“Hikikomori” is the Japanese name for a phenomenon in which people – mostly youths – consciously withdraw from the outside world. These recluses shut themselves up in their homes and lead a completely virtual life – their only communication with others taking place in Internet chat rooms or through video games. Sociologists have likened this refusal to participate in society to a “social hunger strike“. There are already more than a half a million hikikomori –mainly young men – practising this kind of self-imposed exile in Japan.

However, Holger Schober’s one-man play isn’t about Japan. It’s the story of H. and his dangerous attempt to shut out the world. H. hasn’t left his room in months when he unexpectedly gets the chance to lead a “normal” life. He enters into a relationship with a mysterious girl named Rosebud, whom he meets in a chat room. But even this opportunity to escape from his self-imposed imprisonment proves illusory.


Holger Schober

Holger Schober

Holger Schober was born 1976 in Graz. He studied acting at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna and subsequently began his training in cultural management. Holger Schober is an author, actor, and director. He has been writing plays and screenplays ...

Plays by Holger Schober

U: 19.01.2006 Theater an der Gumpendorfer Straße, Wien