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Bedbound
by Enda Walsh

TheaterTurbine
dietheater Künstlerhaus, Vienna

Directed by Nicolas Dabelstein
2003
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photos: stefanie anastase/ claudia köhn
Debut performance in May 2000 at the Piccolo Teatro, Milano. Austrian debut.
The staging of the Austrian debut performance used an entirely new stage concept meant to mesmerize the audience. The radical subject and the intensive space experience open new perspectives for actors and audience alike.

bedbound, bühnenbild: johannes leitgeb
»A huge sheet hangs over the stage, dismissing thus the audience to the upper ranks. ’The ceiling pushes me down like a huge ocean’, says the father when the sheet crashes down revealing the crippled body of the daughter. He used to dream of a professional career. His ambition was to become the greatest furniture dealer in Ireland. And what does he have now: a sick, drinking daughter and a wife he does not love at all. Shame made him divide the apartment by more walls and let the daughter and her mother wither in the tight space. A straining evening, not only because one has to sit on telephone directories while watching the show...«
Presse, September 2003

bedbound, bühnenbild: johannes leitgeb

bedbound, bühnenbild: johannes leitgeb

bedbound, bühnenbild: johannes leitgeb

bedbound, bühnenbild: johannes leitgeb

bedbound, bühnenbild: johannes leitgeb
»One looks into it from the uppermost gallery of the Künstlerhaus Theater , i.e. into a mighty construction by Johannes Leitgeb, who presents this ingenious wooden crater as a piece of furniture made by the father. The fact that the daughter is tied to that piece of furniture made by her father, namely the bed, is a sophisticated moment in an otherwise superficial play. The most successful element of this staging... is surely the stage design.«
Standard, September 2003

bedbound, bühnenbild: johannes leitgeb

bedbound, bühnenbild: johannes leitgeb

bedbound, bühnenbild: johannes leitgeb
»Father and daughter are trapped in a cone shaped wooden box (stage design: Johannes Leitgeb), the audience looks from above into the cone. An oversized bed and two actors (Erwin Leder and Heidelinde Pffafenbichler) are inside. They energically celebrate a dialogue about power, career and lost dreams. Stories are being told, there is a lot of shouting, but also whispering, Two people sit in a box and talk. In the case of ’Bedbound’ this is very thrilling, indeed.«
Falter, 2003
»One of my favorite rooms.«
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