Oracle #01EN

The Oracle or The Bear, the Peacock
and the Secret of the Old Hare

Animal Train #01EN

Animal Train

Leon, the Pirate #01EN

Leon, the Pirate

Rumpelstiltskin #01

Rumpelstiltskin

Knight Tristan and Princess Isolde #01EN

Knight Tristan and Princess Isolde

The Tale of the Troll Child and the Royal Child #01EN

The Tale of the Troll Child and the Royal Child

The Seven Ravens #01EN

The Seven Ravens

Something’s in the Air #01EN

Something’s in the Air

The Day my Father became a Bush #01EN

The Day my Father became a Bush

My Slightly Strange Friend Walter #01EN

My Slightly Strange Friend Walter

Heart of Stone #01EN

Heart of Stone

Amadeus #01EN

Amadeus

Love of Seven Dolls (Die Liebe der kleinen Mouche) #01

Love of Seven Dolls (Die Liebe der kleinen Mouche)

King Lear #01EN

King Lear

Oracle #02EN


by Chantal Schreiber | first release | for 3 year-olds and older

director: Kristine Stahl | stage and puppets: Bärbel Haage | music and sound: Andres Böhmer

performers: Kathrin Blüchert, Heinrich Bennke, Martin Vogel

duration: 45 minutes

Animal Train #02EN

 

by Christopher Wormell | puppet theatre for 3 year-olds and older

director: Christian Georg Fuchs

set, costumes, puppets: Kathrin Sellin

music and sound: Fritz Bauer

cast: Paul Günther

duration: 30 minutes

Leon, the Pirate #02EN

 

by Christine Nöstlinger | puppet theatre for the 4 years-old and older

direction und script: Kristine Stahl

set, costumes, puppets: Carsten Bürger

music and sound: Udo Hemmann

cast: Kathrin Blüchert, Paul Günther

duration: 55 minutes

Rumpelstiltskin #02

 

based on the fairy tale by the brothers Grimm 

puppet theatre for 5 year olds and older

script and direction: Susanne Koschig

stage, puppets and costumes: Bärbel Haage

music: Udo Hemmann

cast: Tomas Mielentz, Martin Vogel

duration: 50 minutes

 

premiere: Saturday, 25 November, 2017

Knight Tristan and Princess Isolde #02EN


puppet theatre with music from Richard Wagner's opera for 5 year-olds and older

direction and script: Christian Georg Fuchs

stage and costumes: Christian Georg Fuchs | puppets: Carsten Bürger 

performers: Karoline Vogel, Heinrich Bennke 

duration: 40 minutes

The Tale of the Troll Child and the Royal Child #02EN

 

based on a Swedish fairy tale by Helena Nyblom | puppet theatre for 5 year olds and older

direction and script: Kristine Stahl

set, puppets and costumes: Kathrin Sellin | music and sound: Udo Hemmann

cast: Karoline Vogel, Paul Günther, Martin Vogel

duration: 65 minutes

The Seven Ravens #02EN

 

based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm | puppet theatre for the 5 years-old and older

director: Frank Alexander Engel | set, costumes, puppets: Kerstin Schmidt

cast: Kathrin Blüchert, Kristine Stahl, Heinrich Bennke, Martin Vogel

Something’s in the Air #02EN


by Eva Schmidtchen | first release | for 6 year-olds and older

director: Eva Schmidtchen | stage and puppets: Eva Schmidtchen and Kathrin Sellin

costumes: Kathrin Sellin | music composition: Axel D. Wolf

performers: Paul Günther, Tomas Mielentz

duration: 55 minutes

The Day my Father became a Bush #02EN

 

by Joke van Leeuwen, translated into German by Hanni Ehlers | puppet theatre for 8 year olds and older

director: Susanne Koschig | set: Kathrin Sellin | cast: Kathrin Blüchert

duration: 60 minutes

My Slightly Strange Friend Walter #02EN


by Sibylle Berg | for 9 year-olds and older

director and stage: Matthias Thieme | costumes: Mila van Daag | puppets: Kathrin Sellin

performers: Kathrin Blüchert, Steffi König, Karoline Vogel, Paul Günther, Tomas Mielentz, Martin Vogel

duration: 80 minutes

Heart of Stone #02EN

 

by Wilhelm Hauff | puppet theatre for 10 year olds and older

direction: Frank Alexander Engel | set and puppets: Kerstin Schmidt and Frank Alexander Engel

music and sound: Nis Sogaard

cast: Kathrin Blüchert, Kristine Stahl, Heinrich Bennke, Paul Günther, Tomas Mielentz

duration: 80 minutes

Amadeus #02EN

 

by Peter Shaffer | translated into German by Nina Adler | puppet theatre for 13 year olds and older

direction: Frank Alexander Engel

set, puppets and costumes: Kerstin Schmidt and Frank Alexander Engel

cast: Kathrin Blüchert, Heinrich Bennke, Tomas Mielentz

duration: 90 minutes

Love of Seven Dolls #02

Coproduction Theater Waidspeicher (Germany) and Ulrike Quade Company (Netherlands)

