Shanya, ‘a lost little girl’, crashes into Justine and Ramses world, brandishing a chainsaw, and enrols them as friends forever. She then catapults them into a dark terrain of vermin- infested worlds and mortuary visits. Inducting them to the idea of the adult as ‘the enemy’ isn’t difficult and soon they are all engrossed in imagining ways to unsettle their foe. Then they’re in the shopping centre taking the little boy. They tell their accounts of what happened even though they don’t think we’ll believe them, because we think we know what happened, because we’ve seen it on TV. Bulger vividly explores the darker side of childhood and deliberately blends fact and fiction.
Klaas Tindemans was born in Antwerp in 1959. He has edited publications on both the philosophy of law and youth theatre in Brussels and has translated Euripides’ Medea. Bulger won the Berlin Theatertreffen Prize for Best New Play 2008.