(…) And there is the cozy “Objectomania”tent in which the TAMTAM theatrecompany shows the production “To Have Or No To Have”. This Shakespearian fairytale with as main characters only rusty archaic tools is a praise to the childlike power of imagination. A pair of garden scissors become a crow high in the air, a mole-trap in the sand is a crab or a scorpion.
With minimal means (a sandtable and some old stuff) the performers Gérard Schiphorst and Marije van der Sande create a fantasyworld with a prehistoric atmosphere in which the balance is disturbed by the growing consciousness of “property”. Pliers and mole-trap fight each other in a life and death struggle for a mysterious packet.
Gradually they dig in deeper into their trenches, they build defence-walls and hide behind castle walls or behind a drawbridge. Eventually they even start using of weapons. And why?
TAMTAM very cleverly links a serious message from the grown-up world to heart-warming childlike entertaining play.”