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Nine years after date SKaGeN resumed their graduation project, which they’d made under the guidance of theatre maker Peter van den Eede (De Koe). The title, IO (to be read as the binary numbers 1 and 0), refers to the biotope in which this comedy is set: an environment in which human emotions and actions are analysed in all their measurable components. The non-measurable is, however, creeping back through a fascinating back door.
The play is set in a brightly lit room of what turns out to be a hospital. Budge does his Tai Chi exercises while trying to talk to Wyatt, with little result. They are soon visited by fellow patients. Or are they members of the medical staff? In any case they seem to come from the neighbouring psychiatric wing. But there is doubt about everything and everyone. Is anyone what he claims to be...?
In a tour de force performance, Valentijn Dhaenens pays tribute to 2,500 years of oration. Ingeniously weaving together fragments of seminal speeches from not only the Grand Inquisitor and Socrates to Mohammed Ali and Osama Bin Laden, Bigmouth shows that the tricks of rhetoric have hardly changed.