Staging: Alexander Giesche

“Whatever I do, it's no use when the house is on fire”
Greta Thunberg at the World Economic Forum in Davos a year ago


Clueless we were, clueless we remain today: during a first conceptual meeting in August 2020, Alexander Giesche, the director of AFTERHOUR, said that the planned premiere in spring 2021 would be the first premiere after the lockdown. A few days before the premiere on 2 May the surprising decision was announced that Swiss theatres would indeed be allowed to open. Much could be said about this decree; above all, criticism could be voiced about what appears to be negligence driven by the economy, and perhaps there is also a bit of heart palpitations that the ensemble will be allowed to encounter you on stage again with the due precautionary measures. What the future of this opening will look like remains speculation.

The Afterhour is the time after a party, it can only be shared with others and often happens at sunrise. Together, the threshold between high and hang over is entered. But the AFTERHOUR in the Box of the Schiffbau is more than a collective comedown. It is the attempt to experience an after in a time in which the idea of an After is slowly experiencing a dawning farewell. The attempt at simultaneity of the Now and the After perhaps best describes this evening.


Alexander Giesche
Nadia Fistarol
Ludwig Abraham
Felix Siwiński
Luis August Krawen
Production Manager
Sandra Schudel
Christoph Kunz
Bendix Fesefeldt
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Audience Development
Mathis Neuhaus
theatre pedagogy
Manuela Runge
Touring & International Relations
Sonja Hildebrandt
Production Assistant
Leila Vidal-Sephiha
Stage Assistant
Ann-Kathrin Bernstetter
Costume Assistance
Mona Eglsoer
Direction Assistant
David Gees
Dramatrugy Assistance
Joëlle Gbeassor
Stage Desgin Assistant
Lia Cattaneo
Stage Manager
Michael Durrer
Rita von Horváth
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In this production, stroboscobes as well as strong basses with low frequency are used.

Introduction: Bendix Fesefeldt, Dramaturgy

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More texts and contexts related to our stagings in the theatre’s journal.

Die Afterhour ist die Zeit nach einer Party, sie kann nur geteilt mit anderen stattfinden und geschieht häufig bei Sonnenaufgang. Gemeinsam wird die Schwelle zwischen high und hang over betreten. Doch ist die AFTERHOUR von Alexander Giesche und Team in der Box des Schiffbaus mehr als ein kollektiver comedown. Sie ist der Versuch, ein Danach zu erleben in einer Zeit, in der die Idee eines Danach langsam einen dämmernden Abschied erfährt. Im Rahmen der Premiere veröffentlichen wir das Programmheft der Inszenierung im Schauspielhaus Journal. 

Ich mache die Augen auf und sehe auf ein weisses Stück Papier

Alexander Giesche frei nach Rolf Dieter Brinkmann

The 8 chatting.