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“Freund Till, genannt Eulenspiegel
(Friend Till, Called Eulenspiegel) by Katrin Lange

© Karl-Bernd Karwasz„Freund Till, genannt Eulenspiegel“ © Karl-Bernd Karwasz

Katrin Lange, who was born in Berlin, studied drama, completing a doctorate at Berlin’s Humboldt University. She has worked as a dramaturge and assistant director in Chemnitz, Dresden and Berlin. Since 1982, she has been a freelance writer. Her stage and audio plays for children and adults have received many awards, including several children’s audio play prizes of the German Democratic Republic, the Young People’s Theatre Prize of Baden-Württemberg in 1992 and the German Children’s Theatre Prize in 2008. Her radio plays were first broadcast on stations including MDR, Deutsche Welle, DeutschlandRadio and Hessischer Rundfunk, and her stage plays have been premiered at theatres in cities including Rostock, Weimar, Berlin, Leipzig, Düsseldorf, Freiberg, Dresden and Altenburg. Her latest hits are "Unter hohem Himmel: Parzival" (Beneath High Heaven: Perceval) (premiered in 2007 at the Junges Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf), "Ich, Grete Beier, Mörderin" (I, Grete Beier, A Murderer) (premiered in 2008, Mittelsächsisches Theater Freiberg) and "Warn zwei Brüder einst in Sachsen ..." (Once upon a time in Saxony, there were two brothers) at the ‘Stealing of the Princes’ Festival in Altenburg from 2009 to 2011. Her plays for children’s theatre include “Schneewittchen lebt!“ (Snow White Lives!) (2010), a work commissioned by the Theater der Jungen Welt, Leipzig. Katrin Lang wrote “Freund Till, genannt Eulenspiegel” for the Staatstheater Braunschweig as part of the "Nah dran! Neue Stücke für das Kindertheater” (Almost there! New Plays for Children’s Theatre). The play was premiered in February 2012 and was nominated for the Mülheim Children’s Play Prize 2012. She is currently working on commissions for the 12/13 season for the Junges Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf and the Theater der Jungen Welt, Leipzig.

There he stands – the young lad from the bottom of the pile – looking down on the world from his tightrope, at the spectators and the fast-flowing river, and at his father Claus beside him. The two artistes’ nerve-wracking spectacle can begin. But just as the villagers start to cheer and, as requested, to throw hundreds of shoes up towards then, they are approached by heavily-armed robber-baron Kunz. Before Till knows it, the rope has been cut, his father has plummeted into the water below and he has been damned to becoming a jester at Kunz’s castle. His job there is to obey orders to the letter, to while away the time of servants Klotz and Bock with fun and games so they do not get up to tricks, and to help servant girl Nella. For someone who takes words very literally, that is a great challenge: “I will fool around before your eyes so that you will not be able to hear or see anymore! I will have fun – but you won’t! I will have my fun with you – lots of fun! At your expense!" And so Till battles his way through everyday life in the castle with wit and brazenly naïve charm, a small hero who outwits the “great baron ".
(Felix Bloch Erben)

Katrin Lange packs some of the familiar stories surrounding Eulenspiegel into a new, lively story of unmistakable misunderstandings, mistaken treasures, jesters and villains, homeliness in a foreign land, of enemies who can also be friends and of a little hero who surpasses himself. A wonderful comedy for the whole family that you will absolutely love!

The play and the production received funding in the context of "Nah dran! Neue Stücke für das Kindertheater" (Almost there! New Plays for Children’s Theatre), a cooperation project of the Children’s and Young People’s Theatre Centre in the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Literature Fund, which received funding from the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
(Verband Deutscher Bühnen und Medienverlagen – Association of German Stage and Media Publishers)

2008 German Children’s Theatre Prize

2012 Nominated for the Mülheim Children’s Play Prize
Technical Data
Premiere 18.02.2012, Staatstheater Braunschweig
Director Christopher Rüping
Number of roles at least 1 female, 3 male
Recommended age 6 +
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