#1 Wolfgang Schäuble / The Merchant of Venice

Featuring Aglaia Katsiki

Special appearance Ioannis Panagopoulos

Directed by Eric de Vroedt

Camera operator | postproduction: Fabian Hoffmann

Assistance | stage design: Dorothea Lütke Wöstmann

Assistance | dramaturgy: Miriam Wendschoff

From 17 - 22 August 2015, the UTE Decentralized Academy got settled in Bochum for a new masterclass directed by Dutch theatre maker Eric de Vroedt. Eight participant actors from Germany, Bulgaria, France, Greece and Israel/Palestine came together to work on a series of monologues for the “European of the Year”.

Greek actress Aglaia Katsiki graduated from the National Theatre of Northern Greece Drama School in Salonika in 2013. She is a member of the ISO theatre collective since 2012. Aglaia chose the 72 year old German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble, who is fairly known for his tough restrictions in context of the Greek debt crisis, as a character. Using a montage of profiteer Shylock’s monologue from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, she critically exposes the image of Schäuble as “an ordinary politician repeating old mistakes” (The Guardian, 2015). As the actress Aglaia speaks Shylock’s words as Wolfgang Schäuble, she surrenders to her personal feelings as a Greek civilian; her performance culminates in the most bitter cadence: “Tomorrow belongs to me.”

Eric de Vroedt

From September 2016 on, Eric de Vroedt will be the artistic director of the National Theatre (Nationale Toneel) in Den Haag/Netherlands. During the last seasons, he worked regularly at the Schauspielhaus Bochum where he premiered with Hugo Claus’ Freitag (Season 2013/14) and with Judith Herzberg’s Leas Hochzeit (Season 2013/14).

Our special thanks go to:

The team of the Schauspielhaus Bochum!

A project of the Decentralized Academy of the Union des Théâtres de l’Europe

at the Schauspielhaus Bochum (Germany) | 17 – 22 August 2015

In the framework of the CONFLICT ZONES network-programme of the UTE.

With the support of the "Creative Europe" programme of the European Union.