De kaas- en broodmoord
De Kaas- en Broodmoord is a musical radio play and podcast about a notorious Dutch peasant revolt from the late Middle Ages: the Cheese and Bread Riot of 1492. Angry farmers from West Friesland and Kennemerland then moved to the cities with the murder of the Schout as low point from Haarlem.
Theater Kwezel makes a radio play about this peasant protest combined with new performances of medieval music. This story can be heard in two parts. Part three of the series is an in-depth podcast in which director Marius Bruijn, together with experts on the subject, visits the historical places that play a role in the story. What can you still see and visit?
This production was originally intended as a show on location, but was always delayed due to the measures against covid-19. Now the piece has been transformed into a series of three podcasts. The project is a collaboration between professional actors, musicians, designers and amateur singers and as special guests several amateur actors from Twisk and Hoorn. It is a production by Theater Kwezel and Irrational Library Productions with thanks to the Noord-Hollands Archief and the Westfries Museum, among others.
The podcast describes a turbulent period in the history of Holland: the revolt of the Cheese and Bread people of 1492. In protest against the oppression and tax increases of the Habsburg Empire, Dutch farmers revolted en masse. They passed by Dutch cities in protest and looting. The low point was a bloody political murder of Rear Admiral Claes van Ruyven in Haarlem. As an artist, painter Gerrit van Haerlem (better known as Geertgen tot Sint Jans) stands in the midst of the warring parties and, as a cartoonist, provides 'avant la lettre' commentary on the event.
Wealth and poverty, elite and rebellion.
Are the elite and the people facing each other? This question was asked in 1492, but still more than 500 years later, of course. Although the political situation was very different in the Middle Ages, the sentiments surrounding power and power relations are timeless.
The role of West Friesland
Special recordings were made for the radio play on location in Twisk and in Hoorn. In Twisk is even included in the medieval village church that is now known as the cultural center Theaterkerk Hemels. As special guest actor in Twisk collaborated: André van der Luit, Henk Jan Visser and Sterre
Mentink (Mentink graduated from the Theater School at Nova College Haarlem last year). In Hoorn were the special guest actors: Ron Dol and Tineke Oosterlee. Thanks to Theaterkerk
Heavenly and Stichting Hoorn - Oude Muziek Nu.
In addition, artist Ella Siekman is intensively involved from Twisk. As a theater designer she had made beautiful costumes for the live performance. Now that this could not continue, she turned to her other expertise: Ancient and Renaissance flute music. In the musical radio play she plays various flute parts on authentic renaissance flutes. In addition to the radio play, an in-depth podcast has also been produced that examines the historical background of the Cheese and Bread Riot. For this, director Marius Bruijn has recorded lively interviews at historical locations with various experts from West Friesland.
With Yvonne Molenaer (Mooi Noord-Holland) we dive into the farming history of Twisk and West Friesland. We visit a late medieval farm in Oosterleek with archaeologist Dieuwertje Duijn. Together with city guide Ben van Tartwijk, we go in search of the remains of Hoorn Castle and highlight the special medieval 'bailiff's staff' in the Westfries Museum. All this with the cooperation of Archeology West-Friesland, the Westfries Museum and Vereniging Oud Hoorn.
Musicians Jeroen Roelofsen (keys), Ella Siekman (flutes) and singer Juliette van Dijk, assisted by some amateur singers, make beautiful versions of the various medieval songs used in the piece. The music is a combination of old music and contemporary new compositions, specially written for this by Jeroen Roelofsen.
Under the name Theater Kwezel, theater maker Marius Bruijn has been making performances, radio plays and other theatrical art productions, such as Hof van Holland (2018) and Dronkemansopera (2014), mostly on historical subjects for years. Over the years he has gathered a permanent group of artists around him,