Click here for a radio recording (Dutch) where Ilse talks about the project.
”Whether you have ADHD yourself or not, Ilse knows how to take you with her stories about life with a overcrowded brain.”
~ Roy de Beunje, Thema Tijdschriften Amsterdam
”Such an intimate piece, It almost feels like walking into someone’s living room.”
~ Samia Amrani Akdi, Gemeente Amsterdam
“That’s the problem with being an adult: people have already made up their minds about us; we’ve even made up our minds about ourselves.”
~ ― Edward M. Hallowell
”My thoughts are beautiful but they are like butterflys, they fly away.”
~ ― Edward M. Hallowell
My Electric House
My life with ADHD has two sides where I tilt from one side to the other. One side is colourful, stimulating, variously, adventurous, creative, and surprising. The other side means hard work, ‘a lot’ in general, oversensitive, unstable, and challenging.
What does a ADHD brain look like? What kind of things does someone with ADHD experience? In this play, I share true stories and anecdotes that tell something about living with an ADHD brain. I show the positive and challenging sides and the less positive consequences and even dangers.
A physical and musical theatre performance about ADHD, why?
After a try-out from one part of the show, a parent of a child with ADHD came to me and said almost relieved: “It’s as if for the first time, I can be happy that my child has ADHD!”
That’s exactly what I want to achieve. That people do not develop the idea that someone with ADHD has a disorder but a brain full of challenges, full of creativity and possibilities. I want to make people without an ADHD brain curious about how an ADHD brain works and also wonder how their own brain works. And stimulate people to cultivate their talents instead of focusing on so-called constraints or limitations.
And I ask myself: is it really us or is it the chaotic, fast, crazy world of today? How does this world affect us and how can we make chaos a force? The stories in the show reflect this time and are told in a very lively way with a mix of humour and tragedy. From the little girl at school who did not fit in the system to the mature person who chose to create her own rules and choose her own way.
Because I wanted to know everything about my brain, I travelled the world to interview different specialists. The most memorable encounter was with Edward Hallowell, a psychiatrist from New York, ADHD expert and ADHD-er himself, who I met in London. After all the conversations and research there was only one thing I wanted to do: share the results with as many others as possible. First, in my columns for BALANS magazine, and now, on stage.
In 2013 I graduated from the International Theatre School of Jacques Lecoq in Paris. There I studied and played with people of 26 different nationalities. That has strengthened my curiosity about other cultures and the desire to tour in different countries. This performance is set up in a way that makes this easy to realize:
No complicated decor.
No complicated music installations.
I’m lucky to speak three languages so I can play it everywhere.
Beautiful music by cellist Mascha van Nieuwkerk, recorded with a Loop station, which I can take along everywhere.
A tight and bright light scheme, so I’ll not dependent on a regular technician, but can pass the light plan to a local technician while touring.
On my own, on stage, to grow further as an artist, because I simply do not depend on other people’s agendas. Furthermore, the costs are considerably lower.