The History of the World (Based on Banalities) —a poignant tale of loss laced with magic and rock music— takes over the York stage this April!

The Cultch is pleased to present The History of the World (Based on Banalities), an exciting play from Belgian theatre company, Kopergietery. Produced by Richard Jordan Productions, and in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth, Summerhall and Big in Belgium, The History of the World (Based on Banalities) runs at the York Theatre April 25 – May 5.

Philip, a young man with a predilection for magic and illusion, has moved back home to be with his mother, a brilliant scientist, who is dying of Alzheimer’s. They have never been close. She clings to science and reason; he clings to magic, fantasy, and illusions. For long as Philip can remember his mother has been searching for the Higgs boson particle, the particle that keeps the world together; Philip has been searching for something more, something that might keep them together. Underscored with live music performed by Belgian rock star Geoffrey Burton — a hooded and mysterious figure who haunts the stage— celebrated Belgian performer Titus De Voogdt weaves magic and illusions into this award-winning show about grief (Fringe First 2015).The History of the World (Based on Banalities) is a story about dealing with loss and coming to terms with the lost and beautiful moments of our lives; the small and seemingly meaningless banalities that tie us together.

Kopergietery is an innovative Belgian theatre company that focuses on theatre for young people. The History of the World (Based on Banalities) intertwines poignant storytelling with striking illusions, and electrifying guitar solos. “Belgian artists treat youth as though they are adult enough to understand complex and difficult situations and ideas; which is abundantly clear as we see youth taking the lead on issues that matter most to our world today,” says Cultch Executive Director, Heather Redfern. “It’s a show that works for both adults and young adults, because it does not differentiate between the two.”

Single tickets on sale now through The Cultch’s Box Office: 604-251-1363 or

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