The Variety of Puppet Theatre

idea: Susanne Koschig | for 5 year olds and older | duration: 60 minutes
with: Susanne Koschig, Katharina Patzelt and Andreas Herrlich

Hand puppets, marionettes, glove puppets, stick puppets, directly manipulated quadrupeds, table figures and Bunraku puppets

We show how hands become figures and things come to life; we present puppets and playing techniques, which can be tried out afterwards. Numerous puppets from the collection of the Theater Waidspeicher that are looking forward to being on stage again, are present as well. The puppets are supported by our stage technicians, who are happy to show you how to create analogue and digital theatre effects: flashlights, thunder and storm, wind and fog.

The Moon takes his Socks off at Night

by Kristine Stahl | first release
puppet theatre for 3 year olds and older | duration: 40 minutes
Director, stage design and costumes: Kristine Stahl
Assistant designer: Nadine Wottke
Puppets: Kathrin Sellin
Cast: Kathrin Blüchert, Tomas Mielentz
A Story about the fear of darkness
Daddy, I can’t get to sleep! is the cry coming constantly from the child’s bedroom. However, Daddy has already read two stories, sung four songs and shaken the bed covers three times. Sooner or later that must be enough! The door is closed und the lights are out! But who wants to be alone in the dark, alone with shadows on the wall, alone with all those sock-monsters, that suddenly come alive? But, isn’t it good that we’ve got a moon, that knows how to handle darkness and has lots of stories to tell.
The realization of this production is supported by the Sparkassenstiftung Erfurt.

Leon, the Pirate

by Christine Nöstlinger | adapted for the stage by Kristine Stahl
puppet theatre for 4 year olds and older | duration: 55 minutes
director und script: Kristine Stahl
stage design, costumes, puppets: Carsten Bürger
music and sound: Udo Hemmann
cast: Kathrin Blüchert, Paul Günther

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.

The realization of this production was supported by the Sparkassenstiftung Erfurt.

Four Tales of Heaven and Earth

Legends and tales from France, Greenland, Russia and North America | first release
puppet theatre for 5 year olds and older | duration: 70 minutes
„A Stone Soup” by the French writer Anaïs Vaugelade - translated into German by Tobias Scheffel
„The Bone Woman” based an Inuit fairy tale
„The Slender Birch Tree” based on a Russian fairy tale
„The Golden Cranes” based on a Native American legend
Director: Martin Vogel
Set design, puppets und costumes: Nadine Wottke
Music and sound: Andres Böhmer
Cast: Kathrin Blüchert, Paul Günther, Tomas Mielentz, Maurice Voß
Premiere: 10 October 2020, at 3 p.m.

Four stories. Four puppeteers. Four tales

from the four cardinal points tell us about happenings between heaven and earth. About an old man, who is given firewood and gold by a slender birch tree; about cranes, who yearn for a journey to the far south; about a young fisherman, who finds a skeleton in the cold Arctic Ocean and about a stone, which provides the animals with a sociable evening. Four mini-plays about stones and bones, about feathers and wood. They are about people and animals, about freedom and greed, but above all, about the wonderful power of love and community.

The Seven Ravens

based on the Grimm fairy tale
puppet theatre for the 5 year olds and older | duration: 55 minutes
director: Frank Alexander Engel
stage design, costumes, puppets: Kerstin Schmidt and Frank Alexander Engel
cast: Kathrin Blüchert, Kristine Stahl, Heinrich Bennke, Tomas Mielentz / Martin Vogel

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 show was invited to the world festival of puppet theatre in Charleville-Mézières (France) in September, 2017.


based on the Grimm fairy tale | adapted for the stage by Susanne Koschig
puppet theatre for 5 year olds and older | duration: 50 minutes
director: Susanne Koschig
stage design, puppets and costumes: Bärbel Haage
music: Udo Hemmann
cast: Tomas Mielentz, Maurice Voß

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.

The Day Grandma broke the Internet

by Marc-Uwe Kling | puppet theatre for 6 year olds and older
director and stage design: Matthias Thieme
puppets: Kathrin Sellin
puppeteer costumes: Mila van Daag
premiere: 27 November 2020, at 7:30 p.m.

What happens in a family when the world-wide-web doesn’t work?

It’s the school holidays. Mum and dad have to work and grandma and grandpa are looking after Tiffany and her older brother and sister. Then it happens! The internet breaks down. All over the world! It was grandma, who broke it. By accident of course! She sat at the computer and went click-click a few times. What now? What do you do when there is no internet? No music and films to stream? No apps and satnav? No contact to the outside world? However in the attic there is grandpa’s old transistor radio and father’s guitar, and so the family can enjoy something together even without the internet!

The realization of this production is supported by the Sparkassenstiftung Erfurt.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain | adapted for the stage by Matthias Thieme
puppet theatre for 8 year olds and older | duration: 65 minutes
director and stage design: Matthias Thieme
costumes: Mila van Daag
puppets: Kathrin Sellin
cast: Kathrin Blüchert, Heinrich Bennke, Paul Günther, Martin Vogel

The story of two wayward lads

St. Petersburg, a small town on the banks of the Mississippi. This is where Tom Sawyer lives, and his escapades there make life difficult for his aunt Polly. His best friend is Huckleberry Finn. Recently Tom has been taking an interest in Becky. He tries to impress her with his boasting, without realising that he will get the opportunity to prove himself sooner than he likes. One night when Tom and Huck sneak into the graveyard, they witness a murder. Out of fear they agree to keep silent about the crime. But Tom’s conscience begins to nag him: should he risk his life and his friendship to Huck in order to rescue an innocent person?

