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    It finds its own, inventive way to engender understanding of someone from a very different world, to take you on their journey: which is one thing, surely, that theatre should try to do.

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    Dries Verhoeven

    With direct reference to the 2004 tsunami, Dries links audiences in London live with actors and artists 8000km away in Sri Lanka through internet chat, video links and emails, raising questions about the real impact of disaster aid.

    Dries verhoeven, an award-winning dutch theatre-maker, set-up an internet café outside the National Theatre where audiences sat and connected with performers in Sri Lanka. Audiences were touched by poignant contrasts between themselves and the Sri Lankans and heard personal accounts about the impact of the tsunami.


    subtly provocative.

    Observer

    A piece that goes some way to disproving the notion that the death of one person is a tragedy and the death of many is a mere statistic.

    ★ ★ ★

    The Guardian

    Dutch director Dries Verhoeven is a visionary athlete who has taken an extraordinary imaginative leap.

    The Observer

    It finds its own, inventive way to engender understanding of someone from a very different world, to take you on their journey: which is one thing, surely, that theatre should try to do.

    Holly Williams, Blogger

    It was magical. An immediate connection with someone on the other side of the world.

    Audience member

    Supported by the EU Culture Programme, The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation and Sri Lanka Tourism.
    Main image by Dries Verhoeven
    Production shots by Tim Mitchell