Germany in 2021. After the multiple crises of the last decade, the vision of a united Europe has given way to the reality of an overarching security apparatus. The society is divided: critics of all political camps demand that Germany quit the European Union whereas supporters of the EU want to hold on to the old ideal of a community of solidary. To appease the situation, the German government let the people decide in a referendum on quitting the Union. A couple of days before the vote, a young PR agent gets hold of top-secret information. Its publication would have severe consequences for Europe as a whole.
In “Lessons of Leaking” machina eX reflects the moral conflicts between the conflicting priorities of democracy, transparency, freedom of speech and manipulation. In collaboration with the playwright Dmitrij Gawrisch, the media collective develops a theatrical game, where political ideals and personal interests are pitted irreconcilable against each other. In a group of 12, the audience enacts a political thriller and makes wide-ranging decisions on the course of history: To leak or not to leak?
EUROPOLY is a European project for theatre and film by the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with MünchnerKammerspiele, Onassis Cultural Centre Athens, Sirenos – Vilnius International Theatre Festival, Teatro Maria Matos Lisbon and Tiger Dublin Fringe.
Lessons of leaking
By Dmitrij Gawrisch and machina ex
Directed by Anna Fries
In German with Greek surtitles.
National Theatre of Greece | Experimental Stage ( -1)