ANNE AND ZEF (10+)
text & direction: Ad de Bont
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'Theatre creator Ad de Bont combines two, world stories ingeniously. (...) Gradually, with a great deal of compassion for delayed longing, De Bont allows them to fall in love. Headlong, astute dialogue keeps everyone on their toes. There is the delight of thinking for oneself, of enjoying the power of freedom of speech. A self-evident conclusion in the hereafter, a moot topic during life. (...) More insistent than ever, De Bont is as good as his word. First death, then love. Forever after.' (NRC Handelsblad)
In ANNE AND ZEF an Albanian boy Zef Bunga meets Amsterdam's Anne Frank after his death. Both had to go into hiding for two years, she because she was Jewish and he because of a vendetta.
It started as an argument between two old friends about something insignificant. However, because they had had something to drink, blood flowed. Since that day, now three years ago, Zef and his father have had to stay inside their own house. If they dare go outside, they cannot be sure of their lives. Zef hasn't much to live for, until a girl comes to visit. An angry girl, with the most darling father there is and a mother who doesn't understand her. Her name is Anne Frank and her world is as large as the chestnut tree she can see outside her small window.
ANNE AND ZEF is based partially on Anne Frank's diary and presents two children who refuse to give up in spite of extreme conditions.
ANNE AND ZEF is one-third of a triptych by de Toneelmakerij inspired by people from Amsterdam who are icons of free speech: Annie M.G. Schmidt, Anne Frank and Baruch de Spinoza. This triptych was de Toneelmakerij's entry for 'Amsterdam World Book Capital City', a UNESCO initiative with the theme 'freedom of expression'.
Interview with writer and director Ad de Bont about ANNE AND ZEF
actors: Laura de Boer, Floris Verkerk, Peter van Heeringen, Rian Gerritsen composer: Guus Ponsioen film: Kasper de Bont staging: Renée Zonnevylle costumes: Patricia Lim dramaturgy: Annemarie Wenzel