20:30 - 21:30 | 1 Festival Platform (digital) | in German (with English subtitles) | Classroom Play of Deutsches Theater (Berlin, Germany)


by Wilke Weermann
Students disappear. The recruitment videos of a masked girl, Esther, are circulating on social media. She demands immediate political participation. More and more young people join her collective. Who will listen to you when you are still a minor? What forms of participation do we need? And what if Fridays for Future is just the beginning? Wilke Weermann spoke with Berlin pupils who are fighting for their future. The research material and interviews were used to create a classroom play about the political desires of young people.

The author and director Wilke Weermann takes part in FORUM Text at uniT. He received the 2016 Munich Advancement Award for German-language drama and the 2019 Hans Gratzer Scholarship for “ANGSTBEISSER”.

The production Rage has been developed as part of the European Theatre Conventions’ (ETC) project Young Europe III. The ETC’s artistic collaboration project Young Europe III focuses on theatre as a place of identification for young people in Europe. From 2017-2021, nine ETC Member Theatres developed seven new theatre texts and nine original research-based productions on the topics of identity, rage, democracy and climate change. Young Europe III is part of the ETC programme “ENGAGE – Empowering today’s audience through challenging theatre” and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
 For the first time, the DRAMA|TIK|ER|INNEN|FEST|IVAL will integrate the Young Europe Festival, which means that there will be theatre plays and additional events for young audiences online. The international online Young Europe Festival marks the finale of a European cooperation project under the patronage of the European Theatre Convention, which united nine ETC member theatres over a period of two years. Young people from Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary were asked about their thoughts on democracy, identity and anger. The new texts and plays that resulted from this research will be presented as part of the Young Europe Festival. What are the (utopian or dystopian) views that young people have of the world? Which topics, goals and messages are relevant to them? Young people from Austria and the countries participating in the ETC cooperation project will visit the online performances together with their school classes and virtually exchange views and ideas, taking part in internationally organised workshops. Some of the young people's impressions will be shown virtually in the Festival Centre. 

Ages 13+
In German (with English subtitles)

Text & Direction Wilke Weermann
With Laura Eichten, Nazim Dario Neumann
Dramaturgy Lasse Scheiba
Set & Costumes Ayfer Ezgi Karata?
Theatre Education Maura Meyer & Simon Gal
Arno Declair