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Jan van de Stool in PARTING THE RED CURTAIN (VIC, Australia)


1 May 2020 - 31 Dec 2022

Short Synopsis

Join Musical Therapist, Jan van de Stool, and her extensive ego, as she reflects on her life in the ‘business of show’. From humble beginnings in Schiermonnikoog (an unpronounceable village in Holland), to being seen by over one million viewers, Jan keeps it real presenting self-help workshops at her local Scout Hall, where she’s helped, literally, tens of people.

Never one to “rest on her wattles”, Jan recently added ‘psychic medium’ to her list of faux credentials. Humbly explaining, that in psychic circles, she’s known as a “medium rare”, things go horribly wrong when she mistakenly channels her own disgruntled (and dead) ex-student, who, once unleashed, is determined to get her money’s worth of the workshop Jan refused to refund.

Jan’s perfect looking life on “Spacebook” and “MyFace” begins to unravel, (along with her grip on the English language), and the real story of her life unfolds.

Reviews Feature

“...a delight for anybody who’s enjoyed her schtick over the years and an enjoyably perverse musical tale for anybody new to Jan’s world... Jan is a beautifully observed comic creation who feels on par with Kath and Kim or Norman Gunston... van de Zandt is a spectacularly good singer... van de Zandt entirely transforms into van de Stool...it’s when van de Stool then transforms into the deceased people she’s channelling as a psychic medium that this show really starts to soar...an impressive showcase for van de Zandt’s chameleon-like talents as a performer... the way van de Zandt has built Jan’s world is irresistible. It’s utterly, bizarrely brilliant.” Time Out Sydney

“... van de Stool is a brilliant creation who rivals Barry Humphries’ Edna Everage in her ability to convince her audience that she really is who she purports to be...The laughs commence early... brilliantly subversive...hugely entertaining.” Australian Arts Review

“Talented actor/singer, Queenie van de Zandt, has hit the jackpot with her creation of Jan van de Stool...hilarious...very entertaining... Jan’s several costumes in the show are worth the price of admission alone...A genuinely delightful and openly bonkers night of entertainment” Canberra Critics Circle

“The show’s real strengths lie in van de Stool’s apparently spontaneous remarks, essentially extended stand-up comedy enhanced by occasional audience victimization... a particularly impressive aspect was the performance’s careful pacing; at no point was anything too much, too blatant, or too soon...What made it especially funny was the straight-faced innocence with which this warm, disarmingly motherly character delivered her bombshells... a great night’s entertainment, leaving you with a bellyful of laughs.” Stage Whispers



Written By
Written by Queenie van de Zandt and Peter J Casey
Directed By
Darren Gilshenan
Queenie van de Zandt
Availability Status
Available at short notice


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