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The Night Watchman

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Every day at 5:00 p.m. on the dot, he cycles to work with a full thermos, two sandwiches and the daily newspaper. He settles in behind his panel of security monitors and gets to work, checking that everything is in order: no unsavory characters wandering the halls; doors all closed tight. When it appears that one stubborn door refuses to remain closed, he simply can’t contain his curiosity. In he goe

The Night Watchman is object theatre for the whole family full of unexpected twists in which everything that can go wrong does – well, almost everything. With no dialogue and an evocative soundtrack, there is all the more to see and hear. Live on stage and on large video screens, actor Noël van Santen wrestles with the world he’s gotten himself into. But how can you do that when the dimensions are all out of whack and the world you know is suddenly completely transformed?

“(…) this performance is thrilling, but not by really being that, but simply by suggestion, being extraordinarily funny without looking for a laugh, filled with action ánd tremendously static. The Night Watchman shows this daily grind of adults, mixes this with their daydreams, and appeals to the children’s fantasy. All without words. You would almost go silent from it all.” – Theaterkrant ****

Credits
directed by Ramses Graus | music by Gábor Tarján | video by Bart Verhoeven | performed by Noël van Santen