New plays for children’s and youth theatre

„Skills“ by Eva Rottmann

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Eva Rottmann was born in Würzburg in 1983. In 2004, she began to study in the performative arts and film department at Zürich University of the Arts and was involved in many theatre projects during her studies. Since 2008, when she gained her diploma, she has been a freelance theatre professional, working as a drama pedagogue, director and writer. In the 2009/10 season, she was employed at the Schauspielhaus Zürich as a drama pedagogue.

Tim, Tom, Melek, Decker. These are the coolest boys in town and inseparable friends. No party is any fun without them. The girls pay for their mobile numbers. Anyone they don’t like is lost. The music they listen to is hip. The four skaters enjoy cult status among the kids in their home town with their neck-breaking stunts. But underneath the small-time glamour and lofty dreams of a career as professional skaters, there is insecurity and fear of the future. One of them takes life lightly and drinks another beer rather than worrying. Another asks himself whether the others take him seriously and sometimes dreams of living on an island and writing books. Another wishes he had a pause button to make time stand still so that everything stays as it is. And another has a secret. When the girl Rike joins the group, there are the first notes of discord between the friends, until finally, on a hot summer’s night, disaster strikes. Five years later, they meet again, the coolest clique in town, where everything used to be so beautiful. Afterwards, things are never as good as before, however. There is no going back to the old familiarity. Because between them stands the one who cannot return.

In “Skills”, Eva Rottmann tells of friendship, love and devotion. Of young people who want everything but who are soon extinguished.

2009 Audience Award of the Basel Play Laboratory for the play “Skills”

2012 Young People’s Theatre Prize of Baden-Württemberg 2012 for “Skills“
Technical Data
Premiere Available
Number of roles 2 female, 2 male
Recommended age 12 +
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