The English countryside, 1943. Willie
and Peter, two of the seven children playing, are waging a ‘play war’. Together
with John and Raymond, they chase a squirrel, pull it out of a tree and kill
it: a first prey. Meanwhile, ‘Donald Duck’ falls prey to the cruel games of
Angela and Audrey, in a barn. The children are literally and figuratively playing
with fire. The boundary between playing, teasing, terrorizing and actual war
becomes ever more blurred, with these children as well. The fear and brutality
increases and it all ends very badly.
Originally, Blue Remembered Hills is a television play by Dennis
Potter (The Singing Detective, Lipstick on Your Collar,...) which is
often adapted for the stage. Here, De Roovers are searching for mechanisms that
tempt people to violence. The ‘great war’ is barely present, but does cast a
shadow onto the soul of the young people. They don’t behave less cruel or less
kind than other people.
Remembered Hills compels to a sustained reflection on war as a behavior, as a
perverse attitude. At the same time, the play by Dennis Potter tempts to play
with sheer fun.
Roovers adapted the 2003 theatre production into an onsite performance.
adaptation: de Roovers
set design: Stef Stessel
costume design: Karen De Wolf
pyrotechnics: Lieven Slabbinck / Divi-Divi Special Effects bvba
lighting, fire safety plan and pyrotechnics execution: Bert Vermeulen
music & sound effects: Eric Engels
actors 2010: Robby Cleiren/Günther Lesage, Sara De Bosschere,Veerle
Dobbelaere, Luc Nuyens, Koen De Graeve, Wouter Hendrickx, Valentijn
actors 2011: Robby Cleiren, Sara De Bosschere, Sofie Sente, Luc
Nuyens,Valentijn Dhaenens, Wouter Hendrickx, Adriaan Van den Hoof/Günther
actors TAZ#2013: Sara De Bosschere, Luc Nuyens, Sofie Sente, Günther
Lesage, Adriaan Van den Hoof, Wouter Hendrickx en Koen de Graeve
actors 2017: Robby Cleiren, Sara De Bosschere, Luc Nuyens, Sofie Sente, Günther Lesage, Wouter Hendrickx en Koen De Graeve