International project by Antú Romero Nunes based on J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan”

Thirteen young people on stage and most of them share neither the same language nor cultural background. So what connects them? What does home, identity and a sense of belonging mean to them? For his production of “Neverland”, director Antú Romero Nunes, who was born in Tübingen in 1983 and raised in a multilingual family, has brought actors of various nationalities together. On stage at the Hamburg Thalia Theater, each will perform in their mother tongue and when speaking together, will choose the language they would normally use to communicate with in real life. The narrative frame of this experimental arrangement is the story of Peter Pan. In the fictitious haven of Neverland, Wendy and Peter Pan – both of middle-class backgrounds – and Captain Hook, encounter people from many different walks of life. The one thing they have in common is their state of being uprooted.

A joint workshop in summer 2019 will kick off the participative project, during which the actors will meet one another and share insights into their personal backgrounds. Like their corresponding native languages, Antú Romero Nunes will interweave the actors’ personal stories into the play. Nunes aims to break with gender-specific casting conventions in that Wendy will be played by a man and Peter Pan by a young woman. With this production, the director wishes to present the panorama of a young, internationally connected generation and enable the audience to experience cultural diversity. An accompanying programme will expand on the international dialogue and exchange with various concepts related to “homeland”.

Artistic director: Joachim Lux
Stage director: Antú Romero Nunes
Dramaturgy: Christina Bellingen
Project manager and artistic associate: Franziska Autzen

Artists/actors: Aenne Schwarz, Alexandra Mamkaeva, Christiane von Poelnitz, Electra Hallman, Johannes Hofmann und Anna Bauer, Lena Schön and Helen Stein, Marko Mandić, Matthias Koch, Nir de Volff, Pascal Houdus

International partners: Baltic House Theatre Festival, Platform European Theatre Academies (PLETA), Ljubljana Slovene National Theatre, The Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden


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