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  • The Hamilton Complex

    (Flanders, Belgium)

    By HETPALEIS, directed by Lies Pauwels

    Unicorn Theatre

    Thirteen girls reveal what it’s like to be on the precipice between youthful innocence and adult sexuality in this exquisitely chaotic journey into the mind of a 13 year old.

     

    Charity, Prudence, Destiny and the rest of their crew exchange horror stories, sing and dance to music from Joan Baez to hip hop and Les Choristes. They talk, rebel, flirt and play. They demand your attention and test your boundaries as they drag you from one shocking image to the next, all the while provocatively flicking their lashes at the adult world they are fated to inherit.


    In short, it's stunning. Funny. Uneasy. Alarming. Affirming. Disarming and difficult. A piece that stands firm and holds our gaze. Theatre that treats us like grown-ups.

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    What's On Stage

    it’s also touching to the point of tear-jearking to be transported into the confusion of early adolescence: it is beautiful to be so uncertain, to be open to so many possibilities, to let the truth in.

    ★ ★ ★ ★

    Culture Whisper

    Reviews

    What's On Stage

    ★★★★★

    The Stage

    ★★★★

    Everything Theatre

    ★★★★★

    Culture Whisper

    ★★★★

    Female Arts

    ★★★★★

    The Hamilton Complex isn’t for pussies; Pauwels peppers her nostalgic fantasy with juicy irony and social criticism

    The Standard

    The Hamilton Complex is presented by LIFT and the Unicorn Theatre.
    Supported  by the Government of Flanders.
    Special thanks to LEON.
    Image — Fred Debrock
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