“Hans Schleif – eine Spurensuche” Performance + Discussion with Director Julian Klein & Actor Matthias Neukirch

15/11/2017, 17:00 - 20:00


The much acclaimed play “Hans Schleif – eine Spurensuche” by distinguished director Julian Klein and actor Matthias Neukirch is currently part of the programme of the Schauspielhaus Zürich. It has received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, and continues to be the subject of intriguing debates in the social and public media, including leading public broadcasters such as “Deutschlandradio Kultur”.

The event will feature a German theatre performance of “Hans Schleif – eine Spurensuche” followed by a discussion with director Julian Klein and Matthias Neukirch, actor and grandson of Hans Schleif. The event is part of the Goethe Institute-Cardiff University event series and is co-funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The unique artistic and personal approach of director Julian Klein promises to make the event an intensely interactive experience, which will be further enriched by the opportunity to discuss the play at length with him and Matthias Neukirch. English surtitles will be provided to ensure that all members of the audience can equally enjoy and benefit from the performance.

“Now it’s bound to work out – in really good times virtue always prevails!“ Those optimistic words belonged to Hans Schleif. He was an architect and an archaeologist, a renowned scientist, a professor of classical archaeology, a family man and a high-ranking member of the SS – Hitler’s much-feared paramilitary organization. His grandson, Matthias Neukirch, is an actor at Schauspielhaus Zuerich in Switzerland and began tracing his grandfather’s paradoxical history. He pored through old documents, conducted research in archives and asked family members for their recollections. The actor’s search led him to present day and back to himself. In the face of recent political developments, the topic of the play is arguably more relevant than ever.

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Goethe-Institut and Cardiff School of Modern Languages Event Series