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Als lebten wir in einem barmherzigen Land

By A. L. Kennedy

 Schauspielhaus
 World premiere
 Opening night: 26.1.2024
 2 hours
 With English surtitles
 Thu-Sat: 15-45€, Sun-Wed: 10-40€, under 30 years each seat category: 10€
 Schauspielhaus
 World premiere
 Opening night: 26.1.2024
 2 hours
 With English surtitles
 Thu-Sat: 15-45€, Sun-Wed: 10-40€, under 30 years each seat category: 10€

Should we show mercy to the merciless? — A primary school teacher and a killer caught between love, betrayal and murder

Two versions of reality clash in this gripping story, but hate does not have the last word. Anna is a primary school teacher who still wants to make the world a better place – just as she did 25 years ago when she protested alongside the clowns of the Unrule OrKestrA street theatre troupe against the cynical politics of the British government. At the time, she had no inkling that her then lover “Buster”, a voodoo figure in top hat and tails, was an informant who was betraying them all.

Anna’s reunion with her ex-lover takes place in a courtroom in late 2019 – shortly before the outbreak of the pandemic. She embarks on the hunt for her tormentor and places herself in extreme danger. How far does evil reach? And can Anna keep herself free from it?

In this play, two contrasting perspectives are adroitly intertwined: Anna’s diary (written on recycled paper during the pandemic) and the notes of the undercover cop-turned-killer “Buster” who justifies his cold-blooded murders as a way to rid the world of its worst villains. Two voices, two genders, two world views, two loving men around Anna, two deep crises and two fairy tales. A linguistically brilliant story about our deeply troubling times.

  • Assistent to the Director Claudia Kaunzner
  • Assistent Stage and Costume Design  Julia Bahn
  • Stage Manager Hanno Nehring
  • Promter Sandra Petermann
  • Stage Managing Intern Luise Marr
  • Equipment Intern Laetizia Konvalin
  • Art production management Zora Luhnau
  • Production management technology Carolin Husemann
  • Stage Master Marcel Homack
  • Stage Machinery Thomas Grill, Michael Preusser, Manuel Weber
  • Lighting Tobias Fisch, Tankred Friedrich, Parthasarathi Sampath Kumar, Falko Rosin
  • Sound Quirin Schacherl, Thomas Schlienger
  • Make-Up Brigitte Frank, Sylvia Janka
  • Costumes Friederike Diemer, Jessica Watermann
  • Props Stefan Leeb, Sabine Schutzbach
  • Carpentry Elen Bosse, Josef Friesl, Stefan Klodt-Bussmann, Wolfgang Mechmann
  • Metalworkers Jürgen Goudenhooft, Friedrich Würzhuber
  • Decorations Anja Gebauer, Tobias Herzog, Maria Hörger
  • Scenic Painting Evi Eschenbach, Renée Nakad
  • Performance rights Rowohlt Theaterverlag
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Trailer
Trailer
Wiebke Puls on the right, hunched over, looking fearfully into the camera. On the left, Edmund Telgenkämper in profile.

Read more about the production, about A. L. Kennedy’s novel “Alive in a Merciful Country” and about the Trautonium!

Photo of A.L. Kennedy in front of a bookcase.
German surtitles
We will meet where there is no darkness
Opening speech 23/24
Author A. L. Kennedy on social polarization, and what we can do to counter it
Erde, Feuer, Wasser, Luft #3
Tales for our planet • Lukas Bärfuss meets A.L. Kennedy

Press reviews

Abendzeitung • 28.1.24
Bayerische Staatszeitung • 2.2.24
Münchner Merkur • 27.1.24
Dates & Tickets
Thu 6.6. 8 – 10 pm

Introduction from 7:30 pm

Als lebten wir in einem barmherzigen Land
  • Schauspielhaus
  • World premiere
  • Opening night: 26.1.2024
  • 2 hours
  • With English surtitles
  • Thu-Sat: 15-45€, Sun-Wed: 10-40€, under 30 years each seat category: 10€