Intrepid Tongues

Ten finalist of the University of Sheffield curated and produced a cultural event with poetry, music, stand-up and debate at The Dutch Centre, London: Intrepid Tongues.

The evening was the result of ten weeks of research into the social and political engagement of young Flemish and Dutch artists.

This website is a record of the project and its outcomes. This video is an impression of the evening in London.

The students of Dutch invited three young performers from the Dutch and Flemish art scene, the renowned cabaret duo, De Gebroeders Fretz, and poet and finalist of the Leids Cabaretfestival, Maud Vanhauwaert.

fretz1JOHAN FRETZ: Dutch writer, actor and stand-up comedian, Johan Fretz (1985) completed his studies at the Amsterdamse Toneelschool and Kleinkunstacademie in 2010. Together with Marcel Harteveld, the two make up the cabaret duo De Gebroeders Fretz. Following Johan’s debut novel Fretz 2025, De Gebroeders Fretz are currently touring the Netherlands with their show Fretz 2025: Revolte! Johan is a columnist for de Volkskrant and a regular guest on the Dutch talk shows De Wereld Draait Door and Pauw en Witteman.  

MARCEL HARTEVELD: Marcel Harteveld (1984) is a Dutch actor, singer and theatre-maker. In 2006, after dabbling with computer sciences, Harteveld had a drastic change of heart and decided to audition for the Amsterdamse Toneelschool and Kleinkunstacademie. It was here that he was able to fully give into his love of music and develop himself as a cabaret artist. In 2008, he performed in Marcus Azzini’s “Skin, Sex en Rock ‘n Roll” as a singer and guitarist at the Dutch travelling theatre festival de Parade. In 2009, Harteveld appeared again at the festival, this time playing all male roles in “Absolutely Doomed” – a punk-comedy written and directed by Tom de Ket. Harteveld makes up one half of the cabaret duo De Gebroeders Fretz.


Photo by Annie Boedt

Maud Vanhauwaert (1984) studied Dutch Language and Literature at the University of Antwerp and received a Master’s diploma in Professional Multilingual Communication before gaining a further Masters in Drama at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. Maud entwines her two practices: performance and poetry. Her poems are not only intended for the stage, but also read well on paper. In 2011, Vanhauwaert’s well-received debut volume of poetry Ik ben mogelijk was published by the reputable publishing house Querido.

According to de Volkskrant, which recently awarded her with the Dutch-Flemish Vrouw Debuutprijs 2011-2013, the volume is “a rich, intense collection”. As a finalist in this year’s Leids Cabaret Festival, Vanhauwaert is currently touring the Netherlands with the two other finalists.