Belgian Play “A Man Standing” from Jean-Michel Van den Eeyden and Jean-Marc Mahy at Edingburgh International Festival (03 > 14/08)

United Kingdom of Belgium, now in Scotland !
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Jean-Michel Van den Eeyden / Jean-Marc Mahy / Stephane Pirard

Jean-Marc Mahy entered prison at the age of seventeen. He spent nearly 20 years detained, three of them in solitary confinement. On stage with performer Stephane Pirard, Jean-Marc describes the imprisonment, humiliation, isolation and madness that was to come… A Man Standing is the true story of a man fighting for his life, an honest and passionate testimony made by Jean-Marc with the aim to stop other young men from following his path.A complex ode to hope and courage that drives us to remain standing, against all odds.
Teaser here !


A bold and powerful play..It’s not an easy thing to do, since its all secret. Solitary is what we in the US call a “black site”. It is a hidden world. No amount of monologue, or phony recreations will do the trick of breaking it into open view. This is different. Finally a taste of the real thing.

James Ridgeway,

If I have any criticism, it is the account is too short. I wanted to know a lot more about this man and his journey. But for all that, it is a dramatic, highly charged tale, well told .

Eric Allison, The Guardian’s prisons correspondent 

Book now !
 ABOUT…  Where ? 
Summerhall (Old Lab)
1 Summerhall
Edinburgh – EH9 1PL
Exclusive preview  3rd August, 17:25
Show  from the 5th untill 14th August, 17:25
Summerhall +44 (0)131 560 1580 /
Box Office Enquiries: +44 (0)131 560 1581
Email Enquiries: / booking (UK) :
Sarah de Ganck / / +32 (0)496 26 08 32

Conception, direction & text Jean-Michel Van den Eeyden, based on the true story of Jean-Marc Mahy | WithJean-Marc Mahy and Stéphane Pirard | Assistant Nicolas Mispelaere | Lights Christian François l Video Kurt D’Haeseleer | Sound creation Nicolas Mispelaere | Stage management Christian François | Scenography Jean-Luc Moerman | Scenery Jean-Luc Moerman et Olivier Donnet | Graphics/scenery Luciana Santin Poletto |Psychological support Françoise Derot I Translation Philip Crispin l Booking (UK) Sarah de Ganck / Art Happens I Photos 1 © Luciana Poletto / 2 © Leslie Artamonow I Production L’ANCRE (Charleroi) | CoproductionThéâtre National/Bruxelles, Maison de la Culture Tournai | Support La Cité, Maison de Théâtre & Compagnie (Marseille) | Thanks to GSARA, B.P.S.22., Théâtre de la Guimbarde. 

 A Man Standing” is featured in the “Ready to Rumble” Belgian Focus 

A Man Standing wouldn’t have make it this far without and the precious help of Catherine Claes and Valérie Regout, the trust of privates sponsors, and the initiative of the agency Wallonia-Brussels Theatre/Dance with the support of Wallonia-Brussels International and the Walloon Agency,


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Prison activist and editor. Luk Vervaet is the author of « Le making-of d'Anders B. Breivik » (Egalité=Editions, 2012), « Nizar Trabelsi : Guantanamo chez nous ? (Editions Antidote, 2014), " De grote stap achterwaarts, teksten over straf en gevangenis" (Antidote & PTTL, 2016). He is co-author of « Kim et Ken, mes enfants disparus » (Editions Luc Pire, 2006), « Condamnés à la prison? Ecrits sur un monde caché » (Revue Contradictions, 2008) et « L'affaire Luk Vervaet : écrits sur un interdit professionnel » (Revue Contradictions, 2011).

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