From J. to Jessica

Theatre | The Netherlands | Irish Premiere


Theater Babel Rotterdam presents


From J. to Jessica

Written by Erik-Ward Geerlings 
Directed by Paul Röttger


Dates & times Thursday 21 May 3pm

Venue Nun’s Island Theatre

Tickets €15 (€12.50 conc.)

Duration 75mins

Age Recommendation 13+ years


About the Show

“Why can’t I be who I want to be?”

The story about Jessica, transgender and actress at Theater Babel Rotterdam.

She brings her story openly, nothing remains unspoken, all is vulnerable and open, breaking through many taboos.

Her fellow actors are inspired by Jessica’s story.
They as well turn themselves inside out with straight-forward, vulnerable and (un)usual confessions about their youth, sexuality and about who they can and cannot be, and about who they want and don’t want to be.


Paul Röttger, artistic manager of the company and director of ‘From J. to Jessica’ stands up for anyone who gets put aside by society. Together with Erik-Ward Geerlings he developed a theatre text, based on conversations and interviews with all the actors.

About the Company
For the very first time Theater Babel Rotterdam has the opportunity to bring a production abroad.  Babel does not limit their work to creating accessibility in the art sector but promotes the artistic accessibility of the stage itself. Together with Dutch healthcare foundation ‘Pameijer’, Babel unites art & care. Babel produces professional theater and work on inclusiveness among the audience, within the (theater) workplace, but also in the selection of topics and in artistic expression. The main goal of Babel is education, since all of the work they create confronts people with something they have not seen before.


Quotes Paul Röttger

At Babel we work with – young and old people – people with Down’s syndrome – people with a migrant background – people from the LGBTQ + community – healthy people – people with a chronic condition such as HIV – people with eating disorders – people with different religious backgrounds – people with an intellectual disability – rich people – people with a psychiatric disorder – people with debts – people with addictions – people who are different from you … and sometimes you’re the one who’s different.
That to us is the inclusive setting we should all see in society and in theater.”,
Paul Röttger


“Theater Babel Rotterdam is very happy to be able to participate in the Creative Europe project we call ‘Crossing the line’.

We feel something has started and we can no longer return to the monochrome society we once were. The emancipation process on inclusiveness is irreversible, though far from complete. Therefor we look forward to showing our production and inspire others, not just in our home city of Rotterdam but now for the first time abroad during Galway 2020.”
Paul Röttger





The Nun’s Island Theatre is fully wheelchair and Guide Dog accessible.

Please contact the Box Office for these seating reservations upon booking tickets.

Our Box Office is located at Town Hall Theatre, Courthouse Square, Galway

Open Mon-Sat, 10am -7.30pm  

Phone Number: 091 569 777  International Dial: +353 91 569 777


Show Supports

Show Notes will be available in text and audio format. Keep an eye on our Social Media for announcements. 

There will be a Sensory / Safe Space available.

Buy Ticket Online Now
You will be redirected to the Town Hall Theatre website to purchase the tickets online.