Readings of five new award-winning European plays for young audiences by some of the most exciting writers in Europe today; including Sense by Anja Hilling (Germany), Nightblind by Darja Stocker (Switzerland), Sandholm by Anna Clemensensen Bro (Denmark), Bulger by Klas Tindemans (Belgium), and Headcase by Esther Gerritsen (Holland).
Tue 10.45am: Sense - Five stories, five senses. A play about teenagers, love, and the need to make radical choices. An intense, poetic journey into touching, inhaling, tasting, hearing, seeing and experiencing life to the extreme. While each story is linked, all five
'Senses' are also plays in their own right. Theatre Caf features two episodes, 'Nose' and
'Skin'. Anja Hilling was awarded the 'Best Emerging Author' title by Theater Heute in 2005.
Tue 1.45pm: Sandholm - A young woman calling herself Job arrives at the
gates of Sandholm, an asylum centre near Copenhagen. She won't say where she is from,
but claims to be able to speak to God. Soon people start turning to Job for salvation.
Witty, moving and intensely thought-provoking, the play was inspired by the author's
stay at and interviews with residents at Sandholm.
Wed 10.45am: Nightblind - Leyla's life is on the verge of collapse. Caught between affection and violence, desire and self-destruction, she is faced with the decision of her life. Elegantly constructed, Darja Stocker's extraordinary debut play tells of liberation and endurance - as well as the necessity of dreaming. 'Nightblind' won First Prize at the Heidelberger Stckemarkt 2005.
Wed 1.45pm: Headcase - 'I understand that some people suffer from chronic optimism... I don't hold it against them, as long as they keep it to themselves'. Lena is a successful painter - with a big secret. No one knows that she is paralysed from the neck down and paints all her pictures with her mouth. Unsentimental and witty, Esther Gerritsen's play radically breaks with social conventions. 'Headcase' won the Dutch-German Youth Theatre Prize in 2008.
Thu 10.45am: Bulger - "We were old enough to end up in prison, but too young for anyone to listen to us. They thought children like us came from another planet." Loosely based on the 1993 case, this play is not a reconstruction of the Bulger murder. Deliberately blurring the line between good and evil, the play challenges common perceptions of guilt and innocence. 'Bulger' won the Berlin Theatertreffen New Playwriting Prize '08.