Red velvet curtains, an archaic wooden sculpture, and a small counter: this is how you're welcomed in the lobby of the Fliegendes Theater.
It all began with a street theatre action in 1978. At that time, the Fliegendes Theater did not have its own stage. This would only be opened two years later on Mehringhof in Kreuzberg. The first children's play Sei doch kein Frosch was staged in 1979. Since its founding in 1978, the Fliegendes Theater has moved three times. It is now in the rear courtyard of a former factory building in Berlin's Kreuzberg district, close to Hermannplatz.
The theatre holds up to 80 audience members young and old. It is like a little oasis of culture amidst the industrial atmosphere with red velvet curtains, a small counter, chairs and tables, and photos of past productions lining the lobby.
What's on the programme?
This modern puppet and object theatre has produced 37 pieces for children and adults since its founding. Many of them are suitable for children as young as 2 years of age. In 2014, the troupe did 120 guest performances around Germany and internationally as well as 75 performances on its own stages. They regularly take their shows on the road.
The puppet theatre's repertoire include three pieces for families and adults: Fantasien zu Paul Klee, a piece with puppets and objects, Anne Frank – verstecktes Leben for adults and children 16 and older, and Hilfe, die Herdmanns kommen, a Christmas tale for adults and children 8 and older.
For younger viewers between the ages of 3 and 10, the theatre has 11 shows on offer: Including Ein Haus erzählt, Post für den Tiger and Ein Krokodil unterm Bett. The latest pieces include Die kleine Wolke, Das Höhlenkind, Der magische Adventskalender, and Was macht der Mond, a story based on the picture book of the same name by Anne Herbauts. For lovers of German children's storyteller Janosch, the theatre will be staging Josa mit der Zauberfidel, a fairy tale for children ages 4 to 8, starting in October 2017.
You will be enchanted as you and your children immerse yourself in the world of stories and fairy tales. Perhaps at the next performance at Fliegendes Theater.