Wed 03.03.2021 - Thu 04.03.2021

The One (et demi) Man Show


What does being a man mean today? The question sounds simple and straightforward but the answer is complicated. Molenbeek-based theatre company Ras El Hanout has a reputation for engaging productions that address social questions with a big dose of humour and light-heartedness. This time they put various ways of being a man under the microscope. 

Who today knows what a man is or should be? To what extent are gender roles determined by society and culture? What do we do about this binary picture, in which some cultures are painted as inherently misogynist and others as paragons of gender equality? In this production, set up like a infotainment show, the actor Salim Haouach questions not only his own preconceptions about being a man, but also the audience’s. 

Before rehearsals began, the creators held a series of workshops under the leadership of sexologist, couples-therapist and midwife Zina Hamzaoui. The experiences and reflections of those who took part feed into this production. The text is written by Youness Mernissi, a journalist and multiple-times Belgian slam poetry champion. Social worker Bie Van Craeynest uses her relevant background to oversee the writing process. KVS face Pitcho Womba Konga, whose previous work includes the multidisciplinary Kuzikiliza and Fire Will Become Ashes, But Not Now directs. 

Ras El Hanout was formed ten years ago by a group of friends from Brussels who believe in theatre as a means of empowerment and dialogue. Since then, the company, under artistic direction of Salim Haouach, has become resident in its own space in the heart of Molenbeek. They tour several shows each year, and in the past decade have made more than 30 productions, staged 360 performances and reached over 38,000 people. Every year around four hundred 16-35-year-olds take part in their workshops. 


MET / AVEC / WITH Salim Haouach REGIE / MISE EN SCÈNE / DIRECTION Pitcho Womba Konga EEN CREATIE VAN / UNE CRÉATION DE / CREATED BY Salim Haouach, Pitcho Womba Konga, Youness Mernissi ADVIES / CONSEILS / ADVICE Zina Hamzaoui, Bie Vancraeynest PRODUCTIE / PRODUCTION Ras El Hanout MET DE STEUN VAN / AVEC LE SOUTIEN DE / WITH THE SUPPORT OF Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Commission Communautaire Française, Centre Culturel des Riches-Claires
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