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Hetty & George about

George Groot and Adelheid explored each other’s lives. Premise and setting are the same in 2014 as in 2013. History had taken inevitable twists. Two masters of disclosure took the audience on their theatrical research of the sources of their actions.

A public journey.
What do you do with what crosses your path?
For her it’s the clarity of her senile mother’s mind. For him it’s a new sexuality search and finding surprising discoveries.

Bringing their life scenarios out into the open is something Adelheid and George Groot love to do. They love to clash and hug. George wonders whether they still have enough time. ‘Adelheid, do you still have enough time to say a wholehearted “Yes” to anything?’

Adelheid and George previously made Tergend Langzaam Wakker Worden (Waking Up Painstakingly Slowly, 1990), In de Schaduw van de Zon (In the Shadow of the Sun 1994) and Zina neemt de Wijk (Zina takes the Neighbourhood / Zina takes Refuge, 2010). George Groot is a cabaret artist, poet and co-founder of the cabaret group Don Quishocking. He performed with Jenny Arean, among others.

IN THE NEWS

VOLKSKRANT I 28 JUN 13
IN THEATRE CRITICS TOP TEN KARIN VERAART AND HEIN JANSEN
'No safe black box but a light, theatrical space with a bed where the audience sits around. Confronting and brave [...].' - Karin Veraart

VRIJ NEDERLAND I 01 DEC 12
'The performance of Adelheid Roosen and George Groot is a superior example of personal theater about the space between people, and about how close we come to one another. [...] Hetty & George is heavily touching and liberating.'

VOLKSKRANT ***** I 31 OCT 12
'Hetty & George is a beautiful example of a vanity play. While being highly personal, it also maintains a sense of drama. It confronts characters with the audience, characters with each other and, to an extent, audience members with each other.'

GOOI- EN EEMLANDER I GPD I 31 OCT 12
'This is a remarkable form of theatre. Adelheid flits and jumps and skips as only she can. But at the same time, she is a woman of the stage, through and through.'

PAROOL ***** I 28 OCT 12
Paying a visit to a dog basket

'What's particularly clever about the play is the way in which so much is made possible by the snug setting when combined with Roosen’s intense and Groot’s endearing performance. In fact, the performance is itself an undesirable event, one that turns the audience’s expectations on their head. The gentle sense of bashfulness triggered by Hetty and George creates an environment in which something remarkable can happen.'

NRC HANDELSBLAD I 29 OCT 12
‘Having seen this play, I believe that Adelheid Roosen and George Groot think it's a beautiful and important thing for people to express themselves in a personal and vulnerable way.[...]
I initially came to a harsh judgement. ‘What a loudmouth!’ I thought. Until, that is, I understood that her mother is hard and that's why she's hard, and that's why I was hard on her. And that's what softened me.’ I Review by guest critic Laura van Dolron

VOLKSKRANT I 26 OCT 12
'Adelheid Roosen and George Groot performing together, vanity theatre of the highest order. He talks about his lovers; she talks about her mother, who has Alzheimer's. How will that turn out? [...] The logical connection between the Roosen’s mother and Groot’s boys is that they undermined each of the two performer’s lives. This extreme form of vanity play lives or dies by the unique characters of Roosen and Groot. While one spectator might wonder why she should be subjected to this kind of theatre, another will find it an incredibly exciting encounter. That's how divergent responses can be to the work of these two theatre makers.' I Photo Joost van den Broek

NRC HANDELSBLAD I 26 OCT 12
No-one's allowed to know about Roosen's piece in advance
'Two theatre makers explore how their life scenarios cross, clash and converge.’ A description such as this suggests it a transparent semi-autobiographical play. But Groot and Roosen refuse to divulge any more information. At a public rehearsal, Roosen urges the reporter not to reveal any details about the piece. The reason? ‘I prefer going somewhere with a sense of childlike expectation,’ she explains. ‘It maximises the rapture.' I Photo Jan Versweyveld

GAY KRANT I 02 OCT 12
George Groot in conversation with Rits de Wit
‘Absolutely not! It’s not that I am someone who loves men. It still doesn’t feel like that at all. But I do do it with men. You’ll find it rather odd, I’m sure, because of course I behave like a gay man. […]
But, surprisingly, there’s a complete lack of identification.’ In Hetty & George George and Adelheid Roosen question each other about the topics they have chosen for themselves: George’s steps along the homosexual path; Adelheid’s mother’s dementia. ‘Adelheid sees a clear parallel between the stories, something that for her comes together in ‘paying a visit’ – she to her mother, and me to the boys. Adelheid finds the steps human lives make endlessly fascinating.’
The press release for the play says it’s based on a ‘quest for lucidity’. ‘Is that so? Well... a quest? No,’ says George, ‘I just love to tell stories. It doesn’t actually matter much to me how it comes across to the audience – what it might mean to them – or that it makes me any the wiser. I just love to tell stories. That openness, that sense of completely unfettered talking about what’s on your mind. It’s a gift to people, that’s the way I see it.’

