Migration is currently a sensitive and widely discussed topic in Germany. The play A Game Called Courage (Ein Spiel namens Mut) deals with exactly that; home and identity are central components of the play.
A young Nigerian named Ochuko tells his family in his home village that he is embarking on a dangerous trip to Europe. The thoughts of the family vary. On the one hand, they are afraid and worried. On the other hand, they are enthusiastic about the happiness that will come back to him there. The audience accompanies Ochuko step by step on his journey to Europe-to a country that remains as anonymous as a harbor nest, warehouse, and office he must pass.
The author and director of the play is the Nigerian actor Michael Ojake who has lived in Germany for over 30 years. For him, his protagonist is the “representative of the migrant community”. The aim of the play should be “to arouse the interest in this other person”, since we have all been, are, or will be strangers, visitors, or migrants in our life.
The world premiere took place at the Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen 2018. From September 28th to September 30th it will be on display in the ufa factory in Berlin.
At the beginning of the year, students from the Otto-Hahn-Gymnasium Ludwigsburg had performed a play on the same topic as part of their student project: Migration: Hope Europe – Refugees from Africa (“Hoffnung Europa Flüchtlinge aus Afrika”). The music, direction, and idea of the piece were created by Steve Bimamisa and his world music band Diversité. He came to Germany 17 years ago as a refugee from the Congo.
The project Hope Europe – Refugees from Africa was a cooperation between Bimsum Productions, the Ludwigsburg Dance and Theater Workshop, and the Otto Hahn Gymnasium. Here, the students dealt with the experiences of individuals concerning causes of migration and escape routes and their dangers. Other topics included asylum procedures, integration issues, xenophobia, and racism.
In various workshops in the fields of music, singing, dance, art, and moderation the impressions and the things they learned were further deepened and processed in an artistic and creative way and were expressed through the performance of theater. The final performance took place in the riding hall of the Kunstzentrum Karlskaserne “for solidarity with the refugees and tolerance in a diverse society”.
The students of the Carl Orff High School Unterschleißheim and the Eersterivier Secondary School near Cape Town had also launched the play Scenes of Migration in the summer. The play was also about global abysses and xenophobia, but also about the common concern for the future of the world and the loving interaction of dance and theater.
The piece is based on interviews of young refugees from two continents and was developed jointly by the students of both schools. After the first performance on June 27th in the Haimhausener Kultur-Kneipe, several performances took place in Munich, Unterschleißheim, Haimhausen, and Berlin.
The homepage of The Federal Working Community (Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft BAG) Game and Theater e.V. – the umbrella organization for amateur theater, children and adolescent’s theater in school and as an extracurricular activity, theater education, and teaching at colleges and universities-includes some sunnarized piece recommendations on the topics of migration, multicultural society, and intercultural and interreligious dialogue. If you are interested, have a look here: https://www.bag-online.de/start.html?/migration/stuecke/.