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The 5 performances you should definitely see at Theatre Festival Boulevard

From today, it is not Leeuwarden, Amsterdam, Utrecht or The Hague that is our country's cultural capital, but Den Bosch. For eleven days during Theatre Festival Boulevard, there will be more to see in that city than all to follow. Lots of new and unique work for Den Bosch, but also some performances that have already played in other places. Herewith our five recommendations. Do you have any other tips of your own? Report them in the comments!

All too loud loneliness, Theatre South Pole


Antwerp-based Theatre Zuidpool does not always make things easy for its audiences. The company has a penchant for rarely performed or radically adapted plays, where the focus is not the actors but the text. That recently resulted in the brilliant but divisively received Der Tod des Empedokles. Already Too Loud Solitude, a moving portrait of a lonely paper crusher who saves the finest books from destruction, is another typical South Pole performance, but if possible even more subtle, even more poignant thanks to Koen van Kaam's phenomenal acting. cards

Summer of '96, NT/NT Young (14+)


1996, it seems like an eternity ago. Wim Kok is prime minister, Bill Clinton is smoking a cigar in the White House. Pim Fortuyn wrote a book. But in that year, a class also got its Cito test results. All they have to do is perform the obligatory final musical, but suddenly everything falls apart: "First we were friends and now we don't understand anything about each other." cards

Paintie, The Day Van Gogh, The Painter and the Crow, The Ear of Van Gogh (6+)


The Van Gogh year does not let Boulevard pass unnoticed: no fewer than four youth performances, two each weekend at the Brabants Museum. About an interesting find in the attic. Paintings that suddenly come to life. A crow chasing a painter across the border. And finally, finally that famous ear himself comes to tell why he packed his things and left. cards

Where the flat land folds, Toneelgroep Maastricht


"Go see! Theatre lovers and theatre haters. Older people and especially young people. Because the Limburg world of the past is told and sung about in a way that touches the heart today," wrote Dagblad De Limburger. Before everyone outside Limburg now thinks, "Not the mines, not the mines again!" - no, Waar het vlakke land gaat plooien is much more universal. It is a moving road trip between Berlin and Heerlen, but equally a performance about New York and, say, Apeldoorn, Amsterdam and Leeuwarden. Because going away is easy, but can you ever really return? cards

Zomaargasten, Patrick Nederkoorn and Oscar Kocken


No festival without taking risks. Every year, we sit and watch Zomergasten and think: why this excerpt? Why is there no questioning now? And why on earth this guest? Patrick Nederkoorn and Oscar Kocken offer the solution: become a Zomergast yourself. Now, Zomaargast. In a makeshift setting, they try to uncover stories with the help of image and music fragments. And not just any stories: your stories! cards

NB: Some performances are planned for the alternative festival square 'Tramkade', behind the Verkadefabriek. Due to the discovery of asbestos, those performances will be played at other locations. Please keep the Boulevard website in mind.

Henri Drost

Henri Drost (1970) studied Dutch and American Studies in Utrecht. Sold CDs and books for years, then became a communications consultant. Writes for among others GPD magazines, Metro, LOS!, De Roskam, 8weekly, Mania, hetiskoers and Cultureel Persbureau/De Dodo about everything, but if possible about music (theatre) and sports. Other specialisms: figures, the United States and healthcare. Listens to Waits and Webern, Wagner and Dylan and pretty much everything in between.View Author posts

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