And every day anew tea has to be served, tidied up, cooked, something repaired. Every day you have to jump when someone calls for you. And always the stench from the private laboratory of the head of the family who thinks he can develop new organic matter. They all don't know how to handle money either. The worst thing, however, is that you constantly have to listen to the do-nothings, who pass the time with their love affairs, their painting and their scientific dilettantism, trying to remedy the primitive state of the masses ...

Maybe that's how they think, the employees in Protasov's house, without whom nothing would work here. The scientist Protasov cannot concern himself with profane things like everyday life. He wants to bring about progress, chemically and intellectually. Nothing less than the final liberation of humanity is the focus of all his work. Thus he has neither an eye for the widow Melaniya, who is burning in desperate love for him, nor - and this is worse - for his wife, who turns lonely to their mutual friend Wagin. The tender signs of love between his sister Lisa, who has long been severely traumatised by the sight of bloody street riots, and the morally deranged veterinarian Tschepurnoi also escape him - as does the catastrophe that is brewing between the two. But cholera is rampant on the streets, there are deaths, and suddenly the air in the ivory tower becomes dangerously thin.

The author Maxim Gorky - a pseudonym that translates as "the bitter one" - wrote the play during his imprisonment in the Peter and Paul Fortress, where Dostoevsky was also imprisoned. Written in the aftermath of the so-called St. Petersburg Bloody Sunday, which was to usher in the Russian Revolution of 1905, Children of the Sun is a tragi-comic inventory of a deeply divided society that must reinvent itself if its days are not to be numbered.

The Slovenian director Mateja Koležnik, who is known for her psychologically precise, atmospherically dense productions not only in the German-speaking theatre world, now presents Kinder der Sonne to the Bochum audience.

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  • Place: Schauspielhaus
  • Duration: 1:50h, no break
  • Language: German with English surtitles
  • Tags: #theatre
19:00 — 20:50
17:00 — 18:50
Pre-sale 03.04.
+ Introduction 16:30
last performance in this season
  • CBplayer 1.2.4
00:00 / 00:00
Trailer: Siegersbusch Film
  • Premiere: 07.10.2022
Press voices:

Das Casting ist so perfekt, dass geradezu jede einzelne Rolle noch einen Tick besser, dynamischer oder raffinierter besetzt ist, als man es sich beim Lesen vorstellt. Und das kriegt natürlich nicht jedes Theater hin., Martin Krumbholz

Mateja Koleznik aus Slowenien ist für ihre psychologisch präzisen Inszenierungen bekannt. In Bochum gelingt ihr ein atmosphärisch feinsinnig entwickeltes Gesellschaftsstück, das nicht in Figurentableaus schwelgt, sondern jede einzelne Rolle beleuchtet, um die persönliche Dimension politischer Veränderungen spürbar zu machen.
Westfälischer Anzeiger, Achim Lettmann

Beglückende Rückbesinnung auf große Theatertugenden.
Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Lars von der Gönna

More press voices

Opulent inszeniert, äußerst treffend besetzt, überzeugend gespielt – ein fesselnder Abend.
theater:pur, Antje van Bürck

Eine präsente Gesellschaftskomödie, die viele aktuelle Fragen nebenbei stellt.
Ruhr Nachrichten, Tom Thelen

Was für ein eindrücklicher Abend! Was für eine grandiose Inszenierung! Welch ein wundervolles Ensemble!
FeuilletonFrankfurt, Simone Hamm