Monster Truck & Platform-K

Das Narrenschiff

Part of “NO LIMITS Festival Berlin”


English phonetic language / English text projections / Text with subtitles in German, Arabic, Turkish, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish and German audio subtitles via smartphone / Little language / approx. 60 min.

Six people wearing animal-like masks stand and sit in a black-painted room.
Several people, some with and without animal masks, dance in a dark club-style room.
Several people dance exuberantly. One person holds a microphone boom in the face of another.

In the Middle Ages, people with disabilities were taken out of the city onto so-called ships of fools and left to die on the open sea. Some 600 years later, the fools take to the stage and refuse to continue playing the roles assigned to them by society. In this play, people with disabilities tell a contradictory story of self-empowerment and liberation. The production questions conventional notions of physicality and intimacy while playing with the insecurity that this creates. Reduced to a bizarre feast, the performance group Monster Truck, in collaboration with Platform-K, generates an confounding new interpretation full of drastic ambivalence, humour and style-conscious cross-references to the Love Parade.

One thing becomes clear: ships of fools, on which social participation is offered as an exclusive journey and people with disabilities continue to be treated as third-class passengers, can only sink in perspective.


Director: Sahar Rahimi / With: Zanne Boon, Jasmien de Meersman, Julia Dieners, Anna Dujardin, Anaïs Maes, Veronique Mees, Juki Rosiers, Sarah Snoeij, Oskar Stalpaert, Tomas Temmerman, Elisabeth Verhelst, Kobe Wyffels / Choreography: Fanny Vandesande / Co-director, special effects: Joscha Eckert, Mark Schröppel / Dramaturgy: Kris Merken, Eline Banken / Direction assistance: Liesbeth Standaert / Artistic Coaching: Frauke Seynnaeve / Assistance Platform K: Betty de Campenaere, Diede Schipper, Louis van Spaendonck / Text: Monster Truck, Veronique Mees


  • Past
    Wed 9.11.2022, 20:30 / HAU1
    Thu 10.11.2022, 20:30 / HAU1

Combi Ticket: 3 events for 30,00 €, reduced 20,00 € (free choice 9.–19.11., only for events at HAU Hebbel am Ufer)

Monster Truck & Plattform-K kindly ask you to wear an FFP2 mask during the presentations of “Das Narrenschiff”.


Production: Monster Truck (Manuel Gerst, Sahar Rahimi) and Platform-K in collaboration with NTGent and Schauspielhaus Bochum. Funded by: Fonds Doppelpass of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes.


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