A mad spectacle, an exaggerated mix of tear-jerkers, soundmix and playback shows… in short the sad ingredients of the Flemish 'chippy'-culture. Based on a play of 1895 by the Flemish playwright Nestor De Tière, Wild Lea can be characterised as a parochial parade of celebrities showing the mediocrity of our existence.
Bad taste rules in Wild Lea with its series of schmalzy pop songs and corny. The play launches an attack against the degeneration of our society and its foolishness… a grotesque blow-up of the artless world of Flemish media. Schmalzy pop songs are exemplary of this performance: attractive because one is able to sing along with it, but also reprehensible because of its stupid contents.
Premiere: 10/10/1991 – Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Ghent
Blauwe maandag Cie
cast: warre borgmans, stany crets, katelijne damen, vic de wachter, els dottermans, peter van den begin, lucas van den eynde, michel van dousselaere
text: nestor de tière
direction: luk perceval
scenography: katrin brack
dramaturgy: gommer van rousselt
light design: steve kemp
Els Dottermans wins the Theo d'Or (best female leading role) for her role in 'Wild Lea' and the production is selected for the Theaterfestival 1992.
"The result of this process was a real party for the actors because we realised it with our own creativity and enthusiasm. In this way we also realised our dream of being a theatre company." (LP in 1992)