Thu 27 Feb ’2020:30Pand P Grote Zaal
You turn eighteen. From here on out, you can drink alcohol, drive a car, and vote -- and your parents have no further say about it. At least, that's how it is for an eighteen-year-old who was born in the Netherlands. But if you have come here on your own as a refugee, the revelry is more restricted. In this case, you have roughly two options: recognition or illegality. In both cases, you are on your own. Achttien focuses in on an uncomfortable story that is told far too infrequently.
The protection you have as a refugee minor, whose applications for naturalization have been rejected, ends on the day you turn eighteen. You must then return to your country of origin or become an illegal immigrant. The legal refugee also remains in uncertainty.
Inspired by the stories of young refugees, both minors and 18 and above, both legal and illegal, director Bram Jansen and Bright O. Richards have created a performance about the darker side of turning eighteen among young refugees in Europe.
director Bram Jansen
Bright O. Richards is an actor and writer. He fled the civil war in Liberia in 1993. Richards went on a scholarship from the UAF to the theater academy in Arnhem. He then played in various productions and companies, including the Ro Theater.
Bram Jansen (1988) graduated in 2012 from the directing course at the Maastricht Theater Academy with Kijken naar Julie, a quirky study by Freule Julie van Strindberg. He also works as a director for Theater Oberhausen (Germany), Toneelgroep Maastricht and Schauspielhaus Zürich (Switzerland).