A post-colonial South Seas dream.

Nauru is a tiny South Sea island. Its surface was covered metres thick with phosphate, which was created from bird droppings. Because of this raw material, the island experienced a rollercoaster ride through capitalism: indigenous tribal structure, German colony, richest country in the world, state bankruptcy. Today, the phosphate has been mined, the island devastated, the population overweight and sick. A refugee camp is the biggest source of foreign currency.

Based on ethnological studies and illustrations, colonial reports, South Seas camps and current reportages, SHIT ISLAND explores the entanglement of European imperialism and the staging of South Seas exoticism. For the demise of the former "Pleasent Island" also destroys our projection of a paradisiacal "perfect world".

Winner Kurt Hackenberg Prize for Political Theatre 2019!

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In SHIT ISLAND,Futur3 draws the curiously tragic story of Nauru as a parable of unleashed capitalism. Images of real islanders and landscapes are consistently avoided, because the evening is also an investigation into how false, remote-controlled images of the foreign have been created for centuries.

Theatre Today / April 2018 (Dorothea Marcus)

Furthermore, what is unique in this dimension and quality is the mix of media that director André Erlen and his talented team make use of. The result is a history of the island in various episodes that makes a contribution to anti-imperialist discourse in an entertaining, at times amusing way, criticising existing conditions without raising a moralising finger. That's how theatre should be. / 2017

Dates 2019

Cologne: 19.06. - 22.06.2019 (20:00) | 23.06.2019 (18:00)
Venue: ORANGERIE - Theater im Volksgarten, Volksgartenstraße 25, 50677 Cologne -> more info and tickets HERE!
Hanover: 16 - 18.05.2019 (20:00)
Venue: Eisfabrik Hannover -> more info and tickets HERE!
Munich: 28th | 29th September 2019
Venue: Pasinger Fabrik Munich -> more info and tickets HERE!

Premiere: 18.11.2017 - 20:00
Location: ORANGERIE - Theater im Volksgarten, Volksgartenstraße 25, 50677 Köln

Ticket prices - only for ORANGERIE Cologne!

Single ticket: 18,00 € / 12,00 € * /

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By and with: Irene Eichenberger, Stefan H. Kraft, Luzia Schelling (play), André Erlen (direction), Nicole Nikutowski and Klaus M. Zehe (artistic collaboration), Petra Maria Wirth (space and costume), Jörg Ritzenhoff (music), Boris Kahnert (lighting), Per Larsen (video), Olya Kozliuk (assistance)

A production by Futur3 in cooperation with the Free Trade Zone - Ensemblenetzwerk Köln e.V.


With the kind support of:
Cultural Office of the City of Cologne, Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW

Tags: germany / colonialism / politics / theatre