Dealing with Clair // Martin Crimp

Following the unanimous acclaim for her production of Stupid Fucking Bird last season, director Anne Simon now tackles an early play by one of Britain’s most exciting playwrights to emerge in the 1980s: Martin Crimp. Dealing with Clair appears to be a simple study of the real estate business. However, it ultimately turns out to be about the psychological violence of a white-collar world where money talks, the moral ambivalence of the middle classes and about men’s abuse and belittlement of women. Crimp’s portrayal of a dog-eat-dog world might be even more accurate today than it was 30 years ago when the play was originally written.

The yuppie couple Mike and Liz are anxious to sell their London house. They tell their estate agent Clair that they want to act honourably and accept the first offer at their already inflated asking price. But then James enters the scene, an enigmatic picture-dealer with a higher cash bid and unfathomable motives. Quickly all ethical notions go out of the window. Clair is caught in the middle of the couple’s double dealings and receives slightly too much attention by both the male seller and the potential buyer …

Crimp excels at dissecting how language can camouflage people’s baser actions: it conceals the loss of ethical standards and reveals the greed, sex and crime that reign right underneath the surface. Together with their cast, Anne Simon and her collaborator Tom Dockal will explore, in a detective-like manner, the possible realities of a murder that might not even have happened. For the second time they will team up with set and costume designer Clio Van Aerde. In Ballardian fashion, the set will become yet another intrusive character in a creepy and mysteriously hostile world of appearances and equivocation.

Introduction to the play by Janine Goedert at 7.30pm before every performance (EN).
Meet the artistic team after the second performance
Adultes 20 €, 15 €, 8 € / Jeunes 8 € / Kulturpass bienvenu

Lieu: Théâtre des Capucins

Mardi 26 NOVEMBRE 2019 à 20h00
Jeudi 28 NOVEMBRE 2019 à 20h00
Mardi 3 DÉCEMBRE 2019 à 20h00
Mercredi 4 DÉCEMBRE 2019 à 20h00
Samedi 7 DÉCEMBRE 2019 à 20h00