BeFrank Theatre Company is a new young international theatre company working with innovative plays that are both responsive and provocative to the world around us. We aim to make theatre that matters on both the social and political level: work that encompasses the bigger questions and offers new perspectives on the world in which we live.
"One must Be Frank to be relevant" - Corazon Aquino
Director/Playwright: Tommy Lexen, Assistant Director: Nicole Ingemann, Associate Producer: Ben Evans, Project Coordinator: Maria Oldeen, Set Designer: Hiroko Matsu, Press Manager: Byron McCaugthey, Human Rigths Advicer: Katarina Reigo, Associated Movement Director: Sebastian Lingserius, Mentor/Dramaturge: Duncan MacMillan, Mentor/Superviser: Karen Christophe & Nick Wood
Like Enemies of the State offers a compelling insight into the destructive madness of 'Africa's World War' and its effects upon the lives of many children in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The story follows three former child soldiers, who have all been fighting against the government, like enemies of the state. Having escaped the war, they find themselves alienated from society and forced to live as outcasts. They, amongst many others, are facing a difficult decision: either retreat into poverty and social rejection or take power into their own hands by rejoining the battle.
In the summer of 2011, playwright/director Tommy Lexen traveled through the Democratic Republic of the Congo in an attempt to understand the causes rather than the consequences of this ongoing conflict. Through meeting former child soldiers, street children, local and international NGOs, UN representatives and the Congolese government, he was able to expose some of the social and political realities facing these children.
Like Enemies of the State is based upon these eyewitness accounts. It is their story - a story about the violence of a forgotten generation.
“The biggest problem is not to get them out from the bush, the biggest problem is to prevent them from
going back in again”