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In what promises to be an intimate show, despite the larger Stage 2 location, Pim & Theo is an immersive production about culture, identity and tolerance.

Focusing on the opposing, but oddly linked, real lives of Dutch politician and sociologist Pim Fortuyn and Dutch director and screenwriter Theo van Gogh, who were both murdered in public by extremists, the award-winning theatre makers from Cambridge-based performing arts group New International Encounter, Denmark’s Odsherred Teater and Helsinki’s independent arts centre Korjaamo Cultural Factory explore the limits of tolerance and freedom of speech, in a bloody, occasionally violent and often amusing production.

Unafraid of making their political views known, the lives (and deaths) of these two key Dutch political figures frame a debate about society and Europe’s current existential turmoil which is highly topical. Pim & Theo explores issues around multiculturalism, democratic concepts of tolerance and freedom of speech, inviting the audience into the performance in an installed exhibition which is also supported by online materials and workshops, offering a unique opportunity to be fully involved in a though-provoking piece.

Pim & Theo is at Northern Stage, Newcastle from Thursday 12th until Saturday 14th May.

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