World Without Us

Ontroerend Goed in co-production with Arts Centre Vooruit Ghent, Theatre Royal Plymouth & Richard Jordan Productions

World Without Us



Thursday 10 - Saturday 26 November 2016 Download Calendar

The Drum


We could hardly imagine it: no mortgages, no knitted scarves, no swimming pools, no butterfly strokes and no honey kept in glass jars. Animals would no longer be stuffed, skyscrapers no longer be built. There would be no more suicide and no more mathematics. No more talk about the old days, about what’s possible. There would be no more memories, no more words, no more lists.

We could hardly imagine it. It would never get this far. We’d find a solution. A world without us.

Forming the final part to an epic trilogy that began with A History of Everything (2012) and Are we not drawn onward to new erA (2015), World Without Us returns to Plymouth following huge success at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it received a prestigious Fringe First Award.

Performed by Valentijn Dhaenens (BigMouth, SmallWar, Fight Night) and Karolien De Bleser (Sirens, A History of Everything, Under the Influence) World Without Us is our 9th co-production with the internationally acclaimed Ontroerend Goed: one of the most dynamic, innovative and exciting theatre companies in the world.

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The story is compelling, inventively written and implacably delivered.


World Without Us is a brilliant conception – but more, it is realised in a beautiful form. Everything about this piece is fine-tuned, perfectly crafted. The scenography looks simple – which of course means it is cleverly and carefully constructed…

Some have experienced this show as a kind of wishful dream of a world no longer troubled by humanity’s destructive presence. To me, though, it seems more like a profound, moving elegy for consciousness itself, the daily miracle of perception and retelling through which we live.


To listen is to drift through space and time; a deeply meditative experience.


This is a beautiful piece of writing. It’s spare, evocative and lyrical.

Devriendt once said the reason Ontroerend Goed existed was “to show how your view of the world is mostly a projection of your own inner world”. For those with the patience and curiosity to stay the course, they’ve quietly achieved that here.


Ontroerend Goed’s daring show conjures the image of an empty world and concentrates the mind on the fragility of human existence.