Year
2008
Length
1 x 30'
Genre
Culture
Format
Digital Betacam
Director
Jobst Knigge
Broadcaster
ZDFtheaterkanal / 3sat / ZDFdokukanal
Theatrescapes
GRIPS Theater Berlin

For almost 40 years, a visit to the GRIPS Theatre in Berlin has been one of the highlights of the year for generations of schoolchildren. Grips means brains in Berlinese. But Grips is much more than that. It is a theatre that is unique in all of Germany.

West Berlin, the free city of the free world, frontline city against communism: 1969 is the official start of Grips. Born out of the tradition of post-war cabaret, Volker Ludwig and his friends make anti-authoritarian children's theatre. "Stokkerlok und Millipilli" is the name of the first play with a clear message: it is forbidden to ban. A scandal, the GRIPS Theatre makes itself unpopular with politicians and the press - but in the end holds its own.

The play "Linie 1", which has been performed without interruption since 1986, marks the beginning of a unique success story and a journey around the world: Calcutta, Moscow, Omsk, Vilnius, Seoul, London… Today, "Linie 1" runs in 25 languages all over the world and is the most successful German musical of all time after the Threepenny Opera.

In addition to the founder and director Volker Ludwig and the actors Axel Prahl, Dieter Landuris and Julia Blankenburg, who were or are part of the large Grips family, Klaus Wowereit and Eberhard Diepgen have their say. They all talk about an extraordinary piece of German theatre history and a theatre that for many is an inseparable part of childhood, youth and growing up.

Broadcast: Sunday, 28 December 2008, 12.30 p.m., 3Sat.

Theatrescapes: GRIPS Theater Berlin

For almost 40 years, a visit to the GRIPS Theatre in Berlin has been one of the highlights of the year for generations of schoolchildren. Grips means brains in Berlinese. But Grips is much more than that. It is a theatre that is unique in all of Germany.

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