FIND 2020

Festival International New Drama
From 11 to 22 March 2020

At the 20th Festival International New Drama you have the opportunity to experience outstanding new works by theatremakers from eight countries and three continents. Following the associative theme of »Counterimage and Counterpower«, the focus lies on productions whose content and aesthetics seek to break prevailing structures and subvert them from the margins. In this way, the plays will uncover society’s blind spots and give space to images and narratives that are suppressed and erased from social discourse. At the same time, the works will reflect upon the position of their own art form: the theatre as a place of confrontation with images and counterimages, with power and counterpower.

»Outside«, the new production by Kirill Serebrennikov (Moscow) who, in spite of a years-long house arrest in Russia, was impressively managing to continue directing, mirrors his own experience of repression in the character of the deceased Chinese photographer Ren Hang whose works portray a new Chinese generation in all its rebellious will to live with a nonconformist beauty that stands in stark contrast to the state-sanctioned image of youth.
In »Pratthana A Portrait of Possession«, the first production from Thailand to be featured at FIND, Uthis Haemamool (writer, Bangkok) and Toshiki Okada (director, Tokyo) follow the experiences of a young artist from the provinces from 1992 to today and create a broad panorama of Bangkok’s artistic counter-culture which, in its excesses of sex and drugs, sets itself against every establishment. It is a chronicle of a radical exodus from all institutions into a seemingly free counter-cosmos which nonetheless, in the face of the advancing degeneration of politics and society, proves to be a place of fatal isolation. In »The Scarlet Letter«, Spanish writer, director and performer Angélica Liddell (Madrid) immerses herself in a dystopian society that is hostile to art and composed of disparate elements including the puritanical 19th century America — setting of the eponymous novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne — and the dictatorship in Bradbury’s »Fahrenheit 451«: symbolic of a present in which art and philosophy are stigmatised in a similar way to how adultery was by Puritanism. And yet those branded with the scarlet »A« — then for »Adulteress«, now for »Artist« — have the potential to break free from the totalitarian structure.
In his latest work »Family«, Milo Rau (Ghent) painfully explores the construct of the family and the desires and stereotypes to which it gives rise. Using as a starting point a real-life case in which a married couple from Calais and their two children hanged themselves, Rau confronts us with the sense of helplessness that a seemingly inexplicable act leaves behind. Together with a real family — the actors An Miller and Filip Peeters and their daughters — he imagines their last evening and investigates the underlying causes and traumas.
With »salt.«, writer, director and performer Selina Thompson (Birmingham) undertakes to write a counter-history of Black British identity that refutes the official historiography as she travels as a passenger on a container ship on the routes along which the slave ships deported her ancestors from Ghana to Jamaica. Racism and patriarchal power structures within the crew make her a witness to an unbroken apparatus of hegemony.
Starting from the setting of a rehearsed reading, young Canadian-American author, performance artist and musician Christopher Brett Bailey (Ontario/New York/London) develops in »THIS IS HOW WE DIE« a rapid psychedelic homage to the rebellion of the Beatniks, presented by himself in the style of a Beat poetry performance — a work that constantly treads a thin line between hallucinogenic surrealism, tart social satire and personal confession.
In »My little Antarctica«, the KnAM Theatre (Komsomolsk-on- Amur) searches for historical traces in Russia’s far east, in the middle of the taiga, and — from the starting point of a city’s contradictory history — creates a portrait of a deeply unsettled post-Soviet society riven by tensions and repression.
In »Triple Threat« performer Lucy McCormick (London) retells the New Testament with lashings of pop music and elaborate choreographies — with herself taking all the lead roles, supported by two background dancers. In doing so, she shamelessly appropriates one of the most hetero-normative narratives of the Western world and converts it into a completely new, queer-feminist history of salvation. After »SAIGON« two years ago, Caroline Guiela Nguyen (Valence) is returning to FIND with »Mon grand amour«. Performed in a private Berlin apartment, the theatre becomes a seemingly hyper-realistic portrayal of reality, of the stories of three people at a turning point — but subverts and contradicts them at the same time.
The festival also includes the world premiere of »Die Affen« by Marius von Mayenburg (Berlin) and »Qui a tué mon père« by and with Édouard Louis (Paris), staged by Thomas Ostermeier (Berlin) in a try-out in cooperation with the author. In this experiment, Édouard Louis himself will be performing one of his own texts on stage for the first time. The show is a coproduction with the Théâtre de la Ville Paris. Also featuring from the new Schaubühne repertoire is »Die Anderen«, directed by the play’s writer Anne-Cécile Vandalem (Brussels).
The festival is accompanied discursively by thematic panels and discussions including the political philosopher Chantal Mouffe (London), who has explored the concepts of counter-hegemony and counterpower more than almost any other contemporary thinker and will — in conversation with Katja Kipping (Berlin) and other guests — reflect on their implementation in an artistic practice.
Furthermore, there will be post-show talks, a concert by the band Pollyester (Munich) and two parties.

