Gotcha (Die Geiselnahme) 1h 10 Min15 plus
By Barrie Keeffe | Translated by Wolfgang W. Storch
Short info: Melting Point School – between a lack of teachers, motivation problems and a loss of empathy, the promise of education for all is at stake. The resentment that has accumulated over a pupil's entire life escalates on the last day of school.
The last day of school. Stock room. Noon. A school leaver surprises a teacher in a captious situation. The teacher loses control, beats and humiliates him. The pupil sees red and threatens to blow himself and the others up: without the teachers even knowing his name they talk of his incompetence and laziness on his graduation certificate. Solely his social background seems to determine his educational and professional career. The situation escalates...
Education losers? Education winners? Sure, we can become anything we want! Really? Does social origin play a role when it comes to educational justice? Is the promotion of less gifted children a matter of courteousness in our country, or are we dealing with an educational Darwinian "Survival of the Fittest"? In the play by the English author Barrie Keeffe, a hostage situation becomes a symbol of excessive demands, disappointed hopes and emotional impoverishment that social pressure to perform can cause in our schools.
»Successfully pushed to extremes: The Young Spectators Theatre (TdJW) reflects on everyday life in schools with ›Gotcha‹. (...) The three hostages show different types of educators. The student and his time are contrasted with short video recordings from the TdJW production ›The Polar Bear‹ [Die Eisbärin]. A successful YouTube influencer looks back on the fears of her school days. All cleverly placed facets that contribute not only to experiencing the staging as a fast-paced, psychologically plausible escalation, but also to reflecting afterwards on the constitution of the present school system. And to ask the question how personalities are shaped by it and not only how brains can be filled.« LVZ, 30 September 2019
Premiere: 28 September 2019