Flip Broekman (schrijver) is een Nederlandse toneel- en liedjesschrijver. Sinds 1981 schrijft hij teksten voor (kinder) toneel, cabaret, televisie, radio en muziektheater. Hij was langere tijd verbonden aan Theatergroep Carroussel en schreef liedteksten voor o.a. AdŤle Bloemendaal, Jenny Arean en Lenette van Dongen.
Flip Broekman (schrijver) is een Nederlandse toneel- en liedjesschrijver. Sinds 1981 schrijft hij teksten voor (kinder) toneel, cabaret, televisie, radio en muziektheater. Hij was langere tijd verbonden aan Theatergroep Carroussel en schreef liedteksten voor o.a. Adèle Bloemendaal, Jenny Arean en Lenette van Dongen. Hij was medebewerker van de Ro Theatervoorstelling Ja Zuster, Nee Zuster, en schreef onder andere diverse stukken voor Theater Bellevue. Voor Hummelinck Stuurman maakte hij samen met Lodewijk de Boer de toneelbewerking van Bergman's Herfstsonate (Toneel Publieksprijs 2006) en schreef hij samen Thomas Verborgt de komedie OUD VUIL. Zijn musical HERA werd in 2009 genomineerd voor de Musical Awards.
Flip Broekman geeft les aan Schrijversvakschool Amsterdam.
Emma works as a housekeeper for Mr. Kalsbeek, a flamboyant former Secretary of State. When he fires her without notice, her world collapses. At that moment her grandson discovers that Kalsbeek has used both him and his grandmother in the dirty legal battle between himself and his ex-wife. What will he do with this knowledge? Emma’s party is a tragi comedy for two actors and one actress, about dreamers, frauds en blackmailers against their will.
For forty years the characters of Emma and Kalsbeek, former secretary of State, kept very much to themselves. Now their lives come together when Kalsbeek drags Emma and Maarten, her grandson, into a legal fight with his ex wife.
The events evolve rapidly and it seems that Kalsbeek is calling the shots. What he didn’t hold in to account though is Emma’s strong willpower and intuition.
This adds a whole new dimension to the plot. What follows is an accumulation of hope, despair, luck, success and failure until the true nature of the characters is revealed.
Maarten, torn between his grandmother’s and Kalsbeek’s way of life, tries to get his live in order. However he doesn’t know how too. Should he do it Kalsbeek’s way by pursuing the easy money through bluff, fraud and slipping through the net? All this just to enrich himself and his friends? Or should he view life more like his grandmother, who, although set backs, enjoys the small things in life; having fun with her grandson and being close with friends and family? He is torn…until the end.
More about Emma’s party
Kalsbeek, former Secretary of State, tries to put his own house in order by misusing Emma’s grandson who lacks any form of ambition. However he doesn’t foresee that Emma will turn out to be the initiator of his downfall.
Blinded by arrogance, Kalsbeek doesn’t understand how others can doubt his judgement and plans. Least of all his housekeeper who he only tolerates because of her servitude for years on end.
Slowly Emma, at he end of her life, decides she wants to see things for what they are. She stood by him when he went through rough times and she won’t accept that he wants to set her aside without forcing him to see her for who she really is. Willingly and unwillingly, her grandson is the instrument and nor he, nor Kalsbeek see how Emma is directing it all. In this role she will triumph in the surprising close.
Emma is a housekeeper about to retire. Her employer is a former Secretary of State who she remained loyal too throughout hard times. Not so much out of respect but more out of mercy. The idea that she and her employer have developed a form of friendship throughout the years makes her sentimental. When it becomes evident that he wants to use her for his own schemes, she silently revolts.
Kalsbeek who lives off his unlawfully gained capital, is a man who takes pride in his job as a Secretary of State which he executed for a whole three months. He is vain, arrogant and disrespectful to Emma, whom he considers dirt under his feet. Their friendship, of which Emma assumes is real, is mere calculation. Something he takes for granted. He takes pride in his material prosperity.
Maarten is Emma’s grandson and lives with her ever since his parents died at a car crash. He loves his grandmother but takes advantages of her kindness by doing nothing else than protesting occasionally. He thinks he understands the world but has to acknowledge that his grandmother is better at it than he.
He dislikes characters like Kalsbeek and tries everything to bring him in disrepute.
According to the press
- Volkskrant (large national daily paper); ‘The dialogues are often funny, the story occasionally takes unexpected turns, the décor is outstanding and the actors are very convincing.’
- GPD (large regional daily paper); ‘With this play, two actors with outstanding careers in the business, are given the opportunity to underline their qualities in comedy play.’
- Theaterjournaal (online theatre journal); ‘Again, Hummelinck Stuurman Theaterbureau, succeeded in producing a wonderful play. Good story, excellent cast and a simple but outstanding décor.’
About the author
Flip Broekman started his career as a songwriter and has worked with the best Dutch directors over the years. He prefers to write his plays in consultation with the actors. The pleasure with which the productions are being made shows in the actual play, which has become his trademark.
Although he now writes comedies for Hummelinck Stuurman Theaterbureau, intended for a large audience, he also writes for children (Dutch Sesame Street), comedy (Adele Bloemendaal), opera (Kees Wieringa), pop music (de Dijk) and musical (Hera). About ‘Oud vuil’, one of his plays he wrote for Hummelinck Stuurman Theaterbureau, the GPD (large daily paper) wrote; ‘It IS possible. A Dutch comedy that actually is funny with a few edgy remarks that makes the whole audience laugh. Above that; seeing Jules Croiset having fun at his job as an actor, for everyone to see. In short, Oud Vuil is a play you can’t miss because history is being written with it.’
In writing his plays Flip Broekman often uses the advise of his two main dramatists Anthon Fasel en Saskia de Ruiter.
Emma's feest / Emma's Party / Emmas Fest / Emma'nın Veda Partisi
Wie is er bang voor Virginia Woolf?
Van der Vlugt & Co Ė Met Andere Oogen
Braamtheater - Jaloezie & Afgunst
Ronald Snijders - WELKE SHOW
Kiki Schippers - Wie Kijkt? (REPRISE)
Anne Neuteboom - Weg
Pieter Verelst - Mijn broer en ik
Patrick Nederkoorn - Het komt nu wel heel dichtbij
De Brandstichting - Gummi de Vis (2+)
Gouwe Ouwe (REPRISE)
Mooi weer vandaag
Van der Vlugt & Co - Met Andere Oogen
Ronald Snijders - WELKE SHOW (REPRISE)
Kiki met band
Kiki Schippers - WAAR
Anne Neuteboom - Weg (REPRISE)
Anne Neuteboom - Kijk haar gaan
Patrick Nederkoorn - Het komt nu wel heel dichtbij (REPRISE)
Pieter Verelst - Mijn broer en ik (REPRISE)
Louise Korthals - Alles is er