The question is not: if, but: when. (Nico Boon)

The question is not: if, but: when. is an absurdist reworking of the Oresteia of Aeschylus, the classic trilogy about war, blood feuds and revenge. This version doesn't stick to the story line, nor does it keeps the seriousness of the original Greek piece. What else did you expect from a cast including Geert Van Rampelberg (Olympique Dramatique) and Wouter Hendrickx (Witse, The Misfortunates, Breath, Cordon among others)?

Four officers, who happen to be family, wait in a posh villa in an upmarket suburb for news of a war that is going on on the other side of the world (they don't know exactly in which country). Awaiting the return of their warring compatriots, they try to keep the machine of daily life running: they swim in the outdoor pool, they eat organic food, they try to keep in shape. Day after day they also accurately jot down the statistics of the massacres.

Yet slowly they come to realise that the crises that happen aren't happening by accident and that the disasters they carefully note in their books will never pass. Greek tragedy plays out in the heart of this civil servant family: who is manipulating whom, and who uses the threat of a perpetual war as an excuse to conceal a much more secret, internal abomination?

Mythical vindictiveness meets Hitchcock meets bureaucratic slapstick.

text: Nico Boon I director: Femke Heijens, Nico Boon I with: Geert Van Rampelberg Wouter Hendrickx, two actresses (tbc) I production: Mrs.& Mrs. Fox I in collaboration with: Monty (BE)

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