Researching Dutch Musicals

Through the ALCS research grants scheme, Sanne Thierens received an ALCS travel and maintenance grant to conduct interviews and archive research in the Netherlands in the summer of 2016. Here is her short report.

logo-2“As a PhD student working in England but researching a series of Dutch musicals, I was pleasantly surprised and very grateful to receive the ALCS grant this year. The grant allowed me make several trips to Amsterdam to meet with and interview creatives, actors and actresses who played key roles in some of the musicals by writer Annie M.G. Schmidt and composer Harry Bannink.

Over the summer and into autumn, I had the pleasure to meet up with many key figures in the Dutch musical works. I had coffee with writer Ivo de Wijs, who edited Schmidt and Bannink’s Heerlijk duurt het langst for its 1998 revival and Foxtrot for its 2001 production. I met up with Carla Lipp, who performed in the chorus of the original production of Heerlijk in 1965. I talked to Ruut Weissman, who directed the revivals of Heerlijk and Foxtrot, and I interviewed David Eavis, who worked as an actor, company manager, and assistant-choreographer- and director in several of the Schmidt/Bannink-musicals.

The ALCS grant furthermore allowed me to visit the Theatre Institute’s archive, also in Amsterdam, where I looked at documents such as old newspaper articles, photos and programme booklets.

I am honoured that the ALCS decided to support these activities with their grant, and am very thankful for them to make it happen.”

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