THE MOOD OF RICARDO, a theatre performance. 

Ricardo is not doing well. Three people try to get a speculative grip on the mood of their mutual friend.

The main character recounts a challenging evening spent with three close friends. As they grapple with the troubled state of their mutual friend, the story unfolds with a  mix of intimate dialogue and philosophical musings. Through the main character's descriptions, we are transported through a range of perspectives from the microscopic to the meta-abstract.  
From the red blood cells that are bumping against each other like rubber boats while transporting oxygen in all bloodstream sitting around the table, to inescapable loneliness of most words in the world that, after they have been pronounced,
turned out to be mainly vibrations in the air.

The narrator shifts her focus from within the situation (observing the people she calls her friends because she can laugh with them about something she would cry about on her own) outside the situation (what else happens in the world at that time).

The gathering of the friends is rather an initial situation from where is freely associated than the start of a plot.

Plot does not interest me. I solely want to show the inner world of a person.
The crazy continuous relationship of man
with his own brain. 
It is one of the few rock-solid elements in my life that feels comfortable because of its consistent presence. At the same time, it is the hardest relationship in my life.  

That hold is beautifully ironic, poetic and interesting.

I want to investigate how I write a text that shows the humour and beauty of man in relation to his consciousness.

Press about The mood of Ricardo

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Due to COVID-19, the performance was unable to play at Over het IJ theater festival 2021. The text was published by De Nieuwe Toneelbibliotheek and nominated for Verse Tekst 2020 and for the Prins Bernards Cultuurfonds’ Theaterteksttalent Stipendium.