    • 1 hg pictures op bed
    • 2 hg pictures oortrekken
    • 3 hg pictures fatima
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    • 9 hg pictures george op borst
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Hetty & George on tour

BEEN BEFORE IN

28 dec 14 I Deventer Schouwburg I Deventer
20 dec 14 I Agnietenhof I Tiel
19 dec 14 I Parktheater I Eindhoven
18 dec 14 I Agoratheater I Lelystad
16 dec 14 I Theaters Tilburg I Tilburg
13 dec 14 I Theater De Lieve Vrouw I Amersfoort
10 dec 14 I Koninklijke Schouwburg I Den Haag 
09 dec 14 I Koninklijke Schouwburg Den Haag
03 dec 14 I Schouwburg Ogterop I Meppel
27 nov 14 I De Meerse I Hoofddorp
16 nov 14 I Chassétheater I Breda

28 nov 13 I Stadsgehoorzaal I Leiden
27 nov 13 I Stadsgehoorzaal I Leiden
21 nov 13 I Wilminktheater I Enschede
20 nov 13 I Wilminktheater I Enschede
13 nov 13 Schouwburg Het Park Hoorn
03 nov 13 I Schouwburg I Rotterdam
01 nov 13 I De Harmonie I Leeuwarden
31 oct 13 I Odeon/De Spiegel I Zwolle
30 oct 13 I Odeon/De Spiegel I Zwolle
25 oct 13 I Philharmonie i.s.m. Toneelschuur I Haarlem
24 oct 13 I Philharmonie i.s.m. Toneelschuur I Haarlem
22 oct 13 Zaantheater I Zaandam
19 oct 13 De Agnietenhof I Tiel
16 oct 13 I Stadsschouwburg I Utrecht
15 oct 13 I Stadsschouwburg I Utrecht
13 oct 13 I Verkadefabriek I Den Bosch extra performance
13 oct 13 I Verkadefabriek I Den Bosch
12 okt 13 I Verkadefabriek Den Bosch
10 oct 13 I Corrosia I Almere
06 oct 13 I Theater aan het Spui I The Hague
05 oct 13 Theater aan het Spui I The Hague
02 oct 13 I Schouwburg I Arnhem
06 - 10 sep 13 I Theater Bellevue Nederlands Theater Festival
27 apr 13 I Theater De Vest I Alkmaar
22 jan - 03 feb 13 I Theater Bellevue I Amsterdam

21 & 22 dec 12 I Stadsschouwburg I Utrecht
23 oct  18 nov 12 I Theater Bellevue I Amsterdam

Hetty & George credits

HETTY & GEORGE

Text and cast I George Groot & Adelheid Roosen
Director I Titus Muizelaar
Assistent Director I Lauren Rissik
Design I Michiel Van Cauwelaert
Light I Jantje Geldof
Music I Boudewijn Tarenskeen
Photography flyer I Arjan Benning
Concept & Design flyer I buro RuSt
Coproduction Female Economy & Bellevue Lunchtheater
Arms linked I Toneelgroep Amsterdam
Financially supported by I Performing Arts Fund NL

TERGEND LANGZAAM WAKKER WORDEN

The performance has been staged between March until the end of May 1990 and January until the end of June 1991. Premiere March 1990 Theater Frascati, Amsterdam.

based on Clara S. by Elfriede Jellinek
Text and cast I George Groot & Adelheid Roosen
Text and director Marcelle Meuleman
Dramaturgy I Sonja van der Valk
Light I Reinier Tweebeeke, Suluk Iken   
Producer I Theater Persona in co-production with Nestheaters 

Thanks to Marijke Giesbers, Mirjam Grote Gansey

IN DE SCHADUW VAN DE ZON

The performance has been staged between December 1993 end the end of April 1994.
Premiere December 1993, Theater Frascati, Amsterdam.

Text and cast I George Groot & Adelheid Roosen
Director Marcelle Meuleman
Dramaturgy I Willem Jan Otten
Scenography I Hetty van der Linde
Lightdesign I Reinier Tweebeeke
Light/technics I Suluk Iken
Poster I Els Scholtens
Photography I Hapé Smeele
Chauffeur I John   
Producer I Theater Persona in co-production with Nestheaters 

Thanks to Jan Hilbers, Titus Tiel Groenestege

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