Theatre Company NNT

The Noord Nederlands Toneel (NNT) theatre company

The NNT, led since 2009 by Ola Mafaalani, is nearing its 25th anniversary. The NNT is a tight-knit ensemble: Malou Gorter, Maartje van de Wetering, Peter Vandemeulebroecke, Bram van der Heijden, Jochem Stavenuiter and Ko van den Bosch take the floor, with André Joosten as stage designer. In addition, a number of outstanding guests regularly work with the company, including noted actors such as Frank Lammers, Joris Smit, Joke Tjalsma and Albert Secuur, and young theatre makers Laura van Dolron and Sarah Moeremans. 



NNT: ’the story of one man, is the story of mankind’

Our society today is dictated by busy schedules and a chronic lack of time, causing people to lose sight of the truly important things in life. We all need to adjust constantly to an overwhelming and neverending stream of information and drastic changes that take place quicker than ever before in history. The NNT pauses the clock for an hour or two to address one of the most fundamental questions that we are confronted with in life: what do you do on this planet today, and what will you have changed when you leave this mortal coil. The theatre has a function: to provide trust. Trust in the strength and flexibility of your own culture enables you to examine its blemishes and absurd flaws without becoming adrift. And trust in the flexibility and unforeseen capabilities of people, which shows that our audience is able to stand up against change and uncertainty.


Social engineering

This concept, coined by Noam Chomsky, is the main focus of the NNT repertoire under artistic director Ola Mafaalani. Social engineering is the changing of our consciousness, step by step. Theatre encompasses insight in 2500 years of human life and interaction. 2500 years of experience in social, political and emotional mechanisms. The NNT combines a love for classical stories – tragedies as well as comedies – with a wayward but concrete zeal, right in the centre of society. This drives us onto the stage, but also into the street to apply the same creativity and enthusiasm. Being visible in the public space reminds people of the value of theatre and the place where it blossoms: the stage, where the artistic drive entwines social necessity with repetoire theatre in the most effective manner. The NNT also reaches out to other companies, such as dance company Club Guy & Roni. 


Ola Mafaalani

From 1990 to March 1992 Ola Mafaalani studied Theatre, Film and Television, German Studies, Anglistics and Political Science in Bochum, Germany. From 1992 to 1994 she enrolled at the University of Amsterdam for Theatre Studies. Having completed the doctoral phase in November 1994, she started working as freelance director. She continued her studies with the Master of Theatre at DasArts and worked as resident director at Toneelgroep Amsterdam, as well as directing plays in Belgium and the United States. In January 2009, Ola Mafaalani became artistic director and general director at the Noord Nederlands Toneel in Groningen.



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