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    Kids Press Play


    Purni Morell + Panelists

    LIFT presents Kids Press Play, a panel conversation celebrating young people taking centre stage and exploring the exhilaration and challenge of working with young people to create joyous, provocative theatre.

    Generously supported by the General Representation of the Government of Flanders and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Kids Press Play explores the phenomenal impact Flemish and Dutch theatre artists and companies – including CAMPO, Ontroerend Goed, HETPALEIS and Inne Goris – have had in changing our understanding of theatre for young people.


    Chaired by Purni Morell

    Artistic Director - Unicorn Theatre

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    Purni Morell is Artistic Director of the Unicorn and also works as a freelance director and translator, with work to date produced at the Finborough Theatre, by Speeltheater Holland, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Muziektheater Transparant, ‘t Arsenaal and Vlaamse Opera, Gent. Purni read History at Glasgow and on graduating became Literary Assistant at the National Theatre. She joined Berkeley Repertory Theater (California) as Literary Manager in 1998, and then took a break from theatre, working in environmental sustainability and development in Latin America and at Shelter in Glasgow. She returned to producing, setting up an independent production company, gryllus, to provide creative and logistical support to freelance Scottish artists. In 2007 she returned to the National as Head of Studio and joined the Unicorn in 2011.

    Lies Pauwels

    Theatre maker - Belgium

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    Lies Pauwels (born in 1968 in Ghent) is both a director and actor.
    She has worked closely with Alain Platel and Arne Sierens, and starred in the trilogy of plays that she created for the Victoria Theatre Company, Moeder en Kind (Mother and Child), Bernadetje  and Allemaal Indiaan (Everyone’s an Indian).
    Over the years she has acted in many other Victoria Theatre Company productions, including Wysiwyg, üBUNG, Poes Poes Poes (Cat Cat Cat), Aalst and Een vrouw die de horizon heeft bereikt (A Woman that has Reached the Horizon). She has also featured in plays by a range of well-known artists and theatre companies, such as De Enthousiasten, Stella Den Haag, Tg STAN, Theater Klara (CH), Het Toneelhuis, Dood Paard. She has worked with Johan Dehollander, Eric De Volder, Peter vanden Eede, Tom Van Dyck, Frank van Passel, Pol Heyvaert and many others.

    Tom Rummens

    Head of International Programme - HETPALEIS Belgium

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    Tom Rummens (born 1978) studied Philosophy at Ghent University and graduated in 2001. He became theatre critic for the newspaper De Morgen and cofounded Rekto:Verso, which became a leading periodical on arts and culture. In 2004 he started working for Victoria (now Campo) in Ghent where he was assisting Dirk Pauwels on several projects, such as De Bank. In 2008 he became programmer at Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond in Amsterdam. In 2013 he started working for HETPALEIS in Antwerp, being responsible for the (international) distribution. From the summer of 2016 onwards he becomes the artistic coördinator of HETPALEIS and, together with general director Els De Bodt, he will be responsible for the artistic direction of Flanders biggest theatre for children and young audiences. For the coming seasons they engaged renowned artists such as Simon De Vos, Kabinet K, De NWE Tijd, Lies Pauwels, Berlin, Abattor Fermé, Pieter De Buysser, Thomas Bellinck, Inne Goris, Alexandra Broeder and many others.   

    Pol Heyvaert

    Artistic Collaborator - Campo Arts Centre Belgium

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    Pol Heyvaert has a long-standing relationship with Victoria. He was the stage designer for several of their productions including “mother and child”(Alain Platel & Arne Sierens; 1994) and “Bernadetje” (1997) founded the Kung Fu collective where he made 2 shows with non professional teenagers. He directed en co-wrote “Aalst”, a play that was about the trial following a family drama in a small Flemish village, Aalst. The production has toured the world and is translated in many languages. Recently (2010) he made “Fuck my life” in Ireland, a play with 17 young people from Ireland about youth suicide and earlier this year he made “Girl X” for the National theatre of Scotland. Also in 2011 he directed and filmed a part of the 2many DJ’s project ‘Radio Soulwax’. Today Pol Heyvaert is part of the artistic staff of CAMPO.

    Floris van Delft

    Theatre Director - Netherlands

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    Floris van Delft is a Dutch theatre director and playwright. He has been working with several companies since 2004. Just recently he has started his own company and made a five-hour performance in a prison.
    His work ranges from site-specific projects to newly written plays for young audiences. Big themes from our daily (often political) reality, like privacy, justice and money are always the starting point. How to get the audience really involved with what is happening on stage, is the leading question in his research.
    With Maas theater en dans in Rotterdam he has been creating performances for youngsters since 2013. Last summer it was a 6 kilometers long performance about refugees and the Rotterdam harbor. With the audience on a boat and the actors walking / running on the quaysides.

    Jolanda Spoel

    Programmer - Maaspodium Netherlands

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    Jolanda Spoel (1973) studied acting and directing at HKU school of arts.
    She has been artistic director of a company called Rotterdams LEF!  based in Rotterdam the Netherlands. She was also founder of theatregroup DOX. Both companies were based on talent development of young people and up coming professionals. And for years she has been theatre programmer for Cosmic Theater in Amsterdam. Later she focused on making youth theatre and became artistic director of a company called Theatergroep Siberia.
    At the moment she is working as a member of the artistic staff, director and programmer with Maas theater en dans.

    Images below from:

    Before Your Very Eyes (Gob Squad / CAMPO) LIFT 2012

    Next Day (Philippe Quesne / CAMPO) LIFT 2014

    The Hamilton Complex (HETPALEIS) LIFT 2016

    Presented by LIFT and the Unicorn Theatre.
    Supported by the General Representation of the Government of Flanders and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands