Jabberbabble is a performance about four birds and one nest, written in a brand-new language equally inaccessible for everyone across the globe.
Some birds build a nest and always want to stay there. Other birds don’t rest and fly off again and again. In the summer they are here and in winter they are there. There are ne’er-do-wells, wanderers, fortune seekers, and wildlings. But what happens when birds of different feathers flock together? Can they communicate and understand one another? Do they think the other birds strange and try to push them out of the nest? Or, do they dream the same dreams and make room for each other?
Jabberbabble is for the whole family and, as it should be with birds, is entirely sung.
Text: Jibbe Willems
Composer: Rogier Bosman
Director: Josee Hussaarts
Actors: Sarah Bannier, Rogier van Erkel, Lucas Schilperoort, Jochem Smit
Decor and costumes: Barbara Kroon
Light design: Henk van der Geest
Best for Grades 1 and up and Family Programming
Estimated run time: 60 minutes – No Intermission
Photo Credit: Laura Luca
Theatergroep Kwatta Jabberbabble Reviews & Awards Reviews
In less than an hour Kwatta manages to touch on important and relevant issues. Jabberbabble is never smug or pedantic, but its theme manages to crawl under your skin. Its fantasy language is a golden opportunity and Edzo Bos’ accompanying piano playing enriches this universal story. In my twelve years as a reviewer I seldom saw a performance more relevant to this target group.
5 ★★★★★ – Leeuwarder Courant
“…add the magnificent play and singing of deliciously angry birds (Lucas Schilperoort, Jochem Smit), a dreamy bird (Rogier van Erkel) and one to fall in love with immediately (Sara Bannier) and there you have a quite brilliant theatre production truly suitable for all ages. That this production is well received in other countries even before the opening night is only justified. No: wonderfeej! Fansasmol!” – choice of the critic at Theaterkrant
Jibbe Willems won a Golden Cricket (Gouden Krekel) 2019 for his libretto for Jabberbabble. The Jury on Jibbe Willems:
“With his libretto for Jabberbabble from Theatergroep Kwatta, language virtuoso Jibbe Willems doesn’t only search for the boundaries of our language area, he skillfully jumps over them. For his Jabber-language he shops in different European languages in an extremely creative way, making the current theme of the refugee problem understandable for everyone from the age of six.”