Works of science fiction give us an insight into a future civilization by telling the adventures of one of its individual inhabitants. Some use for your broken clay pots apprehends our future the other way around. The piece provides the code that rules the life of the society it imagines and leaves it up to us to picture what the adventures of our individual lives would be like under these new conditions.

Developed in collaboration with a team of experts from different Belgian universities, Some use for your broken clay pots is a theatre piece whose script is the constitutional text for a democratic state that does not yet exist. On stage, a performer defends a home-written constitution as being a much better solution than the democratic regimes we know today. In response, the audience, equipped with microphones that are never turned off, challenge the fiction by interrupting the performer at any moment in order to ask questions, more details, or object to what is being proposed.

Strong of 350 articles of law, and published in 5 languages, the constitutional script of Some use for your broken claypots is available here for sale.


Concept, realization and performance : Christophe Meierhans Dramaturgy: Bart Capelle Conceptual advisor : Rudi Laermans Advising team : Anne-Emmanuelle Bourgaux (ULB), Rudi Laermans (KU), Jean-Benoît Pilet (ULB), Dave Sinardet (VUB) Constitutional jurist: Anne-Emmanuelle Bourgaux Scenography : Sofie Durnez Conception & graphic design publication : The Theatre of Operations Illustration : Nuno Pinto Da Cruz Co-production: Kaaitheater (Brussels), Workspace Brussels, Vooruit Arts Centre (Ghent), Teatro Maria Matos (Lisbon), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels) Production : Mokum With the support of : the Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie & Government of Flanders