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Napoleon, William and an English soldier

picture of napoleonI was commissioned by Promotie Zeeland Delta (the tourism board of the Dutch province of Zeeland) to write three historical monologues. These form the basis of three short films (1 minute each) that you can download on your phone.

Each film takes place in the town of Veere. Napoleon grumbles about his brotheer who is not taking proper care of the fortifications of the town. William of Orange muses about the future of his son Maurits in Veere during a short respite from the festivities in honour of his recent marriage. And in the final film an English soldier laments his fate after he and his comrades have fallen ill with ‘Zeeland fever’.

Not all these stories are very upbeat. But they do give a nice overview of historical Veere. Writing these monologues was a great assignment for me. I have written audio monologues before, but this was the first time I wrote anything for film. The fictional element of the films was a first too.  At the moment it is not yet clear when the apps with the short historical films will be available. The films will be made this week.

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