Toneelhuis, Martha!tentatief, Bart Van Nuffelen

On a weird and wonderful evening, 100 people from Deurne-Noord set foot on the endless plain of the Bourla. They pass by in procession. Thanks to the wonders of theatre, their lives are visible, tangible perceptible. Honderd is a grand, one-off theatrical action. An ode to the epic nature of reality. A report from the fringes of the city.
Theatre maker Bart Van Nuffelen observes the city through journalistic processes. A two-year search in the Jewish quarter and the Diamantkwartier resulted in the lauded podcast De kunst van het verdwijnen (The Art of Disappearing). Now he is training his sights on Deurne-Noord, a neighbourhood on the fringes of the city, hemmed in between canals and waterways. But at the same time, it is an evocative neighbourhood of Antwerp steeped in melancholy poetry. 
Bart Van Nuffelen & Martha!tentatief translate the ever-changing world into ‘new stories about now’. Time and again, they go into the city looking for ordinary people with big stories. They do this together with a network of local operations (sport clubs, schools, neighbourhood actions) and are assisted by specialists and academics. They believe in the connective and healing power of telling stories.

Honderd is a performance by one actress and 100 city dwellers, in a splendour-loving direction by Ruud Gielens. A project by Bart Van Nuffelen and the entire company of Martha!tentatief.
The performance is part of UNLOCK THE CITY!, a European project supported by the European Union's Creative Europe programme.

text and research

  • Bart Van Nuffelen


  • Ruud Gielens


  • Slongs (Charissa Parassiadis)
  • Honderd stedelingen


  • Tim Clement


  • Scale (Kris Strybos)


  • Toneelhuis
  • Martha!tentatief

the performance is part of


with the support of

  • het Creative Europe Programma van de Europese Unie
  • de Tax Shelter van de Belgische federale overheid

All data

  1. Sunday 16 June 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen Premiere

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