Sanne Peper

Verdriet is het ding met veren

Theater Rotterdam | Erik Whien
Tue 13 Dec ’22 20:30
Muzikale theatervoorstelling
Tue 13 Dec ’22

We miss our mother, we love our father, we wave to crows. That's not so strange. Jacob Derwig and Erik Whien bring a heartbreaking book to the stage.

Verdriet is het ding met veren (Sorrow is the thing with feathers) is the title of the internationally successful debut novel by Londoner Max Porter. It is a moving story about a father and two sons, who are left behind after the sudden death of their wife and mother. Shortly after the loss, the three are visited by a cruel, unpredictable and caring Crow. Verdriet is het ding met veren is a musical theater performance in which Erik Whien's subtle, minimalistic style comes together with the impassioned and poignant lyrics from the book. Actors Jacob Derwig, Jesse Mensah and Romijn Scholten bring a grand story about parents and children, unconditional love, mourning and a crow.

  • Jacob Derwig has been nominated for the Louis d'Or 2022 (prize for most impressive male supporting role) for his role in Verdriet is het ding met veren.

From the press:

“Sadness is a poetic reflection on chaotic grief” (NRC ★★★★)

“Irresistible momentum in the visual grieving process” (Trouw ★★★★★)

“The piece shows the mourning in moving moments, but also with humor and playful light-heartedness.” (The Telegraph ★★★★)

“Jacob Derwig impressive” (Nederlands Dagblad ★★★★)

“Positive, layered and energetic performance.” ★★★★★ 

de Volkskrant


Director Erik Whien Script Max Porter Translation Saskia van der Lingen Adaptation Jacob Derwig Cast Jacob Derwig, Jesse Mensah and Romijn Scholten

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