The Day my Father became a Bush

by Joke van Leeuwen | translated into German by Hanni Ehlers
puppet theatre for 8 year olds and older | duration: 60 minutes
director: Susanne Koschig
set design: Kathrin Sellin
solo-performer: Kathrin Blüchert

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.

The Journey to the Centre of the Woods

by Finn-Ole Heinrich
puppet theatre for 9 year olds and older | duration: 55 minutes
director and stage design: Matthias Thieme
puppet and costumes: Kathrin Sellin
solo-performer: Heinrich Bennke

Monologue for a robber

“Only those who know the robber really know the forest. You have to understand the forest if you want to understand the robber.”
The robber lives in the depths of the forest. He g-roars and scares the bears, g-robs the hikers, g-shoots with conkers and his socks g-stink to high heaven. There are many gruesome stories about him but hardly anybody knows him well. A young researcher sets out alone on an expedition into the unknown to track down the robber. He stays a whole month with him and in the centre of the forest he has his greatest adventure.

The realization of this production was supported by the Sparkassenstiftung Erfurt.

Heart of Stone

based on Wilhelm Hauff
puppet theatre for 10 year olds and older | duration: 80 minutes
director: Frank Alexander Engel
stage design, puppets and costumes: Kerstin Schmidt and Frank Alexander Engel
music and sound: Nis Søgaard
cast: Kathrin Blüchert, Kristine Stahl, Heinrich Bennke, Paul Günther, Tomas Mielentz

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 …

The realization of this production was supported by the Sparkassenstiftung Erfurt.


based on an idea by Frank Soehnle | first release
puppet theatre for 12 year olds and older | duration: 55 minutes
director and stage design: Frank Soehnle
puppets: Kathrin Sellin
costumes: Mila van Daag
music and sound: Johannes Frisch
cast: Kathrin Blüchert, Maria-Elisabeth Wey, Heinrich Bennke, Tomas Mielentz, Maurice Voß

Metamorphosis on the red sofa with live music and sounds, loop station and without words

“The Animal is the Other within us”, according to Georges Bataille. In Darmstadt around 1930, the artists’ collective “Die Animalisten” wanted to overcome the beast in human nature. This concept inspired Theater Waidspeicher to produce this bizarre-theatrical experiment by Frank Soehnle.
Five animalistic animal-friends are on search for their animal ego where they find something mysterious and unexpected. Where does the animal begin, where does the human end and what fits in between? The question why we so easily accept what is alien in the animal will give us cause to think with all the panting, howling and stroking on a red sofa.

Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran

by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt | translated into German by Annette and Paul Bäcker
object theatre for 12 year-olds and older | duration: 80 minutes
director: Atif Mohammed Nor Hussein
stage design, costumes, objects: Kathrin Sellin, Atelier Theater Waidspeicher
solo-performance: Tomas Mielentz

A multi-religious parable about tolerance, wisdom, luck, kind-heartedness and an unusual friendship

Momo is eleven years old and lives in Paris in an orthodox-Jewish area. His grand-fatherly friend and teacher is the old Muslim colonial-ware trader Monsieur Ibrahim, who is thought to be an Arab although he is not Arab at all. He accompanies Momo as he grows up. Monsieur Ibrahim knows the secrets of happiness and of laughing. This helps even in the most difficult situations: in the all-male household with the melancholic father, stealing cans in the shop and with the young women in the Rue de Paradis. In a rickety, rattlely car Momo and his teacher set off together on a journey, to see the sea in Monsieur Ibrahim's home, the golden half-moon.

The realization of this production was supported by the Sparkassenstiftung Erfurt.

Atlas of Remote Islands

by Judith Schalansky | puppet theatre for 14 year olds and older | duration: 75 minutes
director: Christian Georg Fuchs
media stage design: Raphael Köhler and Christian Scheibe / NIVRE Film & Studio GmbH
puppets: Peter Lutz | puppet costumes: Gisa Kuhn
cast: Heinrich Bennke, Paul Günther, Maurice Voß

A journey of exploration to far off places

Thanks to Google maps and photos of the world from outer space, there is nowhere on earth that we cannot picture. Using electronic eyes, we can see almost every island. However, are we really there? Judith Schalansky dedicated her multi-award-winning book to the discovery of the world through maps. She put together reports and stories about faraway islands all over the world, “Islands I have never been to and will never visit”.

In a theatrical journey we travel to twelve of these islands, to far off sites and settings of history and stories. Twelve mini dramas present twelve strange, comical and unusual stories about far-off people and rare animals: a treasure hunter, a bird watcher, a Morna singer, the French emperor Napoleon, a polar explorer, a feminist aviation pioneer, an extinct sea cow.