Der Kaktus


(Der Kaktus)


1F / 3M / 4 additional actors

Jochen Dürrmann, from the special ops unit GSG 9, has managed to pull off a real coup. He arrested an internationally wanted terror suspect in front of a Frankfurt flower store, and brought him, with the assistance of the young beat cop Cem, to the station for interrogation. Neither Cem nor Dürrman, nor the police cadet Susi who soon joins the team, seem to be bothered by the fact that the alleged Al Quaida fighter happens to be a big cactus. There is just too much elation about the successful manhunt, too much confusion about who is in charge, and too many red herrings, like Cem's immigration status, Susi being discriminated against as a woman, or inconvenient questions about the boundaries of the rule of law. Since the culprit, as is to be expected from a cactus, remains silent, he is being threatened with torture. And the pace picks up even more when Dr. Schmidt of the federal criminal investigation bureau BKA rushes in, waving data from online surveillance and announces imminent danger: a terrorist attack in Frankfurt airport. The cactus is subjected to electric shocks until the conspirators begin to doubt their actions - unaware that the specters they raised will be haunting them for a long time.

World premiere
05.11.2009 Münchner Volkstheater (Director: Bettina Bruinier)

Icelandic (Translator: Bjarni Jónsson)
Icelandic premiere 01.03.2013 Leikfélag Akureyrar (Akureyri Theater Company), Reykjavík (Translator: , Director: Ragnheiðar Skúladóttur)
Polish (Translator: Iwona Nowacka)
Swedish (Translator: Maria Tellander)

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