“Slavery is not something of the past. It still exists in the minds of all my people. But nobody wants to know that. Everybody wants to forget that period – white people too, for different reasons. And that’s why it is still important.” The great-grandparents of today’s Dutch immigrants were slaves themselves, so when an elderly Suriname lady tells school children about her early memories, the story goes much deeper than the dead-end jobs of those allowed to remain.
Ad de Bont was born in 1949 and is a playwright and director. He studied Dramaturgy in Amsterdam, and went on to form the young people’s theatre company Wederzijds, where he was Artistic Director from 1982 until 2009. Ad has written, devised and directed a number of award-winning plays for young audiences.