"The great thing is that no opinions are forced upon us but instead, focusing on taboos, prejudices, and idealism, we are invited to reflect on food waste, poverty, family feelings, and society waste"

"I especially liked the point that we as a society, as humans, valuate things – is it trash or is it food?"

"MADness is an interesting hybrid between a theatric performance and a practical manual for dumpster divers"

All quotations are translated by GROB

A woman is forced to cross her own and other people’s boundaries in order to feed her family.

Unemployment leads her to the world of the dumpster divers – a world full of filled dumpsters and amazing food.

It is the story about her relationship with her teenage son and the man she falls in love with by the dumpster.

It is the story about food waste, shame, taboos, and delicious products.

Please note that the play is in Danish.

The story behind the play

For more than two years director Hanne Trap Friis has accompanied a woman from the dumpster diving environment in Aarhus on her nightly “raids”. Hanne Trap Friis has gotten an insight into the world that exists in the darkness by the dumpsters. A world with loads of good food, taboos, idealism, food waste, poverty, generosity, and amazing human encounters around the “garbage bin”. A story of a world that needs to be told!

MADness is built upon a woman’s report and shows a side of Denmark that contrasts with our fast paced, materialistic society. MADness opens up for a yet unknown world, the play warms, surprises, provokes, and astonishes, and invites you into a food universe filled with unvarnished truths and prejudice.

Olaf Højgaard
Anne Voigt Christiansen

Manuscript: Kasper Hoff
Director: Hanne Trap Friis
Guest performance by: Teater freezeProductions

MADness is supported by: The Danish Arts Foundation, Bikuben Foundation, 3F Medie- og Kultur Fonden and Aarhus Municipality

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