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Yellow. The Sorrows of Belgium II: Rex

NTGent, Luk Perceval

Acclaimed director Luk Perceval tackles the Flemish collaboration during World War II.
In The Black - Yellow - Red Trilogy: A Journey into Europe's Heart of Darkness, Luk Perceval, resident director at NTGent, zooms in on three dark chapters in Belgium’s past. In part two, Yellow, he looks back on the Flemish collaboration during the Second World War on the basis of a new play by Peter van Kraaij, mixed with other texts. 

1933-1936. A young generation dreams of a new world order. From 1941 onwards, many of them join the Nazi ideology and go to the Eastern Front. Were they misled? Were they really that naive?

Author and dramatist Peter van Kraaij introduces a Flemish family: Staf, a member of the Dietse Militie; his wife Marije; their son Jef, a member of the Flemish Legion on the Eastern Front; their daughter Mie, a member of the Dietse Meisjesscharen; Hubert, Staf's brother and not involved in the collaboration; and uncle Laurens, a priest and Marije's brother.

Their testimonies are combined with other voices. Among them: Channa, a young Jewish woman, and Aloysius, a soldier on the Eastern Front. Present too, are the Belgian Léon Degrelle, founder of the fascist movement Rex and active in the Walloon Legion, and Otto Skorzeny, an Austrian and decorated officer in the Waffen-SS. Yellow  is a mulltilingual choir that evokes the grim zeitgeist of the 1930s, supporter live by the music of composer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Gysel.

In the spring of 2021, Yellow premiered as a theatre film, which landed a four star review in The Guardian, much praise for the cast in The New York Times and was selected for Theaterfestival 2021. In the fall of 2021, Yellow premiered live in Ghent.


  • Luk Perceval


  • Bert Luppes
  • Chris Thys
  • Lien Wildemeersch
  • Maria Shulga
  • Philip Kelz
  • Oscar Van Rompay
  • Peter Seynaeve
  • Valéry Warnotte


  • Steven Heene
  • Peter van Kraaij
  • Margit Niederhuber

set design

  • Annette Kurz

costume design

  • Ilse Vandenbussche


  • NTGent


  • Peter van Kraaij


  • Sam Gysel

light design

  • Mark Van Denesse

assistant decor design

  • Sammy Van den Heuvel

rope lounge coach

  • Ted Stoffer

language coach

  • Elke De Brouwer

directing assistance

  • Liesbeth Standaert

production management

  • Els Jacxsens


  • Mimi van de Put

tour assistant & surtitles

  • Liesbeth Standaert

technical production management

  • Chris Vanneste

first stage manager

  • Marijn Vlaeminck


  • Sander Michiels


  • Bart Meeusen
  • Frederik Vanslembrouck

stage technician

  • Eddy Deschepper
  • Ramon Blancquart


  • Micheline D'Hertoge

stage direction

  • Zephyr Brüggen
  • Delphine Delabeye

stage dramaturgy

  • Ingrid Haugen
  • Martijn Gielen
  • Emmeline Henderickx

stage set and costume design

  • Chloé Wasselin

stage production

  • Fine Stoffels


  • Landestheater Niederösterreich, St. Pölten
  • Le Manège Maubeuge

with the support of

  • The Belgian Tax Shelter

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  1. Cancelled: Tuesday 12 May 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  2. Cancelled: Wednesday 13 May 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  3. Thursday 11 March 2021 — 20h00 — NTGent/Schouwburg, Gent
  4. Cancelled: Friday 26 March 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  5. Cancelled: Saturday 27 March 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  6. Sunday 27 November 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen

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