Bedtime Stories

Performancecollectief URLAND tells a dark tale

Once upon a time there was a young man who watched too many movies. He lost himself in the magic of fiction, he lost touch with the real world. How do I talk to a woman? Why do I have to die? How can I shape and change reality, like I can in my stories?

Thomas Dudkiewicz wrote and performs Bedtime stories. A polyphonic solo in the form of an audio play. The performance is a seance full of movie references in which he descends from his attic like a missionary and preaches the imagination. Storyteller Dudkiewicz tells this story about storytellers who tell each other Bedtime stories before bed and the story obviously bites its own tail. Every end is a new beginning. 

For this performance URLAND developed an 8 speaker-installation and their own technology to add extra dimension to the sound. The surround soundscape takes place around the audience. 

Bedtime stories was nominated for the BNG Nieuwe Theatermakersprijs 2016.


Concept and performance Thomas Dudkiewicz
Final direction Ludwig Bindervoet
Sound design Tomas Loos
Scenography and lighting design Marijn Alexander de Jong
Production manager Jessica Ridderhof
Graphic design Ruben Verkuylen
Business management Martha van Meegen
Business assistant Mara Liza de Bakker
Publicity/marketing Esra J. Merkel & Pien Visser
Photography Jochem Jurgens // Bas de Brouwer // Lonneke van der Palen

Special thanks to

Theater Rotterdam, Gemeente Rotterdam and Fonds Podiumkunsten

Played Venues

Oerol Festival, Singapore International Festival of Arts, Stadschouwburg Utrecht, Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Brisbane Festival , Frost Amphitheater, The City of Las Vegas presents at the Historic Fifth Street School, The Wallis - The Lovelace Theater, Bank of America Theatre / Eisemann Center , Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium, Mondavi Center