Poppenkast Theater (Puppetshow Theatre)
One of the shows tells the story of the balloon lady
The show is entirely in Dutch. There are many things in the original Dutch that are said this way because they rhyme or are puns or sayings that have a double meaning in this context so while the below tries to convey their meaning or english equivalents they won’t rhyme and they won’t pun.
It should still give you an idea of what’s going on in the story regardless.
"Welcome! the puppet theatre is open
Fam Pieck may I invite you in
Yep stop! Stop! Enough ! Thank you
Welcome, welcome in our puppet theatre.
Yes you know how it starts we’re just going to, close some curtains because look.
Welcome to the smallest theatre you’ve ever visited.
One two hep.
With the smallest artists and not to be forgotten, the biggest stories you’ve never heard
Welcome in our puppet theatre.
Is everyone comfortable? Yeah? Has everyone found a seat?
Good, good yes, my name is August , please, August is the name, August, Aug and this, this is Aagje.
Aagje? Aagje? Oh no now we’re in trouble.Eh Aagje? Aagje?
Have any of you seen my Aagje by any chance?
No ? Aagje Aagje?
Help me call for her. Aagje, no stop, stop . Let me explain this first, it might be better.
This here is a puppet theatre, the curtains are closed right now because we haven’t started yet. We can’t start without Aagje. A puppet theatre is a bit different to watching television. You're all familiar with screens in this modern age but no, a puppet show is something different. With a puppet show something is expected of you. With a television you can just sit and watch. But with a puppet show! You have to do something and that is something we puppet performers like to refer to with this beautiful word ‘participation ‘ You get it, that’s nice.
What I’m about to do is I’m going to count to three and then all of us will shout together in unison ‘Aagje!’ because that’s what my monkey is called.
So lets try it out for practice.
Here we go, one two three ‘Aagje’.
That was a fine first attempt but not everyone joined in so let’s go again. One three two, ‘Aagje!’
Did you see something? Hear something? No one? Look under the bench, under your seat please, check your bag please, your bag, your bag. It’s quite a curious Aagje, no monkey.
Oh oh! Sshh shh Did you hear that? I’ll be right back. I'll see you there. Well actually you’ll see me there . You don’t have to worry. Everything always works out, Good, good, good, hat! Ok . Then I go, See you soon!
August: It’s so dark in here I can’t see my hand in front of my face , Aagje, Aagje, Aagje where are you? Hello? Hello? Hello? Can you all hear me? Are you all still there? Lets see, wait a minute, yes!
Oh look, there you are! Eh , I’m going to do what i do best, open the curtains, here we go
Bpbpbpbpbpbpbpbp there, oh! That’s unfortunate, nevermind it happens, yep dpdpdpdpdpdpdpdp whoa oh ! Erm let’s try that again. Let’s see, 1 a 2 a 3 hop!
August: Wait a minute. You guys can shout really loudly, we know this . But could you also blow? Can you? Good then I’ll count to three and we will all blow as hard as we can. Yeah here we go, one two three blow! Harder! Puff up those cheeks! No raspberries. Blow! Ah
Balloon lady: Look at that, woohoo!.
Wohoo, where the balloons go ! I go!
August: What was that? Did you hear that? blow again!
Balloon lady: Woohoo, let it swish, who has blown me up above the houses?!
August: Eh, the wind, eh the wind eh the puffy cheek wind eh! There’s work to do. I must find Aagje. Let's shout together one last time , one three two Aagje!
Balloon lady: Yonder! On the roof of the bakery. I can see it from here, what a curious thing.
August: Who? What? Aah
Balloon lady: A monkey? You’re looking for a monkey, yes?
August: Who said that?
Balloon lady: You said that.
August: Huh? Where are you? I don’t see you.
Balloon lady: Ah tell me something I don’t know, I see them all, they come and go. Not me though.
August: OH, hello lady, sorry I don’t have time for this story right now, I really must find Aagje you see.
Allright do you think you could help me one more time? Then I will count to three again and we will all shout for Aagje, here we go, one two three!
Balloon lady: Eh balloon?
August: Oh oh oh ! You’re here already?
Balloon lady: A wonder on a string , as you can see.
August: Ah, no time, on the roof of the bakery you said? Sorry, I really must go now. Aagje, Aagje, Where are you? Aagje?
Balloon lady: Ah it has probably gone from there already. I’ll just stay here.
Balloons? Beautiful balloons? Balloons in all the colours and a string to the sun. Oh mister! Something for you? A balloon?
