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“Papa Fliege (Ich kann Fliegen zähmen, echt wahr!)” (Fly Daddy) by Tina Müller

© Manja Herrmann„Papa Fliege (Ich kann Fliegen zähmen, echt wahr!) © Manja Herrmann

Tina Müller was born in Zürich in 1980 and grew up there. From 2001 to 2004, she read cultural studies at the University of Hildesheim, and in 2004 began a course in scenic writing at Berlin University of the Arts. In 2003, she was invited to take part in the “World Interplay” young playwrights’ festival in Australia. In 2005 she wrote plays commissioned by the Oberthurgau Festival and the Theaterfabrik Gera (in cooperation with Anne Habermehl and Juliane Kann). From 2007 to 2008, Tina Müller was a writers’ laboratory scholar at the Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus, where she won the theatre’s competition with her play “Verlassen” (Abandoned). She won awards of the Dutch-German Children’s and Young People’s Theatre Prize of the Kaas & Kappes festival for her plays “Bikini” (2005) and “8 Väter” (8 Fathers) (2010). She also won the Second Young People’s Theatre Prize of Baden-Württemberg (2006) and the German Young People’s Theatre Prize (2008). Tina Müller is part of the “magic garden” performance group, whose first production “Diagnose Diagnose” (Diagnosis, Diagnosis) was premiered at the Schlachthaus Theater in Berne in 2011. Tina Müller lives in Berlin.

Beni’s father Christoph is a fly. He keeps buzzing around, rushing to do something here and then rushing to do something there. He can hardly sit down for a moment before he is on the move again, and if you say anything to him, he forgets it again immediately. The fact that his father is never doing nothing makes Beni quite dizzy, but although Beni would rather take a break with him, there is no time at all for that. “Everything I do, I do for you,“ is what he is told and, “Now go and tidy up your room.“ Then all that work makes Beni feel like an ant. Not a particularly good ant, though, because what real ant dreams of doing nothing? It does not help if his dad “might have a few seconds to spare if it can be arranged.” And Marieke, Beni’s big sister? She is a moth burrowing through her entire wardrobe. That is something she can do quite well by herself, but it would be nice if Christoph would take a good look while she set the record in flying close to the light. Things cannot go on like this, thinks Beni, the constant buzzing and droning will drive them all crazy. It must be possible to tame a fly like that somehow? To make it tame enough so that it just stays put and doesn’t fly away? But you would have to catch it first… With wit and imagination, Beni lurches into the battle for paternal attention.
(Rowohlt Theaterverlag)

2010 Dutch-German Children’s and Young People Theatre Prize Kaas & Kappes

2012 Nomination for the German Children’s Theatre Prize
Technical Data
Premiere 04.02.2011, Theater Bremen / Junge Akteure unter dem Titel “Ich kann Fliegen zähmen, echt wahr”
Director Tanja Spinger
Number of roles 1 female, 2 male
Recommended age 6 +
Rights Rowohlt Theaterverlag
Hamburger Str. 17
21465 Reinbek

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