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CreditsGerardjan Rijnders, Esther Gerritsen, Abdelkader Benali, Wilfried de Jong, Sanneke van Hassel, Michiel Weidner, Yasmine Allas, Joachim Robbrecht, Gillis Biesheuvel, Kuno Bakker, Helena Rasker, Ellen Goemans, Maarten Ornstein, Jeannine Valeriano, Manja Topper, Enver Husicic, Joshua Samson, Hassan Bahara, Dana Linssen, Ronelda S Kamfer

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Twelve radio plays about modern happiness

Serotonine: a neurotransmitter with a stimulating effect. It is a tryptamine that influences disposition, self-confidence, sleep, emotion, sexual activity and appetite. It also plays a role in processing pain stimuli. Serotonine is emitted by serotonerge neurons in the brain that lead to different parts of the body, including the prefrontal cortex (PFC). This area plays an important role in, among other things,  addiction and aggression.

On 30 and 31 October, short, live radio plays will be performed in Frascati 3 by composer Maarten Ornstein, musicians and actors, including those from the production IN DIE NAG by Dood Paard.

Serotonine is the sequel to the 2007 radio play project Zwaar Water. Once again a number of writers were asked to compose a short radio play, this time based on: What makes us happy, why, and how long does it last?

Research conducted in 2011 reveals the Dutch rate life 7.4 on average (Sources: Trimbos Institute and Sanoma). Other research shows that nearly 18% of Dutch people will experience depression (Source: BMC Medecine 2011) More than 30% has already suffered depression and approximately 1 million people take anti-depressants. More than 25% of all Europeans  suffer from a psychic disorder mostly caused by depression. (Source: ECNP 2011). In the U.S. doctors warn of the so-called Facebook depression that affects young people in particular.

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