Die zehn Gebote

[The Ten Commandments]
5F / 8M,

This is war. Church services are held on both sides of the trenches, prayers are said, and hymns are sung to ensure divine assistance for one’s own – and, of course, just – cause. And at the same time, everyone fights with all they've got for survival and their own advantage. Using the siege of Leningrad by German troops as backdrop, Feridun Zaimoglu and Günter Senkel raise the question of how significant fundamental moral and Christian axioms are in times of hunger and violence. What meaning can commandments like “Thou shalt not kill”, “Thou shalt not commit adultery”, or “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's possessions” still have when everything around you falls apart? Switching between the Russian and the German perspective, between fighters and those who are back at home, Zaimoglu and Senkel compose an impressive and dark sequence of scenes where in the midst of all that cruelty, selfishness, and indifference just every now and then a spark of caring and human kindness can be found.

Feridun Zaimoglu

Feridun Zaimoglu

Feridun Zaimoglu (born in 1964 in Bolu, Anatolia) grew up in Germany and studied Art and Human Medicine in Kiel. His first novel Kanak Sprak appeared in 1995 followed by numerous other novels and short stories. Feridun Zaimoglu and Günter Senkel ...

Plays by Feridun Zaimoglu

Günter Senkel

Günter Senkel

Günter Senkel (born in 1958 in Neumünster) has worked as a poster gluer, long distance lorry driver and drinking bottle sorter. He gave up his Physics degree to run his own bookshop in Kiel where he has lived as a freelance writer since 199 ...

Plays by Günter Senkel






U: 15.04.2016 Theater Kiel (Regie: Annette Pullen)