Man: You must be messing with me young lady !
I haven't bought any balloons since I was a child!
Balloon lady: Well then you must have also forgotten what it felt like
Man:To buy a balloon?
Balloon lady: To be as happy as a child! You can have one for free, isn’t that nice?
Man:I never do anything for nothing. And anyone who does is mad.
Balloon lady: Won’t you make the children happy then? You can have them with the string and all.
Man: Get away with you! I don’t have any children. I don’t even have a wife.
Balloon lady: You needn't make such a big deal out of it. I’m only trying to brighten your day.
Man: Well that’s not going to happen. Not with me! *grumbles*
Balloon lady: Balloons? Beautiful balloons? Balloons in all the colours. Beautiful balloons. Balloons in all the colours. Oeh! Look now, maybe you m’am. You can choose whatever colour you like.
Woman: What, for me? Don’t be so silly lady, I’m not going to walk around looking daft holding a balloon. It obviously clashes terribly with my fancy coat.
Balloon lady: Oh as a blind person judging colours. It mostly doesn’t suit your disposition.
Woman: Ah, go away lady, I’m in a hurry. I must go to my car before I get a ticket!
Balloon lady: Balloons? Beautiful balloons? Balloons in all the colours. Balloons? Beautiful balloons? On a string to the sun.
Mister? Hello? Oh you’re busy, never mind. Ah I see them all. They come. And they go. And who hasn’t gone. Is seen. And so I stay.
Aagje: Oe oe oe oe oe
Balloon lady: Hey there, sweet animal. Have you come to my balloon party.
Aagje: Oe oe oe oe oe
Balloon lady: Oh ! you must go to your master! He is looking for you. Hop to it! Hurry!
Aagje: Oe oe oe oe oe
Balloon lady: Yes, aren’t they cheerful? I blew a little extra love and hope into them today
Aagje: Oe oe oe oe oe
Balloon lady: I’m sorry sweet monkey. I don’t have a balloon for you. You don’t have anything to wish for. It’s the other way around.
Aagje: Oe oe oe oe oe
Balloon lady: No, no! Be careful with those sharp nails of yours or you’ll break them!
Do you see the yellow one? It probably brings luck. I blew it for August. He hopes to find you soon. Say monkey, come here. Turn around, then I’ll tie it to your tail.
Officer: Halt! Ho! Stop!
Balloon lady: Hey ! Don’t go away! Who hasn’t gone. Is seen! You’re better off standing still!
Officer: Halt! Ho! Stop! *sirens* In the name of the law this is too much! What’s this? Selling balloons? Animals roaming freely! This is strictly forbidden by law! Hullo, young lady ! Come back to Mr Officer here. Yep, come on. Young lady? Yep this way. What are we doing here? What are we going to do?
Balloon lady: Ah officer, it’s only a lovely yellow or perhaps a red
Officer: What do we have here? Are you trying to bribe an officer with a balloon?
Balloon lady: For the watchful officer, because you always know thief from innocent.
Officer: You’re not allowed to walk around with those balloons. It’s strictly forbidden by law! I ought to write you a ticket you know!
Balloon lady: Oh oh oh officer. I’m not doing it to make money. I’m doing it to do something nice for the people. I see so many people around me grumbling, sad. Surely a balloon can help. Don’t you think?
Officer: Nothing to do with it! You’re in the way with all those balloons. I’m going to go fetch my book.
Balloon lady: Oh oh oh officer! You can’t be serious! You’re not going to write me a ticket are you ? I’ve never had this happen, not in all my years. I know it now. My time here has ended.
Children? Children? Are you still there?
Officer: Children? What children? I don’t see any children?
Balloon lady: You only see what you want to see, officer.
Children. Can you do me a favour? Could you blow for me? Like you did at the start? Go ahead, blow.
The kids like me, they bring me puffy cheek wind. Can’t you hear it?
Officer: No, I don't hear any children. But I will write you this ticket!
Balloon lady: Blow! Harder! Puff up those cheeks! Blow! Kids blow! no raspberries. Blow!
Officer: So, breaking the law, selling without a licence, at least, if I can hold on to my book. Whoaa the wind is terribly strong.
Balloon lady: Blow, the puffy cheek wind knows what to do with balloons. Blow! More! More! Wohoo! Where the balloons go, I go too!
Officer: Well, outrageous, there she goes, balloons and all up in the air. Hey halt! You can’t do this lady!
