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Eine Person im "Blaumann" balanciert eine Tuba auf dem Kopf.
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Master of Desaster

Theater Marabu
#Children's Theatre
When: Fri 21.04. 14:30
Sat 22.04. 11:00
Sat 22.04. 15:00
Where: GRIPS Podewil / Courtyard
Recommended for ages: 6+ (1. bis 4. Klasse)
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission


A task force tidies up! Garbage needs to be disposed of, green spaces must be kept in order, playground equipment maintained, and danger spots removed. The squad does everything with dedication, while playing brass music or intonating a little song. But this time everything is different. Suddenly, there's a mysterious object that doesn't seem to belong to anyone. How did it get there? Who put it there? And what's in it?

The task force pulls out all the stops to avert an impending disaster. With a lot of absurd humor and brass music, the six performers play against the concerns and fears of today’s world and demonstrate unshakable confidence.

Theater Marabu is represented with its productions at the most important regional and national theater festivals and has been invited to 17 countries. They have received many awards. In 2015, the group received the ASSITEJ Award for Special Merit in Theater for Young Audiences and the INTHEGA Award for Trendsetting Theater.

Follow-up conversations

After all performances, several follow-up conversations take place immediately afterwards, lasting a maximum of 90 minutes. The allocation to the talks takes place on site. There are always also spatially accessible offers. Information about the presenters can be found here.


Piece Development: Ensemble
Composition: Eifler/Gubesch/Spies
Equipment: Bernd Knetsch, Regina Rösing
Performance / Music: Silas Eifler (Helikon Tuba), Tobias Gubesch (Trombone), Julia Hoffstaedter (Clarinet), Tina Jücker (Saxophone), Leonhard Spies (Trumpet), Claus Overkamp (Drum)
Music and Theater Pedagogy: Vivien Musweiler

Supported by: NRW-Landesbüro freie Darstellende Künste e.V., Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and Fonds Darstellende Künste Berlin: NEUSTART KULTUR, Take Action


"Oh, you're in the theater? - do you have a real job too?" Theater Marabu's production of "Master of Disaster" playfully and musically transports us into the world of "real work" for a "street entertainment" troupe that is put on alert by the sudden appearance of a highly suspicious piece of luggage.

A security choreography unfolds before the audience's eyes around the rattling school bag, Hep! Hep! Hep!, the area is secured with pylons and barrier tape. Instead of the working class in overalls, emergency services are deployed as disaster control.

Elsewhere aluminum hats protect against cosmic rays, and here self-built antennas receive signals from the ether, white noise, music, sounds, snippets of words and sentences about the calming effect of potato salad, among other things. After the first disarming attempt fails, only "heavy equipment“ promises rescue, more precisely the HP49-T12, however, that has never been tested before...

While teenage and adult spectators enjoy references to disaster films, the children become more and more involved in supporting the Marabus against the fog of horror.

In this open-air production, the actors of the Marabu Ensemble turn out to be "Masters of Disaster", i.e. by skillfully summoning a disaster while simultaneously, with the help of their young audience, revealing the fears and worries associated with it, in a fearless and safe, but nevertheless very uplifting and stimulating way, and so they help them to cope with it.  "Street entertainment service" of the very best kind, which clears the way or the view on distortions the Covid crisis had in store particularly for children and young people, quite critically questioning measures and their appropriateness. This public dialogue empowers the children act autonomously.

Winfried Tobias


Content Note

n Master of Desaster, loud music is played. This can stimulate sensory stimuli. 

Watch at your own risk, so decide for yourself whether you might feel triggered by the piece or not.