FIND plus

In 2020, the »FIND plus« programme for up-and-coming talents is taking place for the tenth time. Its ten-day schedule promotes an intensive dialogue between the theatre-makers of today and those of tomorrow, between acting and directing students from Belgium, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Russia and the USA. Around 80 students from schools in Paris, Strasbourg, Liége, Munich, Hamburg, Vienna, Berlin, Moscow, Cairo, Tel Aviv and New York meet the festival’s theatre-makers, accompany the programme and work together in masterclasses taught by experts including Grazyna Dylag, Mike Bernardin and Nir de Volff.

Programme Overview

Wednesday, 11 March
20.00: Die Affen


Thursday, 12 March

20.00 – 21.15: salt.

20.30 – 22.45: Die Anderen


Friday, 13 March

17.30 – 18.45: salt.

19.00: Die Affen

19.30 – 21.15: Outside

21.30 – 23.45: Die Anderen

21.45 – 22.45: Triple Threat


Saturday, 14 March

13.00: »The Philosophy of the New Protest Movements«

15.00 – 17.15: Die Anderen

17.30 – 18.45: salt.

19.00 – 20.45: Outside

21.00: Die Affen

21.45 – 22.45: Triple Threat

On 23.30 FIND Opening Party


Sunday, 15 March

15.00: »Playwriting in the UK and in Germany«

18.00 – 19.45: Outside

20.00: Die Affen


Monday, 16 March

20.00 – 21.10: THIS IS HOW WE DIE


Thuesday, 17 March

18.00 – 19.20: Family

20.00 – 21.10: THIS IS HOW WE DIE


Wednesday, 18 March

18.00 – 19.10: THIS IS HOW WE DIE

20.00 – 21.10: THIS IS HOW WE DIE


Thursday, 19 March

18.00 – 18.50: Mon grand amour

20.00 – 21.45: The Scarlet Letter

20.30 – 21.20: Mon grand amour


Friday, 20 March

17.30 – 19.10: My little Antarctica

18.00 – 18.50: Mon grand amour

19.30 – 21.15: The Scarlet Letter

20.30 – 21.20: Mon grand amour

22.00: Qui a tué mon père


Saturday, 21 March

14.00 – 15.40: My little Antarctica
16.00 – 17.45: The Scarlet Letter

16.30: Qui a tué mon père

18.00 – 18.50: Mon grand amour

18.00 – 22.00: Pratthana — A Portrait of Possession

20.00 – 21.40: My little Antarctica

20.30 – 21.20: Mon grand amour

23.00: Konzert Pollyester

Im Anschluss FIND Closing Party mit DJ Preller


Sunday, 22 March

12.00: »A Green New Deal«

16.00: Qui a tué mon père

18.00 – 18.50: Mon grand amour

18.00 – 22.00: Pratthana — A Portrait of Possession

20.30 – 21.20: Mon grand amour



FIND is supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Berlin


Institut Francais  Holtzbrinck  Accion Cultural Espanola  freunde_der_schaubühne


FIND plus in cooperation with



The_New_School_logo otto falckenberg schule theaterakademie august everding theatre national strasbourg HfMT Hamburg  max reinhardt



FIND plus is supported by




FIND is presented by



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