Writer: Valentijn Dhaenens
Reviewer: John Roberts
Belgian theatre maker and performer Valentijn Dhaenens brings a timely and often haunting, soul searching, visual and aural meditation on the brutality of war to the Traverse as part of this year’s so far stunning programme.
Using testimony and transcripts from people affected by the sheer force and vice like grip war has, Dhaenens takes this multi-layered monologue and produces something that transcends a more traditional style of theatre. Dhaenens takes up the rôle of a nurse, looking after those who are suffering the physical affects of the war, by merging a visceral soundscape with clever video with which he interacts, the words come alive in a captivating soliloquy.
World War I brought a massive change to modern warfare, it’s the first time that killing had become industrialised and the horrors that have come about because of this change are still quite sadly a part of our everyday life, just look at a newspaper or watch the news on any day of the week to see that.
However whileSmallWarmay not give a direct call to action, you can’t help but be irrevocably changed and traumatised by the blisteringly graphic accounts brought forth in this tragic, horrific look into our past… And quite possibly our not to distant future.
Runs until24th August