War 6+

A show with a short title and a huge subject


We wish we had something sensible to say.
But a war is too big a thing even for us.
We are just here to make a show.

Something about a balloon slowly deflating, a nose  bleeding, little helicopters falling down from a tree, a shower crying, audience members shooting and three soldiers roller-skating and talking backwards.

Come and  see for yourself.

War is a subject that we are all concerned about. Our children have their own ideas about it, but try as we might, we never have any real answers for them. This has prompted director Jetse Batelaan to try and take the elusive subject by the horns. With his performers Willemijn Zevenhuijzen, Tjebbe Roelofs and Martin Hofstra he went on a new Artemis adventure. For children aged  6 an up.

BIBU Helsingborg jury motivation: “When grown-ups play war in a theatrical context, war is stripped completely bare. All the heroes, all the bravery and the halo that surrounds the term is robbed of its sheen of greatness. In Oorlog, play is used as a strategy for declaring war on war itself. What remains of such a performance is a strange and inexplicable interplay between comedy and tragedy.”

WAR was awarded a VSCD Silver Cricket Award and was part of the Belgian TheaterFestival 2017 and Bibu Biennale for Children (S) 2018

“Seriousness AND laughter abound in this highly potent and refreshing TYA production that takes war as its theme.”
De Volkskrant
“A powerful comedy. Play-acting, children’s games and current events all bleed into each other, jumbled together in what appears to be complete chaos, bordering on slapstick.”
“A massive thumbs up from kids!”
– Young at Art, Belfast


Directed by
Performed by

Martin Hofstra
Tjebbe Roelofs
Willemijn Zevenhuijzen


Liesbet Swings

Set & light

Marloes van der Hoek
Wikke van Houwelingen

Special effects

Dik Beets

Shows abroad

2020 Graz (AU) – spleen*graz
2019 Belfast (IE) – Young at Art
2019 Moskow (RU) – Gavroche Festival
2019 Venice (IT) – La Biennale Teatro
2019 Zurich (CH) – Festival Blickfelder
2018 Geneve (CH) – La Bâtie Festival
2018 Basel (CH) – Theaterfestival
2018 Helsingborg (S) – BIBU Biennale
2018 Cologne (D) – Westwind Festival
2018 Stüttgart (D) – Schöne Aussicht
2018 Nürnberg (D) – Panoptikum
2017 Valetta (MT) –  ŻiguŻajg
2017 Kristiansand (N) – Sandfestival


3 February 2017