Balloon lady: Too late officer!, too late! The people here don’t need my balloons anymore . I’m floating over the roof tops!
Ooooo how strong you blow. The wind won’t let me down. I keep going higher and higher. Look at me hanging between the sky and the earth on a string to the moon, all alone, at my age.
Oh I’m getting a bit tired now and the wind is so cold and clammy and grey and brisk. Oh the wind is so brisk, Oh dear what a fright, did a balloon just pop?
Balloon lady: Oh look at that, bless you little monkey
Aagje: Thank you.
Balloon lady: Oh! I must be going crazy, you can talk!
Aagje: You can talk!
Balloon lady: Hey don’t mimic me!
Aagje: I’m not mimicking you.
Balloon lady: You are!
Aagje:I’m oe not!
Balloon lady: No, not now.
Aagje: No not now.
Balloon lady: But now you are!
Aagje:Yes now I am!
Balloon lady: You’re snot nosed brat you are…
Balloon lady: Oh you caught a cold from this inclement weather, I’m sorry sweet monkey. That balloon was supposed to take you back to August.
Aagje: Ooo ooo ooo.
Balloon lady: Yes how, yes what a question, how. How the balloon dances on the wind. How it bobs and tumbles and bounces back. Just like with weaving, you decide if and how you fill it.
Fill it with hope and it lets you float. And once it shrivels your wishes have been fulfilled. Ah, that’s the magic of a balloon, monkey. Childsplay.
Balloon lady: You must go down.
Aagje:You must go down.
Balloon lady: Oh look, there’s the fancy lady, The puff cheek wind took her hat! Now she’s running circles around the square.
And look there! There’s the grumbling old man with his chagrin. He’s trying to help her now. What a lovely picture. So many people, so many people it warms the heart.
Aagje: oo oo.
Balloon lady: Thank you sweet monkey. You’re like a little sun. Floating by your little yellow balloon. Hmm with a dress.
Do you hear that? The wind stopped… Oh no! AAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!
Balloon lady: Oooohh, oohh, ooohhh and now this! Oooh ooh oh oh all these branches! I’ve gone and wound up in a tree! Oohh aauuw My balloons! I must be careful of my balloons. Hello?
August: Aagje! Aagje! Aagje! Aagje where are you? Oh hey hello, you’re here too? I’m still looking for my monkey.
Balloon lady: Say! I’m not here up here for fun you know.
August: Oh! Hello lady, you, you, you’re here again? I’m still looking for my monkey you see.
Balloon lady: Say! I could use a hand!
August: True, I know! Children, do you think you could help one last time? All of us in unison one more time ‘Aagje’. Are you ready? One two three
Aagje: oo oo oo oo oo oo oo
August: Hey there you are! Where have you been all this time? What a lovely balloon. A yellow one That’s my favourite colour. Were you given that?
Balloon lady: Say! I hope I won’t have to celebrate my 80th birthday up here!
August: Go on Aagje, go and give that nice lady a hand. Climb that tree. Or better yet, use your teeth.
Balloon lady: Ok, come on monkey, a bit higher, you’re nearly there, higher. Careful! You’ll break them! Oh well, needs must. Go on and bite a few.
-pop- -pop- -pop- -pop-
August: Hello lady.
Balloon lady: Oh! Hello August.
August:Sorry about the balloons lady.
Balloon lady: Oh it’s nothing. I’d best be going.
August: Go where ?
Balloon lady: No idea. Where the balloons go, I go.
August: Well what do you think of this square. The people here are always happy and they love balloons! Don’t they children?
Balloon lady: Oh I’ll think about it August. This one is for you.
August: Thank you.
Balloon lady: I should be thanking you! Thank you August. Thank you children. And thank you monkey.
August: Bye lady.
Balloon lady: Bye August.
August: Bye lady. See you later! See you soon!
Hey Aagje you really must tell me where you go. And I have so much to tell you. And you have a lot to tell me it seems.
Oh you’re looking for the balloon lady? She had to fly. Looking for another square. To cheer up the people. Come Aagje. We’re going back to our own square.
🎶🎵On a square is a lady with balloons, lada die, that lady smiles to cheerfully at you and at me ja ta ta tie ta ta ba ba doo…🎶🎵
🎶🎵On a square is a lady with balloons on a string, that lady smiles to cheerfully at you and at me. Take a balloon. All the colours are there, Such a balloon, such a balloon makes the people so happy. And that’s why you shall get a balloon, a balloon, from me. 🎶🎵
Theatre closed. "