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Urmie Plein wins Colombina for her role in I Say Sorry Anyway 


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At the Gala of Dutch Theatre on Sunday 17 September last, it was announced that Urmie Plein has been nominated for her role in I say sorry anyway won the Colombina. The Colombina is a theatre award given annually to the actress who, in the opinion of the Nederlandse Toneeljury, has performed the most impressive female contributing role. The jury about her role in I say sorry anyway.: "In her performance, she shows the gift of giving voice to the voiceless. She holds an impressive monologue, which managed to touch the judges deeply."

"This performance has deep meaning for me. I am proud to give a voice to my ancestors in this way."
- From Urmie Plein's acceptance speech

I say sorry anyway is a co-production of Theatre Group Alum and Raymi Sambo Makes. The show premiered in June 2022 and can be seen in Dutch theatres until early September.

About the show

At I say sorry anyway, an exciting fusion of history and current events, six actors come together to reenact the celebration of the abolition of slavery in 1863. What empathising with these historical characters does to the actors themselves, how they relate to the subject in this day and age, and whether it affects their relationships with each other, becomes slowly and painfully clear. For it soon becomes clear that the actors do not always know how to deal with their character's point of view, let alone the opinions of their peers. What does it mean to say 'sorry' anno 2023 for something that seems so long ago?

I say sorry anyway by Theatre Group Aluin and Raymi Sambo Makes was performed at the Oerol Festival Terschelling and in Dutch theatres in 2022. The show attracted full audiences and received rave reviews. The show was selected for the Dutch Theatre Festival.

The performance is not only about 1 July 1863, the day slavery was officially abolished in the Dutch colonies, but also about how this painful history still plays a negative role in people's lives today. During the Slavery History Remembrance Year, the show will again be shown in Dutch theatres. From 1 July 2023 to 1 July 2024, extra attention will be paid to the slavery past throughout the kingdom.

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