Dublin Theatre Festival

Toneelgroep Amsterdam

La Voix Humaine

By Jean Cocteau

Venue Samuel Beckett Theatre
Date 29 Sep - 1 Oct 7.30pm
2 Oct 1.00pm
Duration 1hr 10mins (no interval)

Directed by Ivo van Hove
Cast Halina Reijn

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The world renowned director Ivo van Hove makes his long-awaited Festival debut with Holland’s largest repertory company Toneelgroep Amsterdam, in this inspired and shattering vision of Jean Cocteau’s seminal text, La Voix Humaine.

This celebrated story of abandonment, grief and heartbreak centres on a desperate woman’s last phone call to an ex-lover. In Van Hove’s elegant production, the audience’s most voyeuristic impulses are skilfully manipulated to provide a fascinating insight into the chaotic unravelling of a passionate affair.

Central to the success of this stark, contemporary production is a tour-de-force performance by one of the Netherlands' most celebrated stage actresses, Halina Reijn, which earned her the Best Actress award at the Kontakt International Theatre Festival in Poland.

Performed in Dutch with English surtitles.

Courtesy of  M. Pierre Bergé, président of the Jean Cocteau Commission


TALKING THEATRE  Members of the company. Sept 29, Post-show 8.45pm (approx).

"This is a raw and unflinching portrait of human disintegration and it is all the more affecting for that."Irish Independent

"...ultimately, the whole enterprise rests on Reijn, whose performance is remarkable in any language." The Irish Times

"A spare, raw, enormously affecting production, brought to incisive life by Halina Reijn" The Village Voice