De Toneelmakerij

De Toneelmakerij is always on the move. We make bold, high-quality theatre for young audiences, and we do it with love for language, cross-disciplinary experimentation and social engagement. As well as performing in small, medium and large-sized theatres, we take our plays into the classroom, where the experience and sense of connection is at its most intensive and intimate. We also make site-specific productions, and we are active in local districts of Amsterdam and at summer festivals. 

International ambition  

De Toneelmakerij theatre company has a strong focus on international exchange- and collaboration. As active member of the European Theatre Convention, with dramaturg Paulien Geerlings as its vice-president, de Toneelmakerij is the driving force behind Young Europe, a recurring artistic collaboration program for young audiences. In season 21-22 Young Europe 4 kicks off a 3 years program, devoted to expanding the modern European canon by highlighting “forgotten” plays and by writing new ones in the ETC writers lab. Young Europe 4 points at the non-dominant voices in our societies, at stories that aren’t told or could be told more often. Next to this, de Toneelmakerij is part of the AcuTe consortium that will apply for EU funding, to research and develop theatre and new technologies in collaboration with two universities of applied sciences and Ars Electronica.  

Information shows season 21/22
SWEET SIXTEEN (14+) 

Dunya is just about to get older than her sister Dido ever got – Dido had to go and kill herself when she was 16. Dunya decides to do her class presentation about suicide, and immerses herself in her sister’s diaries for one final time. When she’s done she’s going to burn everything that’s got anything to do with Dido. After all, what use are lessons in life from someone who never knew what it was like to be 16? Come to that, what use are lessons in life from someone who didn’t even want to live? Then, suddenly, Dunya’s sister is there in the room with her. They start talking. What was actually wrong with Dido? Does she have any idea what she’s done to Dunya and her parents? Why didn’t she ask Dunya for help? The classroom audience witnesses Dunya’s emotionally charged confrontation – with her dead sister and with herself.  

Responses to the play were overwhelming. It also won the ‘Silver Cricket’ award, a prestigious prize for performing arts for children and young people in the Netherlands.  

The text is available in Dutch, English and German. 

Contact for further information, questions and registrations

Sophie de Haas – sophiedehaas@toneelmakerij.nl / 020-5226070