The Zigzag Kid 8+
I’m not a little kid any more. I’ve already been there. He shmueled me up. / Shmueled? – https://vimeo.com/154477384

Nono is almost thirteen. He is looking forward to his bar mitzvah because from then on the world will see him as a young adult. To celebrate this watershed event, his father is giving him a surprise trip. But the trip gets out of hand when he commits a series of crimes with master crook Felix and the police come after them. In–between all the adventures Nono discovers the true story about his late mother, who he has never known.

On the cusp between ‘childhood’ and ‘adulthood’, Nono roots around in his short past and in his father’s unaddressed emotions. His desire to uncover the truth is a plea for love and understanding. Laika and het nieuwstedelijk put their backs into this musical coming- of-age story.

“Wow, that’s brilliant”, I hear a boy aged about 12 say when, to his amazement, he finds himself not in a theatre but in a festive hall. The show is intended for him and his peers, but adults also derive recognizable and relativizing pleasure from the imaginary journey taken by Nono, a ‘zigzag kid’, a boy who might be described as ‘having a screw loose’.” www.theaterkrant.nl – February 5th 2016

“The Zigzag Kid exploits the colourful design, the humour in the play and the unashamed craving for emotion that is typical of Laika creations. But this play also derives much of its strength from the ingenious way in which the music is woven into the story. Once again Het nieuwstedelijk proved to be a dab hand at this.” Knack Focus – February 8th 2016

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Laika and het nieuwstedelijk  |  ADAPTED BY Roets&Vissers after David Grossman DIRECTOR Jo Roets CAST Esmé Bos, Lien De Graeve, Koen Jansen, Gert Jochems, Mattias Van de Vijver/Stijn Vervoort and Ortal Vriend MUSIC Esmé Bos, Ephraïm Cielen DESIGN Peter De Bie COSTUMES Inge Büscher, Jolene Diet DRAMATURGY Christophe Aussems MUSIC DRAMATURGY Adriaan Van Aken ARTISTIC ADVICE Mieke Versyp LIGHT AND SOUND Pieter Smet, Piet Van Deun, Rik Van Gysegem, Anton Van Haver
Tour dates
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February 2016
Hasselt
Th04/0213:30, 20:00 Premiere
Fr05/0213:30, 20:00
Brussel
Bronks 02 219 99 21
Su14/0215:00
Mo15/0210:30, 13:30
Tu16/0210:30, 14:00
March 2016
Antwerpen
De Studio 03 202 46 46
Tu01/0313:30
We02/0310:00
Th03/0310:00, 13:30
Fr04/0310:00, 13:30
Sa05/0315:00, 20:00
Su06/0315:00
August 2017
Tongeren
De Velinx 012 80 00 40
Sa12/0819:00
Su13/0815:00
Heerlen
Cultura Nova +31 (0)45 5716607
Sa19/0819:00
Su20/0814:00, 19:00
Mo21/0819:00
September 2017
Antwerpen
De Studio
het Oude Badhuis 03 202 46 46
Sa16/0919:00
Mo18/0910:00, 13:30
Tu19/0910:00, 13:30
Turnhout
De Warande 014 41 69 91
Sa23/0919:00
Mo25/0910:30, 13:45
Genk
Th28/0913:30
Fr29/0910:00, 13:30
Sa30/0920:15
October 2017
Brugge
Cultuurcentrum Brugge
Magdalenazaal 050 44 30 60
Mo02/1020:00
Tu03/1010:00, 14:00
Dilbeek
CC Westrand
Castelhof 02 466 20 30
Th12/1010:00, 13:30
Fr13/1013:30, 19:30
Sa14/1019:30
Leuven
30CC
OPEK 016 300 900
Su29/1015:00, 19:30
January 2018
Antwerpen
Tu02/0116:00
We03/0116:00
Th04/0116:00
Fr05/0116:00