Friday afternoon September 13, 1974, The Hague. Three members of the Japanese Red Army enter the French embassy and take eleven people hostage. Six Dutch and five French, including the French ambassador. For five days, Korte Voorhout turns into a closed off no man’s land and the Netherlands is turned upside down. The hostage takers are demanding a million dollars, a Boeing 737 and the release of a comrade captured in Paris.
September 2020, 46 years later. Firma MES tells the story of the people behind this -by many forgotten- event in a unique location. From the 21-year-old cop shot in the back, the mustachioed pilot turned into a folks hero, politicians in ethical dilemmas, the controlled Japanese negotiator and the hostages and hostage-takers (one of which is still a fugitive). Experience this story in a unique way in the most famous pop temple in the city.
“Firma MES achieves a witty and credible result with limited resources” Theaterkrant
Visit De Gijzeling corona-proof in PAARD
PAARD and Firma MES offer visitors a Corona-proof experience. PAARD follows the protocol of Vereniging Nederlandse Poppodia en Festivals. This means that upon arrival, a number of questions are asked about health, so that visitors and staff are not at risk. A safe 1.5 meter routing has also been set up for the public. There are various disinfection stations distributed throughout the building for visitors and staff. In the 1.5 meter seated seating arrangement, solo and duo seating has been taken into account. A few days before the show, visitors will receive the most up-to-date information about the visit to PAARD.
Concept Firm MES
Directed by Thomas Schoots
Game Daan van Dijsseldonk, Roos Eijmers, Lindertje Mans
Technique Dario Giustarini
With special thanks to everyone involved
Video & scene photos Sjoerd Derine