De vrouw die de honden eten gaf

Het Zuidelijk Toneel
Thu 29 Sep - Fri 30 Sep

One of the most horrifying crimes in our collective memory: the Belgian case of Dutroux. What moved the woman who could have done something to prevent two children from starving and eventually dying in a basement to do nothing at all? A true crime on stage, about how Michelle Martin became the most despised woman in Belgium.

Please note, this performance will be in Dutch.

In this theatre adaptation of Kristien Hemmerechts' controversial novel 'De vrouw die de honden eten gaf', we discover shocking details from Martin's past and her relationship with 'the beast of Belgium'. In the book, that was published two years after the (conditional) release of Martin from prison, Hemmerechts tries to puts herself in Martin's shoes based on factual testimonies and documents, creating a profile for an apathic woman that, after a traumatic childhood and with a husband like Dutroux, still became mother of three children.

Theo d'Or award and Gouden Kalf winner Marie-Louise Stheins was fascinated by Hemmerechts' novel right from the start and decided she wanted to bring the story to the stage. In Julie van den Berghe, she found a director who dared to take on that challenge. And as Marie-Louise steps into the shoes of Michelle Martin, she gets under the spectator's skin and will definitely give you goose bumps.

We'll do everything in our power to make sure the shows can go on, but if one has to be cancelled, you'll receive an e-mail and refund.

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Regie & tekstbewerking: Julie Van den Berghe
Spel & tekstbewerking: Marie-Louise Stheins
Naar het boek van: Kristien Hemmerechts
Dramaturgisch advies: Piet Menu
Decorontwerp: Niek Kortekaas
Geluidsontwerp & muziek: Kwinten Mordijck
Techniek: Stan Bannier
Kostuumontwerp: Jolanda van de Ven
Bewegingscoach: Janni van Goor
Figurant & dans: Indy Struik
Foto: Bart Grietens