What does good works and charity mean in the 21st century?
For half a century, Anoek Nuyens’ great aunt ran the charity Auxilium (Latin for ‘help’). Since its establishment in the 1960s, the foundation has provided financial support to various small-scale medical projects in Africa. Now that her great aunt has reached the age of 97, she thinks it’s time to hand over to a new generation, and is passing on responsibility for the foundation to Anoek. But how to proceed? Do we still even believe in development cooperation in 2015? To find answers, Anoek sets off for Africa where she finds tragic personal stories, but also new voices.
Help by theatre-maker Anoek Nuyens is a journalistic theatre project about a heritage that forces us to think about a new mission, responsibility and charitableness in an era in which the individual rules supreme.
★★★★ “A clear, committed story about a good cause.” – Parool
★★★★ “Anoek Nuyens doesn’t send you home empty-handed.” – Theaterkrant
Join us for a post-show discussion with Prof. James Thompson of University of Manchester and In Place of War, to reflect on on the contentious role of European aid to Africa.