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Adapted from Georg Büchner - A rewriting by Glossy Pain

Invited to Westwind 2024, one of the most renowned theater festivals for young audiences.


Marie and Margret are best friends - they share a flat and their lives, even when Franz Woyzeck, their neighbour, joins them and falls in love with Marie. Marie and Woyzeck - a love that brings two very different people together and then shifts, almost imperceptibly, silently - until it ends in brute force. Marie, Margret and Woyzeck - the story of a web of relationships that questions our ideas of love, friendship and care.

This rewriting of Woyzeck shifts the perspective to the everyday lives and circumstances of young people, posing the essential questions already inherent in Büchner's ambivalent Woyzeck figure of 1836. Today they are more topical than ever: What makes men become perpetrators? What ideas of relationships do we live by? Is another language than that of violence possible?

A young team around director Katharina Stoll (from the Berlin theatre collective Glossy Pain) is collectively writing a new version of this classic of German theatre literature and reinventing it with a focus on the female characters in the drama - rich in imagery, music and play.

The version was written by: Amanda Babaei Vieira, Constanze Fröhlich, Riah Knight, Katharina Stoll und Joshua Zilinske.


Warning: The production uses large-scale videos with fast cuts and light pulses that can trigger photosensitive epileptic seizures in people with epilepsy.


Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, in cooperation with the FFT Düsseldorf.

We thank Natascha Knieriem with Ijsbel and Zoo Zajac for their kind support and permission to film.



03. February 2023, 7:30 p.m.


Theater an der Ruhr
Akazienallee 61
45478 Theater an der Ruhr



Einführung Woyzeck

Talk between the director Katharina Stoll and Constanze Fröhlich.

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