This “astonishingly assured” (The Guardian) drama comes to New Zealand following sell-out seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London’s National Theatre.
Based on the experiences of children
who lived through the 2004 Beslan school hostage crisis, Us/Them – the
break-out hit show from Brussels youth theatre company BRONKS – portrays
extreme events but through a child’s eyes. Despite the potentially harrowing
subject matter, the experience is naively wonderful and unsettlingly funny.
Two children sketch a map onto a wide bare stage. They are
intent, urgent. It has to be accurate. Part of the staggering achievement of Us/Them
is that its two performers are able to start with a simple physical act of
abstract map-making and open up an entire world of the mind. Thrilling, often
humorous and with a deft lightness of touch.