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The NUT explores 'the future of death' in 2024 with theatre productions on endings and eternity


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Utrecht, February 2024 - In 2024, NUT (Nieuw Utrechts Toneel) will produce a family production (6+), a location production with dinner in Utrecht and (for the first time!) a tour of major venues across the country. Every year, NUT explores the future of a particular theme. In 2023, this was the 'future of money' and in 2024 we dive into the 'future of death' and thus that of eternity. 

The future of death

What happens when you take your last breath? How do you deal with grief and what things are really forever? Are we going to be frozen en masse and when will you be immortal? If there is anything that seems eternal and unchanging, it is death. Yet humans also try to regulate this inescapable certainty. On the one hand by stretching life, on the other by gaining more and more control over when death will come after all. Together with visitors, actors and makers, the NUT delves into death and eternity during the following performances in spring. 

Family show 'Grandma Final Boss' (6+) 

Inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, the NUT presents a light and loving family performance about loss. Every Wednesday afternoon, Orpheus visits his grandmother Izzy. They then drink lemonade, eat chips and play a video game.Two days ago, grandma took a nap. And when Orpheus found her, she didn't wake up. Trying not to think about that, he disappears into his video game: 'The underworld of Hades'. Huh? What is this three-headed dog suddenly doing here? Before Orpheus knows it, his gaming world and the world in which his dear grandmother has just died get completely mixed up.

Text: Floor Leene
Directed by Lara van Hoof
Play: Katelijne Beukema and Claudia Kanne (internship)
In collaboration with HKU Game Design students

From 1 May at Berlin Square and various primary schools, in theatres in autumn. 

Forever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever....

The eleventh summer performance on location in Utrecht revolves around the most beautiful day in the life of Floor and Greg: their wedding day! Greg wants to shout from the rooftops how beautiful the love between him and Floor is and how they will stay together now and forever and love each other dearly. With a big party, heart flowers, a bride in a white dress. Floor would also like to marry Greg. Because then she and the children will be financially well off when Greg dies. Ideally, Floor would just like the two of them and their daughters to go to the town hall and be done with it. The question is: do romance and proper arrangements go together? How do you celebrate love and at the same time talk about 'what, if ....'?

Text and acting: Floor Leene and Greg Nottrot
Music and acting: Pascal van Hulst
Directed by Maurits van den Berg 

From 9 May a total of 16 times to be seen on location at Boer Peter, Thematerweg 6, Haarzuilens (Utrecht)

Ongoing projects

  • Other people's guilt | Exhibition and activities 6 to 15 March @ Berlijnplein | Collaboration with: Mart Veldhuis, Buurtwerkkamer Hart voor Leidsche Rijn, Poverty Coalition Utrecht. 
  • Futurists | 19 February & 23 April @ Tivoli Vredenburg | Collaboration with Studium Generale Utrecht & Descartes Centre (UU)
  • The order of the day - New generation | 16 and 23 March 
  • King Krump (working title) | A Shakespearean king's drama about Donald Trump. Production for the large theatres across the country, playing against the non-fiction backdrop of the US election this autumn. Text by Jibbe Willems, directed by Greg Nottrot.

Wijbrand Schaap

Cultural journalist since 1996. Worked as theatre critic, columnist and reporter for Algemeen Dagblad, Utrechts Nieuwsblad, Rotterdams Dagblad, Parool and regional newspapers through Associated Press Services. Interviews for TheaterMaker, Theatererkrant Magazine, Ons Erfdeel, Boekman. Podcast maker, likes to experiment with new media. Culture Press is called the brainchild I gave birth to in 2009. Life partner of Suzanne Brink roommate of Edje, Fonzie and Rufus. Search and find me on Mastodon.View Author posts

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