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  • Phobiarama

    (The Netherlands)

    Dries Verhoeven

    West Handyside Canopy, King's Cross

    'PHOBIARAMA IS NOT SUBTLE, BUT IT’S FULL OF EXHILARATING TWISTS AND TURNS.'

    Exeunt Magazine

    'PHOBIARAMA DEBUNKS THE MECHANICS OF FEAR AND POWER IN OUR SOCIETY IN A GRIPPING WAY.'

    ★ ★ ★ ★

    Trouw

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    Dutch theatre maker and visual artist Dries Verhoeven invites you to step on board his political ghost train in this immersive excursion into our contemporary culture of fear, bringing you face to face with the ever-increasing threats and paranoia engulfing a society obsessed with safety and perfection.

    Audience members will be taken through a tour of today’s angst-fuelling media landscape that’s so flawlessly exploited by politicians, terrorists, marketers and fake news. This 21st century theatrical haunted house comes to London for the first time following sell-out performances at festivals across Europe.

    Described by the Observer as a ‘visionary athlete who has taken an extraordinary imaginative leap’, Dries Verhoeven is a world-renowned artist who makes installations and performances highlighting the socio-political reality we live in. His work Life Streaming was presented at LIFT 2010.


    'JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU’RE SAFE THIS EARTH-SHATTERING PERFORMANCE INSTALLATION KNOCKS THE WIND EVEN FURTHER OUT OF YOU. BREATHTAKING!'

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    To Do List

    'STRIKINGLY UNUSUAL PERFORMANCE PIECE'

    The Stage

    'OFFERS AN INCREASINGLY PIERCING COMMENT ON THE WAY WE PLAY INTO THE HANDS OF THOSE INTENT ON EXPLOITING OUR FEAR'

    Lyn Gardner

    'HAUNTED HOUSE CONFRONTS COLLECTIVE FEARS'

    ★ ★ ★ ★

    TheaterKrant

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    Presented by LIFT, co-commissioned by Onassis Cultural Centre Athens and Holland Festival. Supported by King’s Cross, the Fonds Podiumkunsten and the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands.  An Imagine 2020 (2.0) project, supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. This production is part of Season for Change, a UK-wide programme of cultural responses celebrating the environment and inspiring urgent action on climate change. Image: Willem Popelier