The 10 Selected Productions

Die Schutzbefohlenen (The Supplicants)

By Elfriede Jelinek
Thalia Theater, Hamburg

World premiere Mannheim 23 May 2014
World premiere Hamburg 12 September 2014
Die Schutzbefohlenen

Die Schutzbefohlenen. Isaac Lokolong, Daniel Lommatzsch, Sebastian Rudolph, Barbara Nüsse, Thelma Buabeng, Ernest Allan Hausmann, Felix Knopp, Dennis Roberts

© Krafft Angerer

  • Duration 2h, no interval
  • With English surtitles. Translation Gitta Honegger, production Yvonne Griesel

Past Dates

Public table discussions following the performances

In the end, after various attempts of representation by accomplished actors from the Thalia Theater’s company, finally the Lampedusa refugees from Hamburg’s St. Pauli Church raise their own voices in Nicolas Stemann’s production of “Die Schutzbefohlenen” by Elfriede Jelinek. Jelinek’s angry, forceful text refers to Aeschylus’ 2500 year-old play “The Suppliants” as logically as it does to the occupation of Vienna’s Votivkirche in 2012 by Pakistani refugees. To this mythological foundation and current suffering, Nicolas Stemann adds the question of the representability of this suffering: Who can speak for whom here? How can this be acted, how can we come even close to grasping the whole scope of this problem’s hideousness, never mind to solving it. It is a grand circling of the failure of civil society – and of art: “We can’t help you; we’re too busy playing you.” And at the same time: The plea for us not to duck away. To look into our own frightened eyes. To acknowledge the misery of the world in our own comfort zone.

Directed by, stage design Nicolas Stemann
Costume design Katrin Wolfermann
Music Daniel Regenberg, Nicolas Stemann
Live music Daniel Regenberg
Video Claudia Lehmann
Dramaturgy Stefanie Carp

Thelma Buabeng
Ernest Allan Hausmann
Felix Knopp
Isaac Lokolong
Daniel Lommatzsch
Barbara Nüsse
Dennis Roberts
Sebastian Rudolph

and a choir of refugees