A Fist of Tongues - Jonge Harten

A Fist of Tongues

Sunni Lamin Barrow

Keith Montgomery
  • Admission

    < 29 years € 12,50
    > 29 years € 17,50

  • Duration

    60 minutes

  • Location

    Festivalhart (Bloemstraat 38)

  • Credits

    Concept, tekst, spel: Sunni Lamin Barrow | Regie: Kees Roorda | Dramaturgisch advies: Martine Manten | Soundscapes: Melcher Meirmans | Video: Bowie Verschuren | Productie en scenografie: Ginger Verhagen | Lichtontwerp: Benno Barends | Kostuummakers: Elsemarijn Hijweege & Joanna Grice | Danscoaching: Robin Nimanong
    Fotografie: Keith Montgomery | PR: Veerle van der Laar | Techniek: Esther Love | Coaching/zakelijk leiding: Tamara Roos/Hollandse Luchten

  • Viewing guide i

    FIELD Performance Textual Theater

How does your environment influence who you are allowed to be?

Sunni Lamin Barrow takes you back to his childhood and shares the stories and poems he created about that time, influenced by the fear of punishment and exclusion that exist on LGBTQ+ expression in his motherland.

A Fist of Tongues is a poetic performance in which Sunni explores the different stages of his life since he fled from Gambia. In this performance, in which storytelling merges with visuals, sound design and dance, Sunni testifies about what it is like to live as an African queer person, and about the decisive influence parents can have on how you develop.

This skin limits me
The smiles on my face are wounds of things I cannot yet speak about
And I do not want to be remembered for my tears, the beauty of this poem
Is of the ugly I have lived, I am the origin of the others that came before me.” (A Fist of Tongues)


“This personal story by Sunni Lamin Barrow is one that gets under your skin because it gives you an unfiltered glimpse into the life of someone who decides to flee. Moreover, Sunni -as a poet- chooses his words so carefully that it seems as if the story unrolls before you like a song.” – Gregory | curator Jonge Harten

Jonge Harten 2024

Jonge Harten 2024 Will be from 15th - 23rd of November.

Stay with the trouble


Jonge Harten offers a diverse program. But where do you start choosing? To clarify things somewhat, we have three main storylines that we are focusing on this year. You can see these lines throughout our program. So that you can easily choose which line suits you best and what you feel like doing at the moment. What are you going for?





FIELD was created to strengthen the bond with young talent and to give both the artists and the festival the opportunity to support people in the longer term and to make their “dreams” come true. We focus in particular on students who we feel (after conversations and performances) connect themselves as creators with the world beyond. In a conscious, critical and idiosyncratic way.


interactive theater

music theater


physical theater


A program line in which we put creative young people on stage and in which you can participate in great masterclasses yourself. We ensure that you are pampered all day long and of course we close the day with a great party, by none other than Clash!


Textual Theater



Kom je er toch nog niet helemaal uit? Geen nood: stuur een mailtje naar info@jongeharten.nl en vraag om nadere toelichting. Vermeld de titel van de voorstelling en waar je graag meer duidelijkheid over wilt hebben (is dit iets om met mijn vriend/vriendin naartoe te gaan? het is misschien wel grappig maar toch niet vulgair? dat soort vragen). De programmeurs van het festival geven je dan persoonlijk het verlossende antwoord!