How the grownups left and what happened next 8+

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"The theatre season has kicked off with an absolute highlight"

Cluck, cluck, cluck…
It all seems very real.
The village. The piles of hay. The fire and the people.
As if we were really in the Middle Ages.
It is night time. The children are getting ready for bed.
Somewhere in front there’s a strange man telling his story.
He’s talking about a group of really loving parents who love their children very, very much.


But something strange is going on.
The birds are leaving their nests unattended, and a lonely bear cub is scavenging the village.
And one day, the parents decide to leave. Without warning, just like that.
And so they pile their carts with furniture, slightly ashamed somehow, but determined.
And off they go, hobbling alongside their wobbly carts.
Cluck, cluck, cluck…


With a sense of humour and an originality that match those of Jheronimus Bosch, Jetse Batelaan shows us what happens when the love between parents and their offspring dies. A story that was written by Simon van der Geest, winner of the Gouden Griffel children’s book award, featuring live music and a group of children from the audience who are directed on the spot. A family show like you’ve never seen before.



It is a rare thing to see an audience follow a play with such breathless concentration

Brabants Dagblad

Batelaan’s brilliant concept is deeply moving. The theatre season has kicked off with an absolute highlight


A thrilling and original interpretation of the unbridgeable gap between the generations

de Volkskrant****

Jetse Batelaan is a great theatrical innovator


director Jetse Batelaan

actors Marien Jongewaard, Freek Nieuwdorp, Tjebbe Roelofs, Esther Snelder, Dennis Tiecken, Nimuë Walraven, Willemijn Zevenhuijzen

artistic advise Piet Menu

text Simon van der Geest

costume design Liesbet Swings

scenography Theun Mosk

dramaturgy Peter Anthonissen

live music Trio aXolot

live direction of the children Dominique Coppenrath, Sem Jonkers, Imme Steinmann, Tessa Bouman

assistant director  Tim Verbeek


a production of Theater Artemis and Het Zuidelijk Toneel
coproduced by Theaterfestival Boulevard/Jheronimus Bosch 500
première 12 augustus 2016

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