Artists in War
director: Jori Hermsen
theatre group: TG Sonja
role: Charley Toorop
In a live radio play we follow four well-known Dutch artists during the Second World War. The question is: what is the responsibility of the artist in wartime?
“Kunstenaars in Oorlog” (Artists in War) showed four different reactions from the Dutch artists Piet Mondriaan, Charley Toorop, Johannes Heesters and Gerrit Jan van der Veen at the time of the Second World War. One flees while another joins the resistance. A third collaborates with the enemy, while the fourth tries to endure the horrors of war through his art. This is why this play is not just about Mondriaan, Heesters, Toorop and van der Veen, but about all of us.
Cast: Jessica Zeylmaker, Bas Sligting and Martijn van der Veen
Written by: Annemarie Slotboom
Composition: Ben Lammerts van Bueren
Photos: René den Engelsman & Moon Saris