Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Germany)

By Young Europe IV playwright Matin Soofipour Omam 17 April 2024


Wednesday 17 April 2024, 14:00 - 15:30

In the beginning was the word. Which word? Who decides and who then speaks that word? In a classroom, the answer is usually simple: the teacher takes the floor, the class listens, speaks when being asked, and the curriculum determines the topics. In the process, many of the students' thoughts and questions remain unspoken.

With this interactive classroom play, Matin Soofipour Omam has invented a theatre game which sends two actors* and a class of students on a journey of discovery. They encounter stories that would otherwise have no place in a classroom, find common as well as their own languages, and thus create this play together.

Theatre-maker Matin Soofipour Omam has written an equally playful and poetic piece. She asks questions about power and responsibility, traces the effect of words and tells stories from her classroom. A play that was written especially for school classes and cannot be performed without them.

Written by Matin Soofipour Omam
Directed by Lydia Ziemke / suite42

Dramaturgy: Mona vom Dahl
Mentor: Dounia Mahammed
Costumes: Cennet Aydoğan
Theatre Pedagogy: Pascal Grupe
With Pascal Grupe/Hadeer Hando, Laman Leane Israfilova

Recommended for ages 12+

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