Tom Struyf (BE)


[Act to Forget]

Theatre / Performance

In a touching plea for love, the Belgian theatre-maker Tom Struyf tries to recall why his memory is failing him.


Tiny Guy



Austrian premiere


Fri 02/10 & Sat 03/10, 21.30

Festival centre

8 €


Flemish language with German surtitles

Talk following the performance on Sat 03/10

In his “Act to Forget”, the young Fleming Tom Struyf finds an old photo in a drawer. The only thing is, he cannot remember the occasion or the people standing next to him in the photo. He sees himself in a suit standing next to a woman in a wedding dress. Did he get married? Because he has absolutely no recollection, he wants to find out why his brain’s capacity to remember is letting him down so badly – moreover this is not the first time that his memory has failed.
In conversations with a neurosurgeon, a past-life regression therapist, a philosopher, a psychologist, a Tai Chi teacher, and his own grandmother he tries to get to the bottom of it. Only when he is high up in the Swiss mountains it finally dawns on him why he is so forgetful.
The young Belgian theatre-maker Tom Struyf works at the intersection of theatre, lecture and performance. With blunt sincerity and astonishing charm, Struyf tries to portray how our thoughts determine our actions – developing a touching appeal for love.

By and with Tom Struyf
Dramaturgy Willem de Maeseneer
Camera and editing Geert De Vleesschauwer

Produced by MARS vzw, detheatermaker
Co-produced by kultuurfaktorij Monti

steirischer herbst
Dramaturgy Flori Gugger
Production Roland Gferer
Technical management Karl Masten

Tom Struyf (BE)

Tom Struyf was born in 1983 and is a Belgian actor, performance artist and author. From 1999 to 2007 he studied performing arts in Leuven (Belgium) and in Maastricht (Netherlands) and subsequently worked chiefly as an actor. During his collaboration with Belgian theatre group fABUELEUS and Dutch theatre group O.T. Theater he expanded his repertoire and also began to conceive and write his pieces himself (e.g. “El Gran Teatro del Mundo”, 2006). In the meantime he has worked on over 40 productions – in many both as author and actor. Conceived and performed by von Struyf, “The Tatiana Aarons Experience” was invited to the Het Theaterfestival in Flanders in 2011, while his performance “Another Great Year for Fishing” was selected for the “Stückemarkt” competition at the Theatertreffen of the Berliner Festspiele 2015. Struyf himself describes his works as “realitytheatervideoperformances”. He appears this year for the first time at steirischer herbst with the theatre-video blend “Act to Forget”.