Friday, 16 September 2016

Theater Basel | Im Turm zu Basel (in the tower of Basel)

The play in the tower of Basel is a comedy by Theresia Walser. 
It is a play about the activities of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), a bank that is like a tiny state within a state where nobody knows what is really going on behind the big curtains. Discussions about transparency, currency and the future of the banking system, immunity, emerging countries and power take place in this stumpy tower block near the train station in Basel, where every two months the world's most powerful central bankers meet for dinner.
The deafness of the two waitresses comes handy to the business men, as they don't have to worry about them blabbing the secrets that are discussed during these dinners. At the same time they all seem to be deaf to certain topics aswell, repeating the same phrases over and over again, refusing to change their point of view, sometimes it seems they are rather talking in monologues next to each other than really having a conversation.
When Mr. Greeper dies just before dinner the situation threatens to derail, so Tronje (who never leaves the tower) decides that not even death should stop Mr. Greeper from taking his seat at the table and continuing to reign the tower of Basel.

We think it was a fantastic play, especially as the topic is something that is part of the day-to-day business in Basel. Everybody has seen the tower of the BIS bank, but some parts of it still remain a mystery to outsiders. The way the actors speak and act creates like a little mini-cosmos around every character and they all seem to co-exist in this tower, sometimes colliding but most of the time just existing indifferently in parallel. The structure of the sentences was also very special and the skillful puns made us laugh a lot. It was a very entertaining play with excellent actors and a fluent and strong storyline.


Katja Jung as TRONJE, THE GOVERNER, LADY OF THE TOWER
Thomas Reisinger as MR. GREEPER, HEAD OF THE TOWER
Orlando Klaus as GUSTON
Simon Zagermann as FERCHEL
Liliane Amuat as FINE (WAITRESS)
Carina Braunschmidt as LYNN (WAITRESS)
Vincent Glander as BARBOSA, GUEST FROM ARGENTINA

production: Sebastian Schug
stage: Christian Kiehl
costumes: Nicole Zielke
music: Johannes Winde
dramatic composition: Constanze Kargl

pictures © Simon Hallström

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