Us/Them: Audience Reactions

An exceptional reaction to Children’s Theatre about the 2004 Chechen terrorist attack in North Ossetia, Russia.

Photo Credit: FKPH

In 2004, Chechen terrorists held 1,200 people captive in a school in North Ossetia, Russia. By the end of the ordeal 385 people, mostly children, were dead. This captivating production of Us/Them was produced by Theatre company, BRONKS, and was written and directed by Brussels-based actor, writer and teacher, Carly Wijs. It’s a playful yet moving re-telling of those tragic events through the eyes of two Children.

Although created for Children, Us/Them is an extraordinarily mature show that teaches vital lessons on the manipulation of truth, thereby encouraging Young People to question what they are told.

In the following video (2 minutes), we hear some of the audience reactions after a performance at the ASSITEJ Cradle of Creativity:

Victoria is a Theatre-Maker with experience in Theatre-in-Education, Directing, Acting and creating Community Theatre. She is passionate about all aspects of Theatre and its ability to enact positive change. Victoria has been involved in many creative projects across the UK, and is interested in Community Performance practice around the world. Recent projects in the UK include: facilitating a project with 20/20 Youth theatre with LL/D teenagers for Reading Rep, helping to devise and perform interactive shows for children with Chickenshed’s Tales from the Shed programme, and teaching Drama in Southwark Inclusive Learning Service (SILS) for children who have been excluded from mainstream school.