Much is at stake for those who’ve just been caught in the act: either a judgement will be passed or they’ll have a lucky escape.

From the creators of BigMouth and Smallwar (Festival 2014), and inspired by the documentaries of award-winning Magnum photographer Raymond Depardon, Pardon / In Cuffs unravels the complex relationship between culprit and judge.

Through a series of tense exchanges on one side sits a criminal: fighting, lying, begging. On the other side, a public prosecutor in their nightly routine: representing society, reaching verdicts. A story of ‘little people’ clashing with massive structures.

SkaGeN… a distinct and unusual voice in European theatre.“ **** Daily Telegraph

PARDON / IN CUFFS offers ample food for thought, is consistent and the acting is delightful. This tiny gem reminds us that lady luck does not smile on everyone in today’s society.“ Cutting Edge


Concept & Performance:

Valentijn Dhaenens, Korneel Hamers, Clara van den Broek

Light & Sound Design:

Jeroen Wuyts

Costume Design: 

Barbara De Laere

Set design:


General Manager: 

Korneel Hamers (orig.: Saskia Liénard)


SKaGeN and Richard Jordan Productions, Theatre Royal Plymouth. With the support of Villanella / DEStudio

With the support of the Flemish authorities.