 

based on the short novel by Paul Gallico

adapted for the stage by Susanne Koschig and Ulrike Quade | puppet theatre for 14 year olds and older

director: Ulrike Quade | set and light design: Floriaan Ganzevoort | costumes: Mila van Daag

Mouche puppet: Ulrike Langenbein | glove puppets: Florian Schmigalle 

dramaturgy: Susanne Koschig | composition: Strijbos & Van Rijswijk

cast: Steffi König, Karoline Vogel/Kathrin Blüchert, Heinrich Bennke, Paul Günther, Tomas Mielentz

duration: 65 minutes

premiere: Friday, 8 September, 2017

King Lear #02EN


by William Shakespeare, translated into German by Werner Buhss

for 16 year-olds and older

direction: Frank Alexander Engel

stage, puppets and costumes: Kerstin Schmidt and Frank Alexander Engel

cast: Kathrin Blüchert, Kristine Stahl, Karoline Vogel, Heinrich Bennke, Tomas Mielentz, Martin Vogel

duration: 90 minutes

Oracle #03EN

Animal Train #03EN

Leon, the Pirate #03EN

Rumpelstiltskin #03

Knight Tristan and Princess Isolde #03EN

 

The Tale of the Troll Child and the Royal Child #03EN

 

The Seven Ravens #03EN

 

Alles heiße Luft #03EN

The Day my Father became a Bush #03EN

 

My Slightly Strange Friend Walter #03EN

Heart of Stone #03EN

 

Amadeus #03EN

 

Love of Seven Dolls #03

King Lear #03EN

 

Oracle #04EN

Can somebody, who is so different, be a friend?


“This bear is so clumsy! And he slurps and eats so noisily! Yuk!!!” thinks the peacock.

“This is a really strange bird! Absolutely no fun with this one!” growls the bear. 

Nevertheless the bear cannot get rid of the strange bird so easily, after all they are both on the same journey, because they are both looking for the same thing – a best friend! But how do you find one?

An oracle can help them, said the old owl in the tree. 

But what on earth is an O-R-A-C-L-E? And what indeed is a real friend?

 

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Animal Train #04EN

A big day for the little train

One morning the train driver feels a tingling in his big toes. As a result he knows “Something big is going to happen to me today”. And so it happens. Mrs Walrus, Mr Bear and Mrs Elephant squash themselves into his little train. They are going on a shopping spree in the city. A play for small children, with model railway.

The children's jury a the 2014 edition of the International Theatre Festival Poletni Lutkovni Pristani in Maribor (Slovenia) awarded Theater Waidspeicher's performance "Animal Train" with 25 Golden Stars, which is the highest score.

 

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Leon, the Pirate #04EN

A father and his son find an unexpected treasure

Happiness is being a pirate! Happiness is having a pirate father! Or maybe not? Leon is a pirate’s son and enjoys being on his father’s ship, but what he likes most is looking over the shoulder of the cook in the galley, and at night he reads cookery books.


When the cook is washed overboard, followed by the rest of the crew, Leon gets a golden opportunity to show what he can.

Rumpelstiltskin #04

From a mill to millions

 

“My daughter can spin straw into gold!” boasts the miller and thereby causes serious problems for her. Greedy for gold, the king believes the miller, and threatens the daughter with death if she does not perform this feat for him. An imp secretly offers to help her. Thereby he not only saves her life but also provides her with wealth and happiness. However she is at risk of losing everything when the imp demands the payment she promised: the baby of the miller’s daughter, who has now become queen. She may only keep her child if she can guess the name of the imp.

Knight Tristan and Princess Isolde #04EN

Richard Wagner's opera retold for children


The medieval verse narrative “Tristan and Isolde” was made famous by Wagner’s opera. In Theater Waidspeicher’s production it is a story about friendship that we tell for children.

 

The boy Tristan meets an exceptional girl, together they create their own world of dreams. The music from the opera resounds. And those that hear the music and see this story maybe understand that it is important that you love, it is good that you dream.

 

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The Tale of the Troll Child and the Royal Child #04EN

A story about young changelings

They live in the northern forests – the trolls. These mysterious fairy-tale characters with their scraggy hair, thick noses and big ears enjoy stealing young children out of their beds and replacing them with their own children. This is also what happens in a country ruled by a king. The gentle princess Bianca Maria is kidnapped by trolls and they place a wild troll girl in the royal cradle. The two girls grow up in a world that they don’t seem to fit in and where they create chaos.

The Seven Ravens #04EN

The long journey of a little sister 

After seven boys there is a baby girl at last! But the child is sickly and small, and because of her weakness, the father sends the boys to fetch a jug of water for the baptism. In their haste they drop the jug into the well and because of this dare not return home. Worried and impatient, the father cries out in anger: “I wish that those boys would all turn into ravens." He has hardly spoken these words when he sees seven coal-black ravens flying up and away. Once the little sister is old enough she sets out to find her brothers. Eventually she reaches the Glass Mountain at the end of the world where the ravens live, waiting to be redeemed.

