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An Enemy of the People by Schaubühne Berlin

Goethe-Institut Singapore
Event organized by Goethe-Institut Singapore

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Celebrated German director Thomas Ostermeier takes on Ibsen’s 19th century play in a riotous stage production.

The internationally renowned theatre director Thomas Ostermeier brings his signature aesthetics and gritty realism to a Southeast Asian stage for the first time. Ostermeier gives a modern update to Henrik Ibsen’s still topical story of one man’s crusade to tell the truth at all costs. In between a rock band rehearsal, hipster costumes, riffs from David Bowie, and an electrifying climax where the audience is called upon to participate in rowdy debate, the remarkable production boldly tackles very contemporary dilemmas that seem to have added resonance six years after its Berlin premiere.

In collaboration with dramaturg Florian Borchmeyer, Thomas Ostermeier takes up Henrik Ibsen’s central leitmotifs of truth, freedom, justice and the tyranny of the majority. An Enemy of the People follows the messianic journey of a Dr Stockmann who discovers that the drinking water in his spa town is contaminated by industrial waste, and the persecution he faces when his exposé becomes inconvenient to the tourism the town depends on.

Since its premiere in 2012, An Enemy of the People has won rave reviews from critics and audiences alike in Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Melbourne and Seoul.