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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Glued to Hitler: what Brecht’s overlooked collages tell us about how fascism takes hold by Philip Oltermann

Throughout his life, the great German playwright made punky montages that explored how Nazism infested the country he had to flee. Why have they taken so long to come to light? Bertolt Brec…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24AM
Monday, June 10, 2024

Bring on the naked rollerskating nuns! The wild visions of Florentina Holzinger by Philip Oltermann

Live tattooing, non-simulated sex, flesh hook body hoisting and an ejaculating helicopter – these are commonplace in the astonishing shows of Europe’s hottest director. But is her latest…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:18AM
Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Why is the prompter strolling around the stage? Meet the secret heroes of German theatre by Philip Oltermann

The souffleur has all but vanished, except in Germany, where they sit in the front row – or even take to the stage. As actors are placed under huge pressure, does this really make drama mo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:25PM
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Wired up: East Berlin thriller makes National Theatre a surveillance centre by Philip Oltermann

Ella Hickson’s radical new play asks its audience to spy on the lives of a nation gripped by revolutionary promise The National Theatre’s Dorfman stage is to be transformed into a gigant…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM
Monday, February 12, 2018

‘I wanted to channel the anger’: Europe's fearless political playwrights by Daniel Boffey, Constanze Letsch, Philip Oltermann, Helena Smith and Kit Gillet

They’ve stormed the Reichstag, turned terrorism into absurd comedy and asked their audiences for answers. Meet five theatre-makers grappling with crises across the continent.By Daniel Boff…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:00AM
Thursday, March 23, 2017

SS-GB's Lars Eidinger: 'I worry that people only see a tiny fragment of my talent' by Philip Oltermann

The great German stage actor is thrilling new audiences with SS-GB and Personal Shopper. Our writer talks menace and murder with him over schnitzel in BerlinWhen Lars Eidinger first appeared…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18AM
Thursday, December 1, 2016

'The Brandenburg Beckett': last living link with German theatre's golden age by Philip Oltermann

He has been called ‘the German Orson Welles’ and carries the torch of political theatre lit by Bertolt Brecht. As Edinburgh prepares to stage Man to Man, his play about a woman forced to…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:31PM

Revolt at the Volksbühne: behind the scenes at Berlin's troubled theatre by Philip Oltermann

The Volksbühne, designed to bring art to the working classes, has its own workshop to ‘build things you cannot buy’. This curiosity shop of props is at the heart of the row over Chris D…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:24AM
Friday, November 25, 2016

Stranger things: Albert Camus' enigmatic outsider hits Berlin by Philip Oltermann

The Schaubühne is staging the absurdist classic with three actors sharing the main role. Director Philipp Preuss reflects on what ‘otherness’ means in societyAustrian director Philipp P…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Monday, August 3, 2015

'The Brandenburg Beckett': last living link with German theatre's golden age by Philip Oltermann

He has been called ‘the German Orson Welles’ and carries the torch of political theatre lit by Bertolt Brecht. As Edinburgh prepares to stage Man to Man, his play about a woman forced to…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:07PM
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Katie Mitchell, British theatre's true auteur, on being embraced by Europe by Philip Oltermann

Has Britain thrown away its best theatre director? On the set of her daring new show, Katie Mitchell talks about being raved about everywhere but at homeA 1940s New York train carriage sits …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:00AM
Sunday, February 12, 2012

What's German for funny? by Philip Oltermann

What makes Germans laugh – and why is it so different from what amuses the British? The answer may lie in a slapstick English comedy that became a TV favourite in GermanyThe sketch is call…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:00PM

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