The lion with the crooked eye is on his way to Europe – on an important mission: he is supposed to give God a letter from Anand. Anand is the 9-year-old boy who stitched the lion together in a factory in Bangladesh. Someday he’ll be a magician, the best magician in the whole world. To help this dream come true, someone is going to rent his mummy’s belly – then his family will be able to buy a house and he himself can go to school.
The lion’s journey takes us to children all over the world in all kinds of circumstances. And all of these children are strong, competent kids who brave adverse conditions and come up with creative, visionary solutions for themselves and others – real lionhearts
Selection committee statement excerpt:
“The heroes of this story are children who couldn’t be more different. With poetic ease, the ensemble lets us glimpse into the everyday lives of these children – with their optimism, their cunning and their courage.”
All over the world, people are suffering. In the face of so much agony, it is easy to get discouraged. But Anand doesn’t. He has written a letter. To God. In Europe. Because that is where God must live. And it doesn’t even matter that God doesn’t speak Bengali, since he can just use his smartphone to translate the letter. Of course he has a smartphone. After all, he is God.
Anand’s plan is just as simple as it is incredible and it sets the stage for a production that manages to make even the most absurd twist of events seem logical, as a cross-eyed stuffed lion becomes a witness to multiple heroes. The heroes of this story are children who couldn’t be more different. With poetic ease, the ensemble lets us glimpse into the everyday lives of these children – with their optimism, their cunning and their courage. The characters play their way from the stage directly into our hearts. It makes us want to sit down on the shelf next to this lion and see what he sees, hear what he hears and share in the excitement – to simply be present, so as not to miss out on the next big marvel.
Consol Theater is part of the “CONSOL cultural centre” located on the site of a former coal mine in Gelsenkirchen-Bismarck. Since opening its doors in 2001, the theatre has become a lively institution responsible for the cultural education and social involvement of people spanning a wide range of ages and backgrounds. Its repertoire primarily focuses on new plays for children and teens.
public | 10+
Consol Theater Gelsenkirchen