The play is invited to the world festival of puppet theatre, taking place in Charleville-Mézières (France) in September, 2017.

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Something’s in the Air #04EN

The dream of flying - a true story!


“We’re flying! Take a look at this, we're flying!”

“It’s not really that special Madame. You are able to fly without this apparatus. If I’m not mistaken, cluck-cluck-cluck, you are in possession of a very beautiful pair of wings…”

“You can talk well, Sir - not really that special! You and Madame Canard can save yourselves, when this all goes wrong. But me, what do I do – sheep don’t have wings. They normally stand with their four well-formed feet safely on the ground. Bah.”

When a cockerel, a duck and a trembling sheep travel in a hot air balloon, then it can only be the true story of the Montgolfier brothers that took place in Paris during September 1783. 

The Day my Father became a Bush #04EN

The long journey of a courageous young girl fleeing from war

 

Toda is in fact not called Toda. Her real name is very long and contains the letter ‘K’ four times, but where she now lives nobody can pronounce her actual name. Toda tells the story of her escape. There is a war in the country that she comes from – “one lot are fighting against the other lot”. Toda’s father gets conscripted and learns how to become a bush in order to camouflage himself. For a short time the grand-mother looks after the young girl until where they live becomes too dangerous. Toda should cross the border to the neighbouring country where her mother has been living for several years. During her journey to safety Toda has many different adventures and along the way meets various people: money-grubbing people-smugglers, children who should give their toys away, a friendly commander who is unable to command.

 

This solo performance looks at war and refugees from the perspective of a child. The audience sit on the stage so that they become an active part of the story. 

 

The show was invited to the 14th German Theatre for Young Audience Festival AUGENBLICK MAL! 2017 in Berlin.

 

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My Slightly Strange Friend Walter #04EN

The story of an extra-terrestrial friendship 


Nine year-old Lisa understands physics well. She can solve difficult mathematical problems and build computers from scrap metal. However her life is anything but easy. Since her parents lost their jobs, outings and conversations have become things of the past. She is mobbed at school and teased in the playground. One evening Walter, a visitor from another planet, lands on the meadow behind the house. He considers the earthly problems of humans to be extremely weird and begins to thoroughly reorganise Lisa’s life. A humorous story about an unusual friendship and the small steps that are needed in order to change the world a little.

 

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Heart of Stone #04EN

What is better: wealth or reason?

The young charcoal maker Peter Munk is dissatisfied with his badly paid, low esteemed work. He dreams of being rich and respected. Two spirits in the Black Forest could fulfil his wishes. But at what cost? The friendly glass man helps him to gain riches and respect, but without the necessary common sense Peter eventually loses everything. So all he can do is go to the demonic Dutch-Michael. But in return he demands Peter’s heart of flesh and blood. Dutch-Michael exchanges this for a heart of stone and promises Peter: “Neither fear nor fright, neither stupid sympathy nor sorrow can move such a heart”. Peter now has to decide what is essential for him in his life …

 

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Amadeus #04EN

Mediocrity clashes with genius

Vienna, in November 1823. Twenty-three years after Mozart’s death rumours circulate through the city: the famous composer had been murdered and the court composer Antonio Salieri was his murderer. He had killed Mozart out of jealousy. The ageing Salieri tells of his meetings with Mozart in a series of flashbacks. He describes how he got to know Mozart and how he suffered under his brilliancy and especially from the awareness of his own mediocrity.

Peter Shaffer’s play from 1979 knocks the famous icon off his pedestal. It embeds historical background in an enthralling whodunit and thereby reveals the individual behind the genius with all of his strengths and weaknesses.

 

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Love of Seven Dolls #04

Innocence and the Beast

 

Paul Gallico‘s masterful story about a young woman who encounters the magic of a puppet theatre is one of the most ingenious romances in world literature.

Little Mouche unsuccessfully seeks a living in the glitzy world of Paris. Alone and disappointed she decides to throw herself into the cold currents of the Seine. However seven puppets from a nearby puppet theatre catch her attention and invite her to join them. Mouche’s innocence and gaiety enthrals the seven puppets and all who see them. Nevertheless the embittered puppeteer treats her roughly and unpleasantly. Then one day a young acrobat turns up and courts Mouche.

 

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King Lear #04EN

Old and young between blindness to reality and recognition of the truth

 

König Lear is considered to be Shakespeare’s darkest and least compromising play. The subject matter is based on themes and characters taken from older stories. An old king wants to abdicate and divide his kingdom between his three daughters. The one who loves him the most should get the largest share. The king, old, stubborn, and not without vanity completely falls for the flattery of the two older daughters, but disinherits and throws out the youngest, his favourite daughter who refuses to pander to him. The ageing king only realises his mistake when it’s too late.

 

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