Stages for children‘s and youth theatre in Germany

The Schnawwl Mannheim

The Schnawwl Mannheim © Pascal Wieandt
  • Children’s and youth theatre section of the Nationaltheater Mannheim
  • Children’s and youth clubs
  • Theatre education sessions for schools
The Schnawwl is the fourth section of the Nationaltheater Mannheim. It was founded in 1979, making it Baden-Württemberg’s oldest municipal children’s and youth theatre. The ensemble consists of six actresses and actors, supplemented by guest performers. The ensemble performs plays for even the tiniest tots from the age of two, staging image theatre, fairy-tale theatre and narrative theatre. It develops its own plays, adapts classics for its young audience and presents young contemporary authors at the Nationaltheater’s Werkstattbühne, which is the venue for performances by different sections of the theatre. In cooperation with the other sections of the Nationaltheater, the ensemble experiments with new music theatre and cross-genre theatrical forms. The Schnawwl also puts on mobile productions at kindergartens, schools and libraries and gives guest performances at international and national festivals.

Many courses and workshops for children and young people take place within the Junges Nationaltheater Mannheim project. Holiday courses are offered, as are courses lasting the whole season that culminate in the production of a play. Once a year, the festival “LEINEN LOS! – Junges Theater im Delta” takes place, at which all the region’s theatre courses present the results of their work. In this connection, the Junges Nationaltheater cooperates with the Theater und Philharmonisches Orchester of the City of Heidelberg, the Theater im Pfalzbau Ludwigshafen and the Nibelungenhorde in Speyer.
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