ShELFISH produces and presents the work of theatre maker Veerle van Overloop, with a strong belief in hybrid-disciplined theatre with a social-political involvement. The projects define themselves in co-creating an event of theatre with its spectator; co-creating a common time and space to share and reflect on complex and difficult sides of our individual and shared existence and environment.

uncomfortable, confronting, intimate, moving yet unavoidable questions emerging from subjects straight out of the heart of society.

The projects offspring from uncomfortable, confronting, intimate, moving yet unavoidable questions emerging from subjects straight out of the heart of society.

ShELFISH beliefs in theatre as place to discover things you don’t know yet or you don’t want to know. We see theatre as an opportunity of common solidarity to judge what happens around, an opportunity to question our laws and behaviour.
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Veerle van Overloop (1969, Belgium) graduated in 1994 at the Theatre School Arnhem. Since then, she worked as an actress in various theater and production companies such as Ro Theater, Theater van het Oosten, ‘t Barre Land, Frascati, Noord Nederlands Toneel and Club Guy & Roni. She collaborated with many renowned theatre, TV and film directors and choreographers like Guy Cassiers, Erik de Bruyn, Mathijs Rümke, Geert Lageveen, Peter de Baan, Alize Zantwijk, Stefanie Kolk and Koen Augustijnen. She had a supporting role in the Oscar Award winning film Antonia by Marleen Gorris and a leading role in the internationally awarded short film The Bloody Olive by Vincent Bal.

Between 2001 and 2009, Van Overloop was an ensemble member of the theatre company Noord Nederlands Toneel (NNT) in Groningen under the artistic directorship of Koos Terpstra. In that same period, she met Guy Weizman and Roni Haver from Club Guy & Roni. From 2009 Van Overloop collaborated with their dance company for several productions, both as a dramaturge and as a performer. From 2017 to 2020 Van Overloop was part of the NNT artistic ensemble under the artistic leadership of Guy Weizman.

Van Overloop made her directorial debut with The Jungle is our House (2016), a production by Club Guy & Roni. A year later she founded her own production structure ShELFISH. In August 2018, her second project One Million People and Me premiered at Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen. In 2019 she created the documentary performance What Lies Beneath. In that same year she also embarked on an extensive field research in the youth care sector in preparation of her newest production Life & Times, which will premiere in 2021.

The coming years ShELFISH will produce and present in association with Grand Theatre Groningen.