Wilde Schwäne (Wild Swans) - Theaterhaus Ensemble Frankfurt (D)

A woman walks into the room; she is called Lies and she is a stewardess. She begins to talk, full of energy and joy, about her job, about flying and about aviation. But when she searches through her suitcase to find the things she needs for her promotional presentation she instead finds an old book of fairytales and a pair of knitting needles with ugly, prickly thread. This reminds her of a completely different story that must now be told. A story that is also about flying, but one that awakens painful memories…

Hans Christian Andersen’s Wild Swans is a fairytale about patience, love and stamina, which is exciting until the very last moment and never lets you go. In this version, Wild Swans is told my a girl that achieves the humanly impossible, but still doubts herself and is never happy with her abilities. She needs loving brothers (and audience members) who can help her hold her head up high, so that she can believe in herself again.

The play is not only physically near to the young audience, they are constantly being invited to give their own opinions and to demonstrate their abilities (at knitting, for instance). And so, over the course of the story, the children become accomplices, they help the protagonist to stay strong when she loses her courage and, finally, help her save her brothers.

  • Based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen
  • Classroom-based play, followed by discussion (9+)
  • Running time: 2 school teaching periods
  • Public performance in Burg Vischering, Lüdinghausen
  • Running time: around 60 minutes
  • Cast: Uta Nawrath, direction: Silvia Andringa, script: Silvia Andringa, Theater Sonnevanck, music: Martin Franke, set-up: Kerstin Laackmann, translation and dramaturgy: Susanne Freiling


  • Sunday, 4.11.2012, 16.00
    Burg Vischering, Lüdinghausen
  • Monday, 5.11.2012, 09.30 + 11.30 (double performance)
  • Tuesday, 6.11.2012, 09.30 + 11.30 (double performance)

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