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“I will build a great wall, and no one builds walls better than me,” Donald Trump promised during his 2016 election campaign for the US presidency. Years later, the time has finally come. The wall is built, but unfortunately accidentally across Max and Maria von Trüb's garden.

The ancient couple, who once immigrated from Austria to the USA with their large group of children to escape the Nazis, don't find it funny at all, reflect on their roots and want to return to their old homeland. Where the notoriously persistent European bureaucracy keeps the elderly couple in a stranglehold when they enter the country and turns the renaturalization process into a complete ordeal.

Ultimately, the von Trübs' last hope rests on their dual-citizen compatriot Arnold Schwarzenegger, so that he may come and say: “Zero problemo!”

Australian-born, European-based and internationally renowned puppeteer Neville Tranter was instrumental in establishing puppetry as a serious art form for adults. He works with life-size mouth puppets, which have also become the trademark of his former student Nikolaus Habjan. Habjan is now in demand as a director for opera and plays, as a puppet and actor, as a piper and as a presenter throughout the German-speaking world and at the largest theaters. With this piece about the von Trüb family (similarities to a well-known musical family are purely coincidental), the two exceptional artists are fulfilling a long-held dream: they are on stage together for the first time.

With their puppetry and vocal art, they breathe life into the characters and show, in a maliciously humorous and subtle and entertaining way, what walls do to people and how borders can dehumanize people.

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Nikolaus Habjan (Autor/in)
Neville Tranter (Autor/in)
Nikolaus Habjan
Neville Tranter