The Theatre: texts, tours and the boards of the stage
Théâtre universitaire de Liège, the TURLg, later designated ‘royal’ was created in 1941, although the University had had a theatre since the 1930’s. Defined as a creative performing group, the Theatre stages plays in French, German, English, and Walloon. TURLg performs 5 or 6 plays a year, and now has performed over 150.
In the wide world of university theatres - Robert Germay states that he has rarely known a university that did not offer theatrical activities – the University of Liege is known for several specialties, according to the TURLg President. Among these, a repertoire of plays that have a long-term capability. Students participate in several productions, and each play produced becomes ‘available’ for several years. The TURLg is also one of the most mobile of university theatres, traveling to about a dozen international festivals each year. After trips to 32 countries on 5 continents, Robert Germay has lost count of the number of in-flight baptisms the company has experienced… The TURLg also introduces children as young as 6 to the stage. The entire company bridges more than one generation, including children, adolescents, students, adults, and senior citizens, which makes for a family atmosphere among the members.
“Theatre is a school, isn't it?” (Karl VALENTIN)