süßer vogel undsoweiter

Sweet bird andsoforth

(süßer vogel undsoweiter)

Young Audiences

3F / 3M

Age recommendation


No youth club, no bar, and no café. Just the hill, where Cute Stuff, Tiny, The Bomb, and the others meet, between park benches, swing sets, picnic gazebos and porta-potties. They meet almost every day, just like today – but today, they are having a farewell party. Amanda is the first among them to leave, to get about of this place, where they all grew up, off to the train station and go. But before the party even gets going, Amanda is already gone. Left behind under the festoons, the remaining five start talking: About who they are, and who they want to be. About leaving, but where to; about longing, but for what? What should their lives look like: A great insurrection against the perpetual “shit happens” attitude, or rather a starter home with a garden? During this long night, on the narrow edge between past and present, the perspectives shift. For one moment, the pre-conceived answers to the question how youth should be, are fading into the background. And between what they want to do and what they should do, between planning and hoping for the life that’s about to start, a phrase hovers in the air, like a promise: “this much I know / everyone gets it right in the end.”

“Most remarkable is … the language Naumann uses, to envelope the characters’ ambiguous desire for another life. Poetical, clear, no frills.” (Nachtkritik)

World premiere
19.08.2011 Australian Theatre for Young People (Director: Laura Scrivano)

English: sweet bird andsoforth (Translator: Benjamin Winspear)
English language premiere 19.08.2011 Australian Theatre for Young People, Sydney (Director: Laura Scrivano)

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