Oliver Kluck

© Iko-Freese, DRAMA
© Iko-Freese, DRAMA
Oliver Kluck was born in April 1980 in Bergen on Rügen. After doing vocational training and starting a degree in engineering, Oliver Kluck went to the University of Leipzig in 2006 to study dramaturgy, prose, essay-writing and new media.
In 2007, he wrote his first play (Courage Gives Courage) and published a collection of stories, Ein Himmel voller Bratschen (A Sky Full of Violas), which were followed in 2008 by the screenplay Ukrainische Verhältnisse (Ukrainian Relations).
In May 2009, Oliver Kluck was awarded the New Playwriting Prize at the Berlin Stückemarkt for his play The Meese Principle. In 2010, he received the Kleist Prize for Young Dramatists for Waiting Room Future.
Oliver Kluck lives in Berlin as a freelance writer and has been engaged by the Deutsches Nationaltheater in Weimar as a dramatist and 'associate author' for the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 seasons.

Prizes and awards:

  • 2009: Stückemarkt New Playwriting Prize at the Berlin Theatertreffen for The Meese Principle
  • 2010: Kleist Prize for Young Dramatists
  • 2011: Dramatists’ Prize of the Cultural Committee of German Business within the Federation of German Industries

    Theatre Library - Translations

    Translated plays by Oliver Kluck in the Theatre Library


    Die Froschfotzenlederfabrik
    (Frogc**t Leather Factory)

    In Frogc**t Leather Factory, the struggle for resources creates divisions that cut across a colourful cast of characters in various directions: Young versus old, town versus country, employee versus employer, people with private health insurance versus those in the statutory schemes for lower earners, each individual versus every other individual. And there is only pitiful money to be earned in rubbish jobs. More ...

    The Meese Principle

    In his text, which is "a play without a play", Oliver Kluck succeeds in supplying an exemplary description of the spiritual condition in which Germany’s young city-dwellers find themselves in their late twenties. "The Meese Principle" is about a generation trying to understand its own confusion. A generation who, between private television, poorly paid dogsbody jobs and prospects overshadowed by unemployment and Germany’s labyrinthine social security system, wonder about the meaning of their own existences. More ...

    List of works – Selection

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    • Männer Frauen Arbeit (Men Women Work)
      Premiere: 2012, Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hamburg
    • Über die Möglichkeit der Punkbewegung (On the Possibility of the Punk Movement)
      Premiere: 2011, Volkstheater Rostock
    • Die Froschfotzenlederfabrik (Frogc**t Leather Factory)
      Premiere: 2011, Burgtheater (Kasino), Vienna
    • Leben und Erben (Living and Inheriting)
      Premiere: 2012, Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hamburg
    • Feuer mit mir (Fire with Me)
      Premiere: Theater Chemnitz, 2011
    • Warteraum Zukunft (Waiting Room Future)
      Premiere: Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, coproduction with the Ruhr Festival Recklinghausen
      Invitation to the Mülheimer Theatertage (with the production of the Nationaltheater Weimar)
    • Das Prinzip Meese (The Meese Principle)
      Premiere: Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin, 2010
    • Zum Parteitag Bananen (Bananas Once a Year)
      Premiere: Theater Chemnitz, 2009