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director ivo van hove
after édouard louis
duration 1:25
premiere 01 Jun 2020

The anger-soaked Who killed my father is written in the form a letter to his father. Louis found his inspiration in a visit he paid to his father after not seeing him for some time, finding him almost unrecognizable. The man had become ill and aged prematurely, the result of a life marked by alcohol, social deprivation, hard work, and an industrial accident.

Louis explains this to the elite, for whom politics is primarily an 'aesthetic issue': they engage in politics that has virtually no influence on their lives. The underclass, on the other hand, is devastated by cutbacks in benefits.

According to the French weekly L'Opinion, the book is read in the Élysée. Louis' diagnosis would align perfectly with Emmanuel Macron's. The writer himself sees it very differently. 'My book is against who you are and what you do,' he tweeted to Macron. 'I write to disgrace you.'


 'A gripping story about a father who, at the age of fifty, is a physical and mental wreck because of the hard work in the industrial world of northern France. It is both a furious indictment of the political elite and a son's declaration of love.

Édouard Louis also writes about how, as a young gay man, he was condemned as an outcast by his own workers' family.' Édouard Louis points the finger at ruthless capitalism and the political elite that makes the lower classes bear the brunt. With this wonderful material, director Ivo van Hove forges a monologue for leading actor Hans Kesting.'

'Hans Kesting overwhelms in theatrical version Who Killed My Father.' - NRC ★★★★

'Merciless and moving portrait.' - de Volkskrant ★★★★

'Powerful...This is unmissable theatre' - The Guardian ★★★★

'A tour de force' - The Telegraph ★★★★

'A delicately devastating piece' - Time Out ★★★★

'Hans Kesting’s brilliant physical performance anchors this gripping one-man show' - Evening Standard ★★★★

Hans Kesting has been nominated for the Louis d'Or for his role in Who Killed My Father.

The Dutch Theater Jury: 'With his crystal-clear, impressive playing, Hans Kesting shows himself to be one of the leading actors of the moment in Who has killed my father. Switching between different perspectives, Kesting reveals all the different manifestations of vulnerability.

The beauty is also in the moments when we not only look at the convincing characters, but we also see the actor behind them: a person of today who brings the challenges surrounding sexual identity into the limelight. Like a coming of age that has no end point in a human life. With this, Kesting shows the scope of excellent acting.'



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