Ant Street

Roland Schimmelpfennig

Directed by: Amelia Sears

A snowstorm in a heatwave. A mysterious package delivered forty-two years late. A young man who speaks the poetry of the Gods. And a girl who can fly. Something strange is happening in Havana.

Roland Schimmelpfennig’s Cuban fantasia imagines a family gripped by a miracle and a neighbourhood unsure of its future, seduced by dreams of the past.

Part of VOLTA International Festival

Roland Schimmelpfennig first worked as a freelance journalist and author in Istanbul before studying as a theatre director in Munich’s Otto Falkenberg School in 1990. He then became an assistant director and later a member of the artistic team at Munich’s Kammerspiele. Roland Schimmelpfennig was then engaged as dramaturg and author at the Berlin Schaubühne for the 1999/2000 season and was resident playwright at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg. In 2010, Schimmelpfennig was awarded the Mühlheimer Dramatists Award for his play The Golden Dragon. The play premiered at the Burgtheater Vienna last season and has since received more than 20 productions worldwide. He just finished a commission for the Tokyo National Theater and the Burgtheater in Vienna. Schimmelpfennig is the recipient of the highest Playwriting Award in Germany, the Else-Lasker-Schüler-Prize, to honor his entire Oeuvre.

Amelia Sears was the recipient of the Bulldog Princep Director’s Bursary at the National Theatre Studio in 2007/8. She is co- artistic director of SEArED productions. Previous productions include The Girls Guide To Saving The World by Elinor Cook (HighTide Festival), What The Thunder Said by Ed Harris (Theatre Centre) Home by David Storey and Brimstone and Treacle (Arcola Theatre), Swifter, Higher, Stronger (Roundhouse) Pedestrian (Underbelly and UK Tour), The Last Five Years (Duchess Theatre).

Supported by

3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 September at 9pm

8 September – Pay What You Can Tuesday (tickets in person from 6pm – limited and subject to availability)
Tickets are £10 or less with Arcola Passport

Running time: 90 minutes approximately (no interval).
Performed in English.