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Drawings on stage

The Koppoters design free spaces for creativity, where children are invited to draw anything that comes to their mind, while listening to relaxing music. These fresh little pieces of art become part of a theatre show called From Scratch. 6.000 children already saw their drawings coming to live, in the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy and Japan. Do you want to cause a little creative chaos too? Call De Koppoters.

Trailer 2020, shot in Tokyo by Alexis Wuillaume. Music: Rosetta – Valse Café Orchestra.

I think it really opened a lot of children's eyes to a whole new world.

Luke Callaghan, K. International School Tokyo

You've planted a seed for creativity in their hearts.

Ryogo Iwamoto, Ukiha

Very bright, and also super abstract and weird. Our children laughed so hard!

Jolanda van Wild

De kinderen zaten op het puntje van hun stoel om te kijken wat er met hun tekening gebeurde.

Dineke Mik

De Koppoters just make the world more beautiful.

teacher at refugee centre, Burgum

Er werd veel gelachen, en niet alleen door de kinderen.

Hiske Deinema, public library, Amsterdam

You’ve danced my drawing!

Loïs (7), the Netherlands

Students were constantly shrieking with delight.

Kurosaki, K. International School, Tokyo

From Scratch

Visitors of From Scratch are invited to make drawings while listening to funky music. The fresh artworks are then exposed on stage and become the main characters in a dozen colourful stories. This energetic theatre performance contains no spoken language and is suitable for all children (4-8 years old) and their parents or guardians.

Concept: The Koppoters. Performers: Sjoukje Böing and Esther Drijver. Director: Fried Mertens. Soundtrack: Snoet & Smoel. Set: Grand Theatre Groningen. Producer: The Koppoters.

Children enjoy their own art

visual & performing arts

no spoken language

130+ shows performed

lasts 50 minutes

for children at age 4-8 and their parents

"Funny for children, fascinating for parents."

Up for a little creative chaos?

Join us at these venues.

Theater Koornbeurs FRANEKER

oktober 2020
From Scratch 4+
From Scratch 4+

Last year we were here.

And left a trace of drawings and ideas.

TOKYO (JPN) Canary Hall

From Scratch

TOKYO (JPN) Canary Hall

From Scratch

Kurume JAPAN

From Scratch

Fukuoka JAPAN

From Scratch


From Scratch
From Scratch

Stadshuis UTRECHT

From Scratch

About us

De Koppoters make theatre from drawings. To us drawing is a never-ending source of inspiration. We want to collect the imagination hidden in the drawings, bring it to life, cherish it, magnify it and especially celebrate it. Based in the Netherlands, we love to travel and meet little artists all over the world. Since 2015 we have been performing a 130 shows, in the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy and Japan. We’re at our best at places with curious young audiences, f.e. schools, libraries, festivals, refugee centers and small theaters.

What is a 'koppoter'?

Koppoter is the Dutch word describing what children draw early on: a head (kop) with legs (poten). Across the globe, children often first draw a large head with two legs below. Not long after two arms appear, and later still a torso.


The Koppoters at your place? Call our agency Uitdekunst (Utrecht, the Netherlands)

+31 30 711 5105

We're happy to give you more specific information. Call Esther Drijver or send an e-mail.

+31 6 2534 0492

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