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Strangely Familiar (2023)

International touring Strangely Familiar

On 15 December 2023 we premiered our newest performance for a large stage: Strangely Familiar, about societal codes, exclusion and identity. A physical mime performance appealing to a broad audience, for which we have found two remarkable Italian-French performers.

Jakop Ahlbom Company and Teatro Metastasio coproduce “Strangely Familiar” in the 2024-2025 season, a surreal performance about social pressure and self-worth.

The main character in “Strangely Familiar” is not seen by his colleagues. He escapes his difficult existence by drifting away to a dreamed world where everything he desires can exist. However, he is unable to make his dreams come true.

When a new employee arrives at the office, this man turns out to be his perfect lookalike. How is it that this double receives the recognition our hero has longed for? He is confronted with everything he is not, or dares not to be, or perhaps does not want to be. His dreams turn into nightmares, seemingly taking over reality. “Strangely Familiar” depicts the struggle our hero undergoes, and we, in a sense, enter his mind with all its consequences.

Strangely Familiar is partly inspired by the dystopian reality of the series ‘Severance,’ created by, among others, Ben Stiller, and the absurd films of Roy Andersson. Dostoevsky’s novella ‘The Double’ has also been a significant source of inspiration.

International touring

The show premiered in Amsterdam 15 December 2023 and made a Dutch tour until March 2024 with 45 performances. The Italian premiere will be in October 2024 at Teatro Metastasio in Prato.

Please contact us for touring possibilities and coproducing.

Touring requirements:

  • One full day of load in / set up plus set up and rehearsals on first show day.
  • One performance per day.
  • Traveling with 6 performers, 4 technicians, 1 tour manager = 11 pax.

Technical Requirements:

  • Floor in good condition and even (no slope/rake).
  • Proscenium 5,5m opening.
  • Minimum stage size: 10m wide (without wings) x 8m deep (from plaster line to last lineset).
  • 10m trim height flybars.
  • Minimal 10 flybars above stage to be placed/used on specific positions.
  • If your theatre has other dimensions, please let us know.


  • 1 Mega Trailer for transport set & equipment.
  • Duration: est. 85 minutes (no intermission).

 Marketing & Publicity:

  • Introduction available.
  • Also suitable for schools.
  • Full international press kit available.
  • Interviews, Q&A, meet&greets with cast & crew possible.
  • Educational program available for high schools (optional).


Feel free to contact Marc Pil for more information.

Trailer Strangely Familiar

About our company

Jakop Ahlbom Company developed a trademark theatrical form that unites theatre, mime, dance, music and the world of illusion. The company has an unique talent for combining powerful visual language with equally powerful content. Based in Amsterdam but we share our stories all over the world.

Jakop Ahlbom (1971) was born in Sweden. In the early 1990s he moved to the Netherlands where he studied Mime at the Amsterdam School of the Arts. Upon his graduation in 1998 he was presented with the Top Naeff Award for the most promising student. His gift for choreography had been noticed – and so had his poeticism and his ability to get his cast to unleash their energy, bravado and physicality. The award jury described him as an eager, outstanding and exuberant talent. After graduating he worked with a variety of theatre makers as a performer, choreographer and director.