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30.01.2009 "After the Fall" – First performances 2009

For "After the Fall", a cross-border theatre project of the Goethe-Institut, 19 playwrights from 15 European countries are dealing with the socio-political developments in their homelands since the fall of the wall. After the launch in Chişinău, Moldavian Republic, the next productions will be shown in Budapest and in Hull.

The productions created for "After the Fall" are as different as the authors and their cultural, social and personal backgrounds: Antidot, the first play, written and produced by the Moldavian playwright Nicoleta Esinencu, stands at the crossroads between performance art and spoken theatre. The content is highly political. The first perform-ances in 2009 are centred on work with young writers and acting students.

In Hungary, the dramaturge and translator Anna Lengyel initiated a workshop for young authors together with writer László Márton. During three-months of work, 14 selected candidates wrote for After the Fall. The workshop will conclude on 30 January 2009 with a play reading. The best play and a selection from all productions by the workshop can be seen and heard on the Gobbi Hilda stage at the National Theatre in Budapest. Over the past 25 years, László Márton has published more than 25 books and received numerous awards. He has also made a name for himself in Hungary as a translator of German literature, rendering works by Goethe, Kleist, Gryphius and Novalis into Hungarian.

Not Yet is the name of the play that English playwright Sarah-Jane Dickenson wrote for After the Fall. In it, while the fall of the wall is the topic in a school classroom, a group of outsiders – "problem children" – encounter one another. Historical border crossings are reflected in social encounters, in the overcoming of social borders of today's United Kingdom. Dickenson is producing the play with students of dramatics and acting students at the University of Hull. Following the premiere on 4 February 2009 at the Donald Roy Theatre of the University of Hull, Not Yet will travel to a number of venues in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire accompanied by workshops Dickenson is organizing for people interested in theatre.

Until November 2009 the After the Fall plays will premiere across Europe at local partner theatres. As the high-light and conclusion of the project, the Theaterbüro Mülheim an der Ruhr and the Staatsschauspiel Dresden will host a selection of the productions. The performances will be accompanied by a programme of talks organized by the Federal Agency of Political Education.

"After the Fall" is a Europe-wide theatre project by the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with the Staatsschauspiel Dresden, the Theaterbüro Mülheim an der Ruhr and the Federal Agency of Political Education with kind support from the Federal Foreign Office.

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