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Der Struwwelpeter

Eine Koproduktion des Ensemble Modern mit der Volksbühne

It is one of the most famous ideas to have originated in Frankfurt am Main, known and passionately discussed worldwide: the collection of short stories written and illustrated by the physician Heinrich Hoffmann for his son in the mid-19th century entitled ›Struwwelpeter‹ (or ›Shock-Headed Peter‹ to English-language audiences), featuring the violent and humorous adventures of Fidgety Philipp, Little Paula, Johnny Look-In-the-Air, Konrad the Thumb-Sucker... Even today, and not only in teacher training courses, there are heated discussions about the author’s pedagogical methods and the intentions inferred from the images and verses. Still, the entertaining stories about ignorance, disobedience, instruction and punishment are highly popular, as evidenced by numerous adaptations and parodies. Together with the Volksbühne and its central pillar Michael Quast, Ensemble Modern takes a fresh look at the material and its miniatures, and opened the new performance venue of the Fliegende Volksbühne on Großer Hirschgraben on January 24, 2020 with the world premiere of ›Der Struwwelpeter‹. Ensemble Modern members Uwe Dierksen, Christian Hommel and Hermann Kretzschmar wrote their own, philosophical and bizarre pieces, to be performed by their own ensemble as well as Michael Quast and Sabine Fischmann of the Fliegende Volksbühne.

„Shock-Headed Peter“ has never been seen, let alone heard like this.FAZ, Michael Hierbolzer
A delicious, Frankfurt-flavoured mix.FAZ, Michael Hierbolzer
Frankfurt, however, may be glad that such cross-genre collaboration as that between Ensemble Modern and Volksbühne is effortlessly possible.Frankfurter Rundschau, Claus-Jürgen Göpfert