Some birds build a nest and choose to stay in it forever. Others are restless and fly back and forth. In summer they are here, in winter they stay there. There are ne’er-do-wells, wanderers, worriers, fortune-seekers and wildlings.

But what happens when birds of different feathers flock together? Do they communicate? Do they understand each other? Do they think the other one is an odd bird, and push it out of their nest? Or, do they share their dreams and make room for each other?

Gree              Goedeli…!
Grau              Good goo…!
Gree              Bon bon…!
Grau              Mornay!

Jabberbabble is a show about four birds and one nest. Nobody understands their jibber jabber lingo. But what if we don’t speak the same language, but still manage to understand each other? Maybe, before long, we won’t be strangers anymore.

Jabberbabble is a family show for all ages. The show is entirely sung, as it should be with birds.

Gouden krekel

Jibbe Willems won a Golden Cricket (Gouden Krekel) 2019 for his libretto for Jabber. The Jury on Jibbe Willems:

“With his libretto for Jabber from Theatergroep Kwatta, language virtuoso Jibbe Willems doesn’t only search for the boundaries of our language area, he skilfully jumps over them. For his Jabber-language he shops in different European languages in an extremely creative way, making the current theme of the refugee problem understandable for everyone from the age of six.”


script: Jibbe Willems
direction: Josee Hussaarts
Rogier Bosman
cast: Sarah Bannier, Rogier van Erkel, Lucas Schilperoort, Jochem Smit
piano: Edzo Bos
scenery and costumes: Barbara Kroon
lighting design: Paul van Laak
technical director: Thijs Kempers


“In my twelve years as a reviewer I seldom saw a performance more relevant to this target group.”
Leeuwarder courant, Nov 2018

“All equal in brilliant, nonsensical youth opera”
Theaterkrant, Oct. 2018

about performing Jabber internationally

“It is truly a privilege to play for these kids, most of whom are looking at a theatre play for the first time and who are really watching and listening, all wide-eyed and amazed. Every other available square meter in the theatre was filled up by the adults from the village who wanted to see the play as well.”  – Interview Dutch Culture

Blogpost: Jabberbabble embarks on another international tour after receiving praise from audiences in China

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