The GRIPS is a streetwise theatre for young and old, where everyday problems are skilfully explored on stage. The team initiates many projects for schools.
Since the 1960s the GRIPS theatre in Mitte has been a creative pioneer, developing modern and contemporary plays for children and young people.
The concept developed by its founder Volker Ludwig was a complete success. He wanted to show real life, to offer young people prospects in life and to encourage them. What makes the theatre so popular is that it presents real problems in an artistic context. Its plays have been performed around the world over 1800 times in 50 countries and 40 languages.
What’s on at the GRIPS theatre
Every year, the GRIPS theatre comes up with new ideas, performing four or five completely new plays. However, its repertoire also includes a number of old favourites which it constantly revisits with a fresh touch. These include Adams Welt, about a child who creates a life of his own in his imagination. With his own music, landscapes and underwater worlds, Adam takes us through his childhood dream.
Although the focus is usually on children and young people, there are also plays for adults. These include the cult musical Linie 1 about passengers on the (West) Berlin underground, ranging from Wilmersdorf widows to Kreuzberg punks. Since 2012, the programme for adults also includes Frau Müller muss weg, Lutz Hübner’s comedy about a parents’ evening, in a wonderful, lovingly directed production by the film-maker Sönke Wortmann.
As well as the main venue, the GRIPS theatre also has a smaller studio stage in the Podewil theatre on Klosterstraße.
Theatre pedagogy programme
There’s a lot going on off stage too. The GRIPS theatre pedagogy team researches phenomena and stories from childhood and youth, with the aim of exploring social topics using artistic means.
The theatre offers workshops and training courses, and maintains contacts with various initiatives and partners such as the August Bebel Institute and Jugendliche ohne Grenzen. There are also projects for schools and nurseries. The GRIPS theatre is bursting with energy and commitment!
Information for schools
To make children’s and young people’s visit something lasting and special, experts from the GRIPS theatre help classes analyse what they have seen and experienced. In a playful way, scenes are analysed, and impressions are discussed and explored. The GRIPS team comes directly to schools in Berlin, while pupils from Brandenburg can look forward to a visit to the theatre.