by Janne Teller / Premiere
Foyer JungesSchauSpielHaus Gaußstraße
Running time: One hour, no interval
Imagine there is war – not somewhere far away, but here in Europe! Where would you go? Imagine that Europe’s democracies have collapsed and been replaced by dictatorships. The French, Germans and Greeks are mortal enemies. You’re fourteen years old and every day is a fight for survival. Your mother is fatally ill and your sister injured. To save your lives you flee to Egypt, the closest region where peace prevails. You are placed in a camp for unwelcome refugees from Western Europe. You are angry: “Someone came and stole your life and turned it into something else. Something that is neither here nor there.” For years you wait for your new life. But even when you are finally granted asylum, you cannot help but think constantly about the day when you will be able to return home.
Janne Teller’s young adult novel is a haunting thought experiment. By a simple change of perspective she makes us realise what it means to be a war refugee.
Photos © Sinje Hasheider