17 June 2014 •
Who is Roland Schimmelpfennig?Who is Roland Schimmelpfennig?
Roland Schimmelpfennig was first introduced to Britain at the Royal Court with his play Push Up back in 2002. Now he’s back and at the Gate with the first UK production of Idomeneus. In between then and now he has been pretty busy. With his plays translated into over 20 languages, he has been awarded the Muhlheimer Dramatis Award for his play The Golden Dragon that was first produced in Burgtheatre Vienna which has since then been reproduced by multiple companies and theatres around the globe.
Not always a playwright, Schimmelpfennig was originally a freelance journalist in Istanbul. Luckily for us he is now one of Germany’s leading playwrights. His plays naturally respond to his country’s reputation for theatre culture that is fuelled by a desire for experimentation, risk and an unwillingness to conform to conventions. Hence why the opportunity to see his work, minus the cost of a flight to Mannheim or Berlin, is one that we here at the Gate are so excited to be able to offer our audiences. His work reflects his country’s appetite for theatrical deconstruction and reinvention following on from and ultimately ever present wake of Bertolt Brecht. Most importantly however, his work reflects his background as a dramaturg, originally engaged by the Berlin Schaubuhne. A clear influence on his writing, dramaturgy has given him the invaluable experience of multiple rehearsal rooms, working with and watching theatrical processes. These influences have organically informed and enriched his work that never fails to receive the critical recognition it deserves.