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Chris Poon - Henrietta


Chris Poon is the Musical Director of NYMT’s Henrietta.

Winning submission for NYMT’s 2019 New Musical Workshop. Commissioned for 2020.

To Henrietta Janssen, things just don’t feel quite right. It’s more than the war - growing up in Amsterdam, by the spring of 1945, she’s used to that. It’s all the unanswered questions: why does her teacher tell her off whatever she does? Why is there never enough to eat? Why doesn’t she feel like she fits in, even with her own family? Why is the old lady on her way to school always so angry with her? And why is there a boy in her neighbour’s window, when they only have daughters?

Inspired by the true stories of love, sacrifice and bravery in the Netherlands over the Second World War, Henrietta is about a thirst for adventure, the need we all feel to establish our identity, and how ordinary people can be capable of extraordinary courage.