The Rebel Alliance have been irregular visitors to Wellington over the last ten years. Their very first production The Orderly by Michael Downey played at BATS as part of the 2007 Fringe Festival and the year after they returned to BATS with Sophie Dingemans’ Grace. Their last visit was in 2012 with Anders Falstie-Jensen’s Standstill, featuring a hardworking cast on 3 treadmills, also at BATS. Manifesto 2083 marks their Circa debut!
Productions by The Rebel Alliance have almost always been based or inspired by true events and Manifesto 2083 is no exception. Originally created by Danish theatre makers Christian Lollike, Olaf Højgaard and Tanja Diers in response to right wing extremist Anders Breivik’s attack on the Norwegian Parliament and subsequent killing spree on the island of Utøya the play became hugely controversial when the company announced their intent to create a play based on Breivik’s manifesto a mere month after the attack. It premiered in 2012 and shortly after toured to Norway.
The play can almost be described as half Ted talk half performance piece in the way it lays out ideas that drove Breivik, and demonstrates with disturbing realism the ease with which one can be radicalized online.
The Rebel Alliance is the only company outside of Europe that has been given permission to perform this intense piece of Scandinavian theatre.
Part of the 2017 Fringe Festival
13 – 18 Feb
Mon – Sat 7.30pm