Monologue by Valentijn Dhaenens

with Richard Jordan Productions in association with De Tijd and STUK

He who picks his words well can turn the weakest argument into the strongest. The absolute truth doesn’t exist. It is just a pretty lie for those who desire world power, or just the hand of their beloved.

In a tour de force performance, Valentijn Dhaenens pays tribute to 2,500 years of oration. Ingeniously weaving together fragments of seminal speeches from not only the Grand Inquisitor and Socrates to Mohammed Ali and Osama Bin Laden, Bigmouth shows that the tricks of rhetoric have hardly changed.

With five microphones on a bare set, his voice and indefatigable energy, Dhaenens traverses sermons, declarations of war, farewells, final arguments, victory speeches and eulogies from across time. Bigmouth has captivated audiences in Belgium and the Netherlands. SKaGeN follows hot on the heels of Ontroerend Goed as one of the most exciting European companies to come to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Brilliant … a fascinating experience.” The Guardian


Direction & Performance:

Valentijn Dhaenens

Light & Sound Design:

Jeroen Wuyts

Costume Design:

Barbara De Laere


SKaGeN, Richard Jordan Productions and STUK Leuven

About Richard Jordan Productions:

Richard Jordan is an Olivier and TONY award-winning producer. His London-based company Richard Jordan Productions Ltd was founded in 1998 and has produced over 180 productions in the UK as well as 18 other countries, including 54 world premieres and 59 European, Australian or US premieres enjoying associations with many of the world’s leading theatres and arts organisations.
Described by The Stage newspaper as “one of the UK’s most prolific theatre producers”, Richard has been at the forefront of developing and presenting works by a diverse range of established and emerging writers and artists.
He has been named seven times in The Stage newspaper’s top 100 theatre professionals and was the first recipient of the TIF/Society of London Theatre Producers Award. He has been nominated for the TMA Award for Outstanding Achievement in UK Regional Theatre and was a finalist in the first-ever British Council UK Creative Entrepreneur Award. In 2010, for recognition of his work and contribution to the UK and international theatre industries, Richard was chosen for lifetime inclusion in A & C Black’s annual publication, Who’s Who. He was nominated as Best Producer at the 2012 Off-West End Awards.
Most recently in the UK his co-production of Roadkill won the 2012 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement at an Affiliate Theatre. In New York his co-production of Christopher Durang’s new play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, starring Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce, is winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best New Play, as well as the Drama Desk, Drama League, New York Critics, and Outer Critic Circle Best New Play Awards.
Richard’s other productions have won a variety awards including: eight Scotsman Fringe Firsts Awards; two Herald Angel Awards; two Total Theatre Awards; The Spirit of the Fringe Award; three Helen Hayes Awards; the Adelaide Festival Award; the US Black Alliance Award; the Lucille Lortel Award and the John Gassner Award for Best New American Play.

For all enquiries regarding the productions contact:
Richard Jordan Productions Ltd, Mews Studios, 16 Vernon Yard, London, W11 2DX
T: +44 (0) 207 243 9001Email:


Performed in Helsinki

19/08/2011 – 21/08/2011

(Helsinki Stage Festival)

Performed in Leuven

29/09/2011 – 01/10/2011

(STUK start)

Performed in Edinburgh

18/08/2012 – 26/08/2012

(Edinburgh Fringe Festival)

Performed in Brighton

09/05/2013 – 11/05/2013

(Brighton Festival)

Performed in Plymouth

14/05/2013 – 18/05/2013

(Drum Theatre Plymouth)

Performed in Warwick

21/05/2013 – 22/05/2013

(Warwick Arts Centre)

Performed in Bristol

24/05/2013 – 26/05/2013

(Mayfest Bristol)

Performed in London

02/07/2013 – 13/07/2013

( Soho Theatre)

Performed in New York

10/01/2014 – 19/01/2014

( Under The Radar)

Performed in Adelaide

27/02/2014 – 03/03/2014

( Adelaide Festival)

Performed in Edinburgh



Performed in Ljubljana


Performed in Spain Madrid

07/05/2015- 09/05/2015

Performed in Jersey UK

14/05/2015 – 15/05/2015

Performed in Poland Lublin

09/10/2015 – 10/10/2015

(Festiwal Konfrontacje Teatralne)

Performed in India Delhi

23/10/2015 – 26/10/2015

(FICCI Auditorium)

Performed in Toronto

19/01/2016 – 07/02/2016

(Panasonic Theatre)

Performed in Vancouver

11/02/2016 – 21/02/2016

(The Cultch)

Performed in Brisbane

25/02/2016 – 27/02/2016

(Brisbane Powerhouse)

Performed in Hong Kong

01/03/2016 – 04/03/2016

(Hong Kong Festival)

Performed in Auckland

15/03/2016 – 20/03/2016

(Auckland Festival)

Performed in Sweden

15/10/2016 – 30/10/2016


Performed in Finland

15/10/2016 – 30/10/2016

Performed in Denmark

01/11/2016 – 05/11/2016


Performed in London

November 2016

(Barbican Theatre)

Performed in Firenze

30/09/2017 - 01/10/2017

(Teatro de la Limonaia)

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