In September 2004, 1,200 schoolchildren, their parents and teachers were held hostage by a group of armed terrorists in the small Russian town of Beslan. It lasted three days and ended in utter chaos.
Us/Them retells this story through the eyes of two (fictional) children. But it is not a straightforward account of this terrible tragedy. It’s a theatre production about the entirely individual way children cope with extreme situations. With humour, a matter-of-fact approach and dynamic physical storytelling, Us/Them strikingly shows that for children, things that seem incomprehensible in adults’ eyes have their own logic.
“This remarkable piece of theatre is playful, surprisingly and painfully funny as well as moving. It makes you question the way such events are usually presented and the way myths are constructed.” The Guardian
In association with Theatre Royal Plymouth, Big in Belgium and Summerhall.