On 23.2.2015, the Sophie-Scholl-Schule substation attended a four-hour workshop at the Schaubühne theatre in Berlin about Henrik Ibsen’s play “An Enemy of the People”.
In the play, Dr. Stockmann exposes a scandal: the water at the town health baths is contaminated. To begin with, he receives support from the press and his friends. Yet they suddenly change their position and no longer want the scandal to be uncovered. They see their future as threatened.
Thomas Ostermeier’s staging of the play poses the question: what chance does truth have in a society where the economy comes before all else?
The students were given the following task: have I even been opportunistic? When? Why?
It was interesting to hear my classmates’ “confessions” and observe their facial expressions at the same time.
Who is stronger? Who is more powerful? Who is more convincing?
The students were given instructions by Wiebke Nonne, the Schaubühne’s theatre educator, in how to make proper use of their bodies in theatre acting.
The workshop was funny and interesting, but also demanding.
Many thanks to the Theatre Education team at the Schaubühne in Berlin!
The workshop helped me internalise the play more!