Sonntag, 01. August 2021

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Nathan Vecht

vechtNathan Vecht was born in the Netherlands in Haarlem in 1977. He studied architecture at the Polytechnic University Delft and began performing in cabaret shows, which paved his way to the theatre. In 2002, he won the Camaretten Cabaret festival together with Ruben Nicolai as the duo "Nathan & Ruben". He then gained recognition as playwright with "Woningwood" (Flat Emergency) in 2007. His play "Lot" was awarded a prize at the one-actor competition at the Theatre De Engelenbak in April 2009.

Being based on his idols, Woody Allen, Neil Labute and Ayckbourn and of course influenced by his time working in comedy, Vecht's plays are based on witty dialogues and the comical view of everyday life and its pitfalls. Vecht subtitles his play Cycling for Malawi a tragic comedy. It can be fundamentally understood as a caustic depiction of society: Characters who have a pronounced lack of self-confidence bathe in charity.

A detailed profile of the play by Simone Kaempf is published. Journalist Simon van den Berg explains the relation between contemporary drama and stage direction in his background report on the theatrical landscape of the Netherlands. And here you can hear (and see) Nathan Vecht reading from his play.

(photo copyright: Theatre of Osnabrück)