SKaGeN with Richard Jordan Productions Ltd in co-production

with De Tijd & STUK Present

A solo performance by Valentijn Dhaenens

Words are powerful things; when spoken by powerful voices, they can change minds, inspire nations and reverberate through the centuries. In this tribute to 2,500 years of oratory, Valentijn Dhaenens performs fragments of famous and lesser-known speeches to show how the tricks of the rhetorical trade have hardly changed over time.

Bigmouth was the sell-out hit of Edinburgh Fringe 2012. From the rousing to the frankly inept, from Socrates to Osama bin Laden, Dhaenens brings to life some of the most memorable orations in history, comparing the methods and madness of mankind throughout the ages and showing how picking the right words can turn the weakest argument into the strongest, achieve world power, or simply win the hand of a beloved.

Valentijn Dhaenens has received universal critical acclaim and been described as a one-man powerhouse for his thrilling performance in Bigmouth. We saw it at Summerhall in last year’s Edinburgh Fringe and knew immediately that we had to bring the show to Bristol.

Brilliant… a fascinating experience.

The Guardian

Bigmouth at Brighton Festival:

It takes a special performer or special material for one man to keep an audience’s attention for nearly an hour and a half. Bigmouth had both.

The Argus

This was a very personal, passionate project that resulted in a stunning piece of theatre.

Fringe Review *****

You can book this show as part of our weekend pass, or as part of our 4-for-3 offer.

Extra Information & Links

Love, Words, Power & Louis Farrakhan

SKaGen’s website





Bristol Old Vic Studio
20:00, Sat matinee 14:00
Running Time
85 mins
Age Guidance
Box Office Number
+44 (0)117 987 7877
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