Is it possible to have such a command of a new language that when one is obliged to speak in one’s native tongue, an odd accent can be heard?
It is with this question that Karlijn Sileghem, who plays the narrator, opens The Devil Bedeviled.
She tells us that in the course of her many days of study in the Royal Library, she saw a man engrossed in the same book day after day, one in which the text has faded so much that it can hardly be read.
One day she asks him what this remarkably faded book is about, at which the man opens up a piece of card folded into the cover of the book: a model of the Théâtre de la Coquille, a puppet theatre.
The man hides behind this model and through the opening provided by its stage tells the story written in the book. As he tells it she writes everything down meticulously in order to tell it to the public in her turn
Premiere 18 december 2008 LOD studio