It's the first day of the summer holidays. The pupils have received their school reports and six weeks of freedom lie ahead of them. The market square of the small town flashes in the east wind, and plastic chairs wait outside the Italian ice cream parlour. The summer is pleasantly warm, the promise of growing up is in the air. There is not much to do here except eat ice cream, listen to or make music, crack jokes, play badminton, ride a bike, practise somersaults. Some have jobs to do, others might want to become a couple. The atmosphere is somewhere between boredom and a still faltering desire for the future.

Das Tierreich is a panorama of growing up. The collective narrative of a summer by a group of young people and an entertaining series of many scenes in changing constellations. For the 21 young people it is about politics and philosophy, about love, revenge, envy. When fate strikes - here in the form of a Leopard 2 tank falling onto the school (!) and a momentous car accident, the light-heartedness of summer is put to the test. And, oh yes: the near-main character is a chinchilla. Who it belongs to, who misses it, where it goes and who is to blame, and whether or not this then comes out, are not insignificant parts of this summer.

Das Tierreich by Jakob Nolte and Michel Decar offers many characters and plenty of material for the ten drama students of the Folkwang University of the Arts, and yet it is anything but a youth play. The authors grew up in small West German towns at the end of the 1980s. Their play was awarded the Brothers Grimm Prize of the State of Berlin in 2013 and nominated for the Authors' Prize of the Heidelberg Stückemarkt 2014.

The production at the Kammerspiele is by the renowned director Friederike Heller, who has worked at the Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Burgtheater Wien, Schauspiel Hannover and Schaubühne Berlin, among others. This is her first production at the Schauspielhaus Bochum.

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Video: Siegersbusch Film
  • Premiere: 04.03.2023
Co-produktion with the Folkwang University of the Arts
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Sommer, Sonne, Dosenbier: Mit der gut gelaunten Teenagerkomödie „Das Tierreich“ erzählen die Schauspielstudenten des dritten Jahrgangs der Folkwang-Uni eine zauberhafte Geschichte vom Erwachsenwerden. In rund 100 atemlosen Minuten gehen Dutzende oft rasend kurze Szenen über die Bühne der Kammerspiele, es wird nach Herzenslust gelacht, geküsst, getanzt und gestritten. Das ist Schauspiel in seiner reinsten Form – und ein feiner Spaß fürs Publikum.
Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Sven Westernströer

Insgesamt ist eine klasse Ensembleleistung zu sehen. Wie körperlich das junge Team präsent ist, wie die Figuren durchdrungen und bewegt werden, das ist auch ein Spiel mit dem eigenen Talent. Diesem Jahrgang zuzuschauen, wird man nicht müde.
Westfälischer Anzeiger, Achim Lettmann