Mariaberg Community Theatre

Europe, The Netherlands
Art discipline: Theater
Participated in ICAF in: 2014

Buurttheater Mariaberg (BMT) is Maastricht’s pioneering force in the field of 'personal documentary theatre'. The participants come up with the social and personal themes the performances will be about, and thus decide the content of the productions. A production takes place under the guidance of a professional social worker, a theatre maker and a team of young theatre designers. The actual performance of the artistic design and the organisation of the performances themselves are in hands of the community.

BTM wants to raise awareness about social en personal problems and shape them in unusual ways. The participants are of all age groups en receive actingtraining, engage in conversation and are being interviewed. The theatre maker and social worker write everything down and together with the community cut and paste it in the form of a theatre script.     

At ICAF-6 BMT plays the physical and absurdist production ‘Drei, twie, ein, veuls diech al gèt?’ It has been collectively created by an inter-generational group of residents from the Mariaberg neighbourhood in the southern city of Maastricht. Based on interviews and improvisations, the play tackles such delicate themes as alcoholism, abuse, school, ageing, loneliness, opportunities, traditions, and love in a visually attractive show that literally and figuratively moves. In this show, the cast, which ranges in age between 12 and 80, wanders from past to present. Do these people want to move forward or backwards? They each get lost in their own web of memories and desires and search for answers to all these important questions. But what do they remember? And what do they wish for?