Friday, 20 November 2015

Theater Basel | Die Ereignisse (the happenings)

We visited the premiere of "the happenings" at the Theater Basel, a play that already preoccupied us in advance because we did not know what to expect from it.
The subject of the play was Breiviks attack in Norway in 2011 and the fundamental question of whether if it is possible to understand why someone turns into an assassin.
Central in the play is not the attack itself but the impacts it had on one person (Claire, played by Inga Eickemeier) who survived it. She tries to find answers to the question "why" and gets caught up in a whirlpool of emotions and memories, also affecting her private live.
Elias Eilinghoff plays many different roles, such as Claires girlfriend, the assassins father, and the assassin himself.
The play is accompanied by a choir, singing songs, sometimes as background music, sometimes as part of the plot.
For us it was once again incredible how the actors played, especially the switching between the different roles – and therefore completely different emotions – was very impressive and captivating.
It is a very difficult subject to deal with in a play and in "the happenings" for us they manage to confront the visitor without shocking him too much and therefore the play can be very thought-provoking.

Inga Eickemeier
Elias Eilinghoff

piano: Stephen Delaney

production: Daniela Kranz
musical direction: Stephen Delaney
music: John Browne
dramatic composition: Sabrina Hofer

picture © Simon Hallström

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