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Duration: 2 hours without intermission
  • 09 oct 2020, 19:00
Deutsches Schauspielhaus
Hamburg, Germany

Alice Birch

Premiere – October 17, 2019

Carol does not love life. It takes her a lot of effort just to exist, but nobody understands her dark despair. Is she not beautiful? Is she not feeling well? Does she not have all that most people envy her for? So where does the depression come from?

The British author Alice Birch tells the story of three generations of women in a dramaturgically sophisticated way: the story lines unfold simultaneously onstage, with each of the three protagonists in their own time zone. Focusing on the female gaze, the piece is composed like a fugue in which the individual narratives’ themes and motifs leave traces, are varied, and inscribe themselves in the female figures like the depression in their DNA, from which there seems to be no escape.

Director Katie Mitchell
Assistant to Director Lily McLeish
Stage Design Alex Eales
Costume Design Clarissa Freiberg
Lightning James Farncombe
Music, Original Sound Design Melanie Wilson
Composition Paul Clark
Sound Design Donato Wharton
Dramaturgy Sybille Meier
Videotechnique Alexander Grasseck, Peter Stein
Sound André Bouchekir, Roman Schneider
Stage Management Lawrie McLennan
Animal Trainer Daniela Roock

Cast Sandra Gerling, Paul Herwig, Josefine Israel, Christoph Jode, Ruth Marie Kroger, Tilman Strauss, Michael Weber, Julia Wieninger, Gala Othero Winter, Tikki Thone, Sonja Weisser

In German language with Russian subtitles
The performance is shown on screen

Deutsches Schauspielhaus

Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg is not only one of the most beautiful theatres but also one of the largest theatres in the German-speaking region. It has 120 years of eventful history and is now one of the leading theatres in Germany. Renowned artistic directors have made the theatre famous far beyond Hamburg. Many prominent directors such as Frank Castorf, Karin Henkel, Christoph Marthaler, Katie Mitchell, René Pollesch, Michael Thalheimer and Falk Richter work at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus today.

Katie Mitchell
Katie Mitchell

Born 1964 in Reading, studied English Literature in Oxford. She was in-house director at Royal Shakespeare Company from 1996 to 1998 and at the Royal Court Theatre from 2000 to 2004. She directed a number of theatre and opera productions in Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Dublin, Copenhagen, Milano, New York, Stockholm, Cologne and for international festivals. In September 2017, she was awarded the President's Medal of the British Academy “for her work to enhance the presentation of classic and contemporary theatre and opera through innovative new production”. In 2019, she was awarded the International Opera Award for Written on Skin and Lessons in Love and Violence.

Photo by Stephen Cummiskey