The Story of the Story 8+



Anybody there?

A story, anywhere?

One day, an audience sits waiting for a show. The curtain is drawn and the stage reveals all: it is stark naked! Huh? In the far corner there are some people pottering about. Who they are? We don’t know, but they’re after your handbag and they smell of moss!

The Story of the Story is a show about….well, what IS it about? Hats off to you if you can tell us what happens! This show is Weird with a capital W. And Strange with a capital S. But also Exciting with a capital E.

There’s a very odd nature film with squares, circles and Cristiano Ronaldo. And the audience? All it can do is yearn and pine for some sort of thread connecting it all. But where to? Whither? What ho! Trumpets! Music! Does this mean the story is here after all?

The Story of the Story is ‘pure Batelaan’, a magical world that can ignite with sudden desires and expectations at any moment. An 8+ family show for all those who haven’t been selected for the school football team –  and for all those who have!

The show won a VSCD Silver Cricket Award and was selected by the Dutch Theatre Festival 2019.

“A spectacular start to the theatre season.”
“Of all the creators of Dutch youth theatre, Jetse Batelaan is the most interesting. This year he proved it again with The story of the story.”
NRC Handelsblad
“The wildest freethinker of the Dutch theatre has once again created an astonishing, unruly piece of philosophical slapstick.”
– De Groene Amsterdammer


Directed by

Goele Derick
Jente De Motte
Hanneke van der Paardt
Tjebbe Roelofs
Peter Vandemeulebroecke
Jurjen Zeelen

Decor and light

Theun Mosk


Gerjan Piksen


Thomas Dudkiewicz

Text contributions

Don Duyns


Peter Anthonissen

Directional assistance

Tim Verbeek


Het Zuidelijk Toneel

Shows abroad

Barcelona, Teatre Lliure
Japan,  Aichi Triennale
Venice, Teatro Biennale


Tilburg, 15 September 2018