Plays for young audiences / Schooltours

MALALA – A GIRL WITH A BOOK

Recommended age: 15-20

Play for young audiences by
prizewinning British author Nick Wood

30th November 2022 at  11.00am
1st December 2022 at 11.00am
2nd December 2022 at 9am and 11.00am

28th February 2023 at 9am and 11.00am
1st March 2023 at 9am and 11.00am
2nd March 2023 at 9am and 11.00am

29th March 2023 at 9am and 11.00am
30th March 2023 at 9am and 11.00am
31st March 2023 at 9am and 11.00am

2nd May 2023 at 9am and 11.00am
3rd May 2023 at 9am and 11.00am
4th May 2023 at 9am and 11.00am

5th July 2023 at 9am and 11.00am
6th July 2023 at 9am and 11.00am
7th July 2023 at 9am and 11.00am

At the age of 15, Malala Yousafzai was deliberately shot in the head on her way to school by the Taliban. Fighting against the ban on education for girls in her home country Pakistan, Malala had been writing a blog about her life under the Taliban regime for the BBC. The Taliban wanted to silence her, but achieved the opposite. Miraculously, she survived the bullet. Her story shook the world.

Malala Yousafzai is probably the youngest activist for human rights in history. Fighting for the right to education world-wide, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. Her first public speech before the United Nations gives proof to her courage:

“The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions. But nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born. I am the same Malala. My ambitions are the same. My hopes are the same. And my dreams are the same.”

In »Malala – A Girl with a Book«,  an author learns about Malala´s story consequently confronts her own prejudices. Can a “middle-aged, middle-class white writer” ever begin to grasp the life of a Pakistani girl? Is she entitled to an opinion on Islam? Putting herself in the middle of the play, she introduces us to Malala Yousafzai´s life through her eyes. Malala´s life shows that the courageous action of a single person can be decisive for the way we see the world.

Director   PJ Escobio
Set Design  Damian Ntuk
Costume Design Melanie Schoeberl
Lighting Design
Thomas Rösener
Sound Design Jonas Emanuel Hagen
Video Design Louise Rhoades-Brown
Props Dirk Conrad


Every year, students from the age of 10 and up enjoy our special youth productions. The plays deal with topics and stories that reflect the experiences and literary interests of our young audience. The language is adapted to their level and we support teachers with scripts, worksheets, and follow-up workshops. The materials can be downloaded from our website.

The performances of Malala are most suitable for students for grade 9th to 13th.

The duration of the show is approximately 60 minutes, with an actor talkback session afterwards upon consultation with our Education Department. Price: € 10 per ticket. This includes  an online quiz, and detailed lesson materials for working with students. Accompanying teachers receive free tickets.

Play Booklets and Materials

In order to better understand the play we recommend that teachers briefly introduce the piece to students before watching the show. Educational materials to be used in the classroom will be available online. Teachers can use these in the classroom to improve and enrich the students´ understanding of the play and the worksheets are helpful for follow-up exercises.

Please register using the online form provided. If interested, you can ask our education department for excerpts of the play scripts ()

Please note that cancellations need to be made well in advance for us to make alternative arrangements.