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Der Untergang des Egoisten Johann Fatzer

Bertolt Brecht

After the big cooperation project of the theatre alliance vier.ruhr "Ein Mensch wie ihr", which we showed together with the Mülheimer Theatertage and the Ringlokschuppen Ruhr in October and November in the Stadthalle in Mülheim, part of the multi-part theatre course is moving to the Theater am Raffelberg in a modified version.

It's war and it's winter. In Mülheim an der Ruhr, four soldiers desert and hope for a possible revolution. On the one hand, the conditions for an uprising don't seem so bad, but on the other hand, the people, battered by war, are not yet ready to mobilise against the existing state and its power. For the four deserters, the waiting has begun - and with it the conflicts that unwind within the group. Not infrequently, the violence that pushes outwards turns inwards.

Bertolt Brecht sets the events around the "Egoist Johann Fatzer" in the last winter of the First World War and brings the location of the action very close to us with the text - and thus also the dichotomy between solidarity and betrayal. Can there be winners in such a situation?

Sponsored within the framework of NEUE WEGE by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW in cooperation with the NRW KULTURsekretariat.




Raffelberg Premiere


Theater an der Ruhr
Akazienallee 61
45478 Theater an der Ruhr


Thomas Emons, WAZ

"Theater an der Ruhr" is now staging a full-length version of the Brecht fragment "Der Untergang des Egoisten Johann Fatzer" after an initial short version.
"That was a sensual evening of theater," commented one audience member. [...] The premiere audience experienced a literally cinematic production. The stage designer and the sound technician - Ramallah Aubrecht and Uwe Muschinski - made it possible. Even though the protagonists retreated behind the curtain for their conspiratorial activities, the audience could still observe them closely. It had something of Big Brother about it. The use of microphone and camera technology contributed to this impression. Added to this was the sound of gunfire (which could be heard in the distance), which effectively underscored the action. The production succeeded in drawing the audience deeply into the action.