Join us for this moving, funny and important play
With Hanna van Vliet and Sigrid ten Napel
June 16 - 25
At Het Amsterdams Theaterhuis
Running time: 1 hour and 10 minutes (without intermission)
This intimate play navigates some big topics in the most honest, moving and witty way. Mental health, life, love, suicidal thoughts and feelings of loneliness and being lost are talked about with candor, and are treated with courage and care.
Sweet Sixteen is about two sisters, Dunya who is 15 turning 16 and Dido, Dunya’s sister who committed suicide the day before her 16th birthday. The night before Dunya has to give a talk to her class about suicide, she tries to understand why her sister did what she did one last time. Suddenly, Dido appears in the room. They engage in conversations about life, death, and Dunya asks the burning questions she has had for a long time: why did Dido chose to end her life and how could she have done this? What was actually wrong with her? Does she even know what she did to Dunya and their parents? Why didn't Dido ask Dunya for help?
Performed in English.
Written by Casper Vandeputte
Directed by Belle van Heerikhuizen
With Hanna van Vliet as Dunya and Sigrid ten Napel as Dido
In Collaboration with De Toneelmakerij
For the ones left behind
"We see two vulnerable teenagers who tease each other, act tough, are sweet, ruthless, play Billie Eilish and in doing so, have a conversation about life and death. And that is not only interesting, but also incredibly moving."
"Sweet Sixteen is funny, relevant and thought-provoking. Hats off to Orange Theatre for continuing to stage work that both showcases new writing, and addresses complex themes. It is a play to be enjoyed, but more importantly, it is a play to be talked about."