Workshop 1: Things on Strings - Sachen an Fäden

with Frank Soehnle | for 12 year olds and older
Duration: 180 minutes | in German | limited tickets
Saturday, 8 June 2024 | 11 a.m. | Theater Waidspeicher, Cabaret Hall

The string puppet has a special place within figure techniques. If you look closely, it is a pendulum that absorbs and transforms impulses. This creates a body language that conveys lightness and freedom. It is considered complicated and yet can be very simple. The workshop gives an introduction to the laws and handling of this type of figure. Without any prior knowledge, the abilities of people, materials and puppets are explored in various series of experiments. A door to the magic of a very special form of theatre.
Frank Soehnle studied puppet theatre at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart. He works as director, puppet builder, performs around the world and teaches at various international theatre schools. He is particularly interested in the synergy of all arts and string puppets.

Tickets: 35 €


Colloquium with Workshop 2: Puppetry in the Novel – Novels in Puppetry

Universität Erfurt in cooperation with Theater Waidspeicher

for 16 year olds and older | in German and English
Sunday, 9 June 2024 | 9 a.m.–12:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.–6:45 p.m. |  Lectures | Internationales Begegnungszentrum (IBZ), Michaelisstraße 38
Sunday, 9 June 2024 | 1:30 p.m.–3 p.m. | Workshop 2 | Theater Waidspeicher, Cabaret Hall

Puppetry and novels are close allies. Puppet theatre likes to adapt novels; conversely, there are many novels and stories, for example by Theodor Storm, Harry Mulisch and Philip Roth, in which puppetry plays a leading role and even comes to stand for the aesthetics of the text itself. This connection will be explored in a one-day colloquium with workshop organised by the Professorship of English Literature at the University of Erfurt in cooperation with the Theater Waidspeicher, and comprising of specialist talks and a practical part lead by puppeteers.

The Workshop 2 has limited tickets. To register, please contact Sonja Keßner at E-mail.

Free of charge

Visit to our in-house-workshop

for 8 year olds and older | free admission tickets | max. 12 Visitors
Duration: 30 minutes | in German and English
Saturday, 8 June 2024, 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. | Atelier Theater Waidspeicher

The Theater Waidspeicher has its own studio for puppet making – like few other theatres. This is where puppets of all kinds are designed, modeled, cast, carved or made in other diverse ways. Props and backdrops are also made here by our in-house workshop employees or external artists. Throughout the festival, we give interested guests an insight into the world of our puppets, explain construction methods, materials and mechanisms and show a selection of different types of puppets.

Meeting Point: Foyer Theater Waidspeicher

Exhibition „Villains and Heroes”

Theater Waidspeicher Foyer

Short Introduction | Thursday, 6 June 2024 | 11 a.m. | Theater Waidspeicher, Foyer
open daily | Free Admission

Theater Waidspeicher presents an exhibition of selected puppets from its own collection in the foyer. The puppets always appear in pairs, the good and the bad accompany each other. They include prominent characters from fairy tales, novels and dramas. The exhibition is open all day during the festival.





Kurhaus Simone

The Kurhaus Simone is our festival café and meeting place for artists and guests from all over the world. It is centrally located at Wenigemarkt 21, just a few steps away from the famous Krämerbrücke. The Kurhaus Simone is both a café and a bar. We wish a pleasent time.

open Mondays till Fridays from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. | Saturdays till Sundays from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Wenigemarkt 21
99084 Erfurt