in my backyard,” a theater performance about altruism and egoism, about and with refugees. It could be yet another anti-Vlaams Belang pamphlet. It is, but the motives of the solidary left are also stripped away here.

Liv Laveyne in De Morgen about Welcome in my backyard

By and with

  • Walter Bart
  • Matijs Jansen
  • Maartje Remmers
  • Marleen Scholten

(Live) music

  • Oleg Fateev

Design

  • Maarten van Otterdijk

Past dates

  • June 2005

    09

    Voskenslaan 38
    Gent (BE)

  • June 2005

    08

    Voskenslaan 38
    Gent (BE)

  • June 2005

    07

    Voskenslaan 38
    Gent (BE)

  • May 2005

    28

    Zaagmolenkade 18
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • May 2005

    27

    Zaagmolenkade 18
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • May 2005

    26

    Zaagmolenkade 18
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • May 2005

    25

    Zaagmolenkade 18
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • May 2005

    24

    Zaagmolenkade 18
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • May 2005

    22

    Zaagmolenkade 18
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • May 2005

    21

    Zaagmolenkade 18
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • May 2005

    20

    Zaagmolenkade 18
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • May 2005

    19

    Zaagmolenkade 18
    Rotterdam (NL)

” ”Fleeing makes you hungry doesn’t it?” actress Maartje Remmers asks a little brown girl with pigtails who is chewing heavily. The girl’s mother is sitting in the garden. She sits there with another dozen or so asylum seekers and looks coldly insidw through the window, where the members of Wunderbaum are rummaging around
[….]
humorous winks, make Welcome in my Backyard enjoyable. With so many people on stage, something is also happening all the time, as if it were reality TV. Cookies are baked, there is rapping and dancing, and when two asylum seekers get sick they get to sleep in Scholten’s bed, something that makes Walter Bart even more unhappy. Thus the performance undulates over the bumps that are the result of living with strangers.”
Jowi Schmitz (NRC Handelsblad)

“And then there is the girl who is fascinated by other cultures, especially men from other cultures. Helping asylum seekers she finds as interesting as shopping. More idealistic is the fourth resident, a man who genuinely wants to do good, but is essentially too sensitive. Time after time he bursts into tears.

Walter Bart: “All are balancing between curiousness and fear. They want to be introduced to the new, but are also afraid of losing what they have.”
Annemiek Veelenturf (Rotterdams Dagblad)

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