The Promise (The Song Project)

The Promise (The Song Project)
14 Sep '22 to 18 Sep '22
Wende / Royal Court Theatre

After inspiring collaborations in his own country with, among others, Joost Zwagerman and Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, Wende was inspired by the age-old tradition and the great diversity that characterises the English writing landscape. In 2020, she started working with a group of up-and-coming British female writers. The result was a moving, modern song cycle about identity, origin and all shades of grey of being a woman in our time.

Run time 100 minutes
Genre Muziektheater

In Gesprek Fri 16 September
Dutch opening night Wed 14 September

The Promise (The Song Project)


After 10 successful performances in England, The Promise is now also coming to the Netherlands. Wende got to know The Royal Court Theatre through the well-known English writer Simon Stephens. For over 60 years, this London theatre has been the springboard for the careers of world-renowned playwrights such as John Osborne, Samuel Beckett, Sarah Kane, David Hare, Caryl Churchill and Mark Ravenhill.

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Wende: “This performance is a promise to myself. To be allowed to be who I am and to discover which roles I fulfil. What do femininity and motherhood look like? I have searched for this through the eyes of 5 crazy writers and The Promise is a performance that takes you along in the different directions and perspectives.”

Her first international theatre concert was praised by the international press and can now be seen exclusively in the Netherlands for the first time.

REVIEWS

The Guardian

'I often wish I had been in Paris in the 50s when the great French singer-songwriter Barbara was performing. Now I feel better about the lack. I was at the Royal Court when Wende sang'

BROADWAY WORLD

'Something truly magical. Ninety minutes of Wende is not nearly enough. The Song Project feels like a one-woman musical with pop music. It’s Fleabag meets Lady Gaga'

WhatsOnStage

'Sensational. Memorable. Totally intoxicating, and absolutely of itself, directly to the heart. I can't recommend it enough'

CREDITS

Concept by Wende and Chloe Lamford
Created by Chloe Lamford, Wende, Isobel Waller-Bridge and Imogen Knight
Words by E.V. Crowe, Sabrina Mahfouz, Somalia Nonyé Seaton, Stef Smith, Debris Stevenson
Performed by Wende, Nils Davidse, Louise Anna Duggan and Midori Jaeger
Electronic producer Jan van Eerd, Additional arrangement Fiona Brice, Assistant director Izzy Rabey
Creative producer Wouter van Ransbeek, Theatre producer/business management Ulrike Bürger-Bruijs, Management Froukje Bouma, Production manager Tim van der Does

For the Royal Court Theatre Production:
Original Design Debbie Duru, Original Lighting Design Lee Curran,

For the Dutch Theatre Production:
Lighting Design Freek Ros, Sound Design Bob Willekens

The Song Project is a co-production of Stichting WENDE, the Royal Court Theatre London and International Theater Amsterdam

Made possible in part by Fonds Podiumkunsten.

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