FEWER EMERGENCIES (2009)
Things are looking up. Fewer rocks are thrown!
British playwright Martin Crimp's FEWER EMERGENCIES is a harsh and poetical trilogy using gruesome humour to depict a society that is about to collapse. Three nameless characters talk about all the terrible things that go on in the world today. But still–things are looking up. After all, the world is also filled with decent people picking up the droppings from their dogs and vacuum-cleaning their cars. The dialogue jumps from character to character as if it was a brainstorm session. Together they compose their stories, correct each other and submit counter-suggestions.
We hear about the happiness-seeking woman who stays in her marriage, because she is pregnant. We hear about the man who has everything, but goes berserk in a bloody rage and commits mass-murder at a school. We hear about the now de-Mexicanized suburb where nice Chinese and Greeks are moving in–no more burning mattresses and strangled babies.
Photo: Thomas Petri
In Crimp's three stories prosperity is growing, but welfare is threatened. In the name of safety and peace of mind street fights are called emergencies. Family and home is supposed to be bliss, but it seems more like an escape. Maybe a stray bullet could penetrate this otherwise so secure bulwark.
The whole thing is just something the three characters make up as they go along–a show. Crimp's form questions whether it is possible to really become somebody else. Do other people even exist independently of our projections? Who are we and will we ever be able to feel safe?
And yet the mantra remains: Things are looking up!
Text: Martin Crimp
Translation: Karen-Maria Bille
Direction/Set design: Jacob F. Schokking
Composer: F.M. Einheit
Steen Stig Lommer
Light: Peter Plesner
Sound: Turpin Napoleon Djurhuus
Video: Jakob Thorbek
Producer: Traudi Palsbøll
Produced by Holland House in collaboration with CaféTeatret