“A way of man”
by NOORDVOLK company, The Hague, The Netherlands
A way of man 16+
“A way of man” is a storytelling performance done by NOORDVOLK member Caja van der Poel. NOORDVOLK is a The Hague based theater company. The pivital point to their productions is to show the everyday beauty of the imperfection of mankind.
December 2008 Caja van der Poel graduated from The School of Storytelling UK. It was there that she first developed the desire to do something with “the most beautiful story in the world” and now, a year later, it is happening! Caja theatrically tells the tale of A way of man (De Kleine Johannes) by Frederik van Eeden. Her wish come true is made extra special because 2010 is the 150th birth-year of this famous Dutch writer.
The tale is a highlight in Dutch literature; It is called the Dutch ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and has been immensely popular since 1887. It tells the tale of Jonathan, a boy on his quest to manhood, and his long journey filled with wonder, love, loneliness and danger. On his journey Jonathan is motivated by his will to discover the one absolute truth. Every character he meets claims to know this truth, they even have books about it; but Jonathan finally comes to the conclusion that there is no such thing as one ‘absolute truth’; all we can hold on to is ‘honesty’. The story is suitable for adults from the age of 16.
CAST & CREW
Storyteller: Caja van der Poel
Co-director: Michael Driebeek van der Ven
Dramatic advise: Annemieke Wauters
Costume design: Asalia Khadjé
Photography: Rogier Chang