Only one step to cross the border 10+
by Michael Müller
Mobile production for school assembly halls
JungesSchauSpielHaus - Mobile Produktion
With: Karolina Fijas, Aljoscha Zinflou
Directed by Johan Heß, Set and Costume Design: Anja Wendler, Dramaturgy: Michael Müller
When the doorbell rings, Dede Afful’s whole existence dissolves in a single moment. In just a few days his “piece of Germany” will be part of the past. Dede is an eighteen year-old African who lives illegally in Hamburg with his mother and his younger sister Benedicta. All he wants is a future in the country that has long since become his home.
But through some silly mistake he has been found out by the authorities. Dede escapes and wants to flee the city, but then he remembers his sister Benedicta who is still at school at that point and whom he will never be able to see again. Dede decides that he must see and embrace her one last time. With the help of his best friend Melle, Dede runs through the school in search of his sister. But Benedicta is not there and so Dede decides for the first time in his life to tell the stories that he has been afraid to reveal for so many years. Only with the help of the other children will he be able to escape from the police and avoid his deportation.
In »Über die Grenze ist es nur ein Schritt« the author Michael Müller directs our attention to the personal experience of the young African Dede Afful – an outsider among us – and to the plight of illegal immigrants in Germany. The play shows us people with their hopes for a better life and their longing to fulfil of their dreams.
»Über die Grenze ist es nur ein Schritt« was awarded the prestigious Mülheim KinderStückePreis in 2011 and toured northern Europe at the invitation of the Goethe-Institute. As a mobile production the play visits schools and youth centres. The changing, “theatre-remote” locations serve as a hiding place and venue at the same time and create a special atmosphere capturing the notion of flight for the audience.
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