Plays for young audiences / Schooltours

All performances listed will take place at the Theater im Zoo at Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1, 60316 Frankfurt am Main.

Kindertransport

by Diane Samuels

Recommended for grade 10 – 13

Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes

During the Kindertransport, a British rescue mission that took place at the beginning of WWII, over 10,000 Jewish children from various countries were placed in British foster homes and families to save them from certain death.

The play tells the story of how nine-year-old Eva, a German Jewish girl, is sent by her parents on the Kindertransport to start a new life with a foster family in Britain just before the outbreak of World War II. More than forty years later, she has changed her name to Evelyn and denied her roots. When her own daughter discovers old letters and photos in the attic, she is forced to confront the truth about who she really is and to reveal a dark secret that she has done everything to keep hidden.

Kindertransport depicts the agony of separating a child from her parents and wrestles with the consequences of that choice that, while an act of sacrifice, also wreaks devastating results.

Der Kindertransport war eine britische Rettungsmission, die zu Beginn des Zweiten Weltkriegs stattfand. Über 10.000 jüdische Kinder aus verschiedenen Ländern wurden in britischen Pflegeheimen und -familien untergebracht, um sie vor dem sicheren Tod zu retten.

Das Stück erzählt die Geschichte, wie die neunjährige Eva, ein deutsch-jüdisches Mädchen, kurz vor Ausbruch des Zweiten Weltkriegs von ihren Eltern mit einem der Kindertransporte nach England geschickt wird, um ein neues Leben bei einer Pflegefamilie zu beginnen. Über vierzig Jahre später hat sie ihren Namen in Evelyn geändert und ihre Wurzeln verleugnet. Als ihre eigene Tochter einige alte Briefe und Fotos auf dem Dachboden entdeckt, ist sie gezwungen, sich der Wahrheit darüber zu stellen, wer sie wirklich ist, und ein dunkles Geheimnis zu enthüllen, das zu verbergen sie alles getan hat.

Kindertransport führt uns neben der Notwendigkeit der rettenden Transporte auch die die Qual der Trennung eines Kindes von seinen Eltern mitsamt all seinen Folgen vor Augen.

Director   René M. Becker
Set Design René M. Becker,  Marcel Schmitt and Ann-Kathrin Schuman
Costume Design 
Mirta Kljajo
Lighting Design
 Oded Huberman
Sound Design David Sidnev
Props Dirk Conrad

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5th March 2024 at 10.00 am
15th March 2024 at 10.00 am
18th March 2024 at 10.00 am


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Robin Hood

by Kathryn Schultz Miller

A classic comedy for grade 5-6

With King Richard the Lionhearted away fighting wars in the Holy Land, his brother Prince John seizes the regency in England. Prince John and his followers are hard on the peasants, increasing their taxes and hanging those that cannot afford to pay. Robin of Locksley, also known as Robin Hood, rebels against the prince and is declared an outlaw. Living in Sherwood Forest, Robin and the Merry Men rob from the rich, give to the poor. Despite their dedication to avenging the less fortunate, Robin still takes time to woo the lovely Maid Marian, who herself actively resists the force of her father and the prince.

The legend of Robin Hood wonderfully exemplifies the virtues of justice, fair play, generosity, and compassion that are essential qualities of being human.

 

Während König Richard Löwenherz Kriege im Heiligen Land führt, übernimmt sein Bruder Prinz John die Regentschaft in England. Prinz John und seine Gefolgsleute gehen hart mit den Bauern um, erhöhen die Steuern und hängen diejenigen auf, die es sich nicht leisten können, zu zahlen. Robin von Locksley, auch bekannt als Robin Hood, rebelliert gegen den Prinzen und wird zum Gesetzlosen erklärt. Robin und seine fröhlichen Gefährten hausen im Sherwood Forest, rauben die Reichen aus und geben ihre Beute den Armen. Nebenbei hat Robin immer noch Zeit, die schöne Maid Marian zu umwerben, die sich selbst aktiv der Gewalt ihres Vaters und des Prinzen widersetzt.

Die Legende von Robin Hood veranschaulicht wunderbar die Tugenden, die das Menschsein auszeichnen: Gerechtigkeit, Fairplay, Großzügigkeit und Mitgefühl.

Eine klassische Komödie für die Klassen 6-7.

Director   PJ Escobio
Set Design PJ Escobio and Matthias Lyssy
Costume Design
Mirta Kljajo
Lighting Design
 Philipp Zier
Sound Design Max Borschel und David Sidnev
Props Dirk Conrad

14th May 2024 at 10.00 am and 11.30 am
15th May 2024 at 10.00 am and 11.30 am
16th May 2024 at 10.00 am and 11.30 am
17th May 2024 at 10.00 am and 11.30 am

1st July 2024 at 10.00 am and 11.30 am
2nd July 2024 at 10.00 am and 11.30 am
3rd July 2024 at 10.00 am and 11.30 am
4th July 2024 at 10.00 am and 11.30 am
5th July 2024 at 10.00 am and 11.30 am


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.

Robin Hood is most suitable for students grade 6 and 7.

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

Kindertransport is most suitable for grades 9 to 13.

The duration of the shows Robin Hood and Malala is approximately 60 minutes, with an actor talkback session following the 11 am shows upon consultation with our Education Department. Price: € 10 per ticket

The duration of the Kindertransport shows is approximately 2 hours including a break. Actor Talk Backs can be arranged upon consultation. Price: € 12 per ticket.

To all productions we provide 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 contact 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.