|Play dates||25 & 26 February 2014|
Adapting a novel for the stage is not an easy task, but Pien de Kruijf, Pilar Kurban and Kimbly Pullens pulled it off. The use of a narrator and live singing added new aspects to the Company’s repertoire, not to mention the meters and meters of unbleached cotton – and some black – that were used to create the costumes for the play.
The prop kettle used by apprentice Lya, the real cabbage leaves in it, the burlap sacks and brightly coloured patchwork blankets further contributed to a beautifully bleak design for a story that was sometimes difficult to play because of the emotions involved, but knew a happy ending nonetheless.
Master of the Mill is the Cobbenhagen Company's own adaptation of "Krabat", a German young adult novel written by Otfried Preussler - a dark fairytale about friendship and the choice between good and evil.
England, the 9th century. Young wanderer Wulf is called to the Mill in the Dead Marsh - a Mill where its Master teaches his seven apprentices more than the miller's trade: the Mill is a school for the dark arts.
Wulf soon feels at home at the Mill very soon - at least he has got a roof over his head and enough to eat - but he discovers, too, that the life of an apprentice there is not without danger. The Master does not tolerate any form of opposition.
But when Wulf gets to know the May Queen of the nearby village of Burnholm, he eventually begins to see a chance to escape the Master of the Mill...
|The May Queen||Jet Nitsche|
|The Master||Hajco Bodewes|
|Lya – apprentice at the Mill||Kimbly Pullens|
|Ferra – First Apprentice||Pauline Hanckmann|
|Edwys – apprentice||Pien de Kruijf|
|Edgar – apprentice||Ivar van der Steen|
|Gill – apprentice||Pilar Kurbán|
|Herewald – apprentice||Reccardo de Wijs|
|Wynne – apprentice||Robyn Coeshott|
|Pip - apprentice||Jasper van Tongeren|
|The Woman in Red||Marieke van Zoelen|
|Thomas of Burnholm||Sem Elands|
|Aelf (soldier)||Richie Tessensohn|
|Dudda (soldier)||Senn van de Sande|
|Orm (soldier)||Jop Spijkers|
|Two women from Burnholm||Renee Gommers, Kiek Pijpers|
|The May Dancers||Lara Lanslots, Floor Veldmeijer, Ylana Pasman|
|Wulf and Pip’s friend||Lara Lanslots|
|Written by||Pien de Kruijf, Pilar Kurbán, Kimbly Pullens, Thessa van Aerde|
|Directed by||Thessa van Aerde|
|Art direction||Jeanne Kneuse|
|Set construction||Ton Sips|
|Graphic design||Tristen Haumahu Loes Jussen Evelyn Janssens Alperen Elver|
|Costumes||Mijke Akkermans, Bente van Vastenhoven, Sanne Nelis, Lara Lanslots|
|Stage design||Jeroen van Meurs, Simone de Kort, Sanne Akkermans, Menno Riemen, Tim Nonnekes, Pavel Promnik|
|Hair & Make-up||Rikkie Nitsche Monique Smit Sanne Akkermans|
|Props||Andrea Mateijsen, Joëlle van Vessem, Renate van Vugt|
|PR||Femke van Disseldorp, Robin Bredo, Jorn de Vos, Cindy van Miltenburg, Brigitte Geerman|
|Video||Sander Akkermans, Soufyan Mazouz, Yannick Wirjosentono|