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My Heart Is Full
of Na-Na-Na

By Lucien Haug
Staging: Suna Gürler

Sometimes talking about movies that no one can remember clearly leads to the emergence of a play. That’s how it is for director Suna Gürler: a feel-good movie – one that’s not particularly worth watching – in which the mother dies, the father descends into mourning, and the only son befriends a guy who nobody really knows where he comes from or what he stands for, but who messes up everyone’s life without fail, inspiring her and author Lucien Haug to create a play about mourning, caring and the question of what happens when there’s a sudden shift in family structures and feelings.

Beyond dad-worship and patriarchy, Suna Gürler sets out together with a few male players in search of the men of the future. And watches them wonder, have tender encounters, be there for each other, deal with and reject feelings, slip into father roles, explore families and friendships beyond what’s taken as a given. Living as a “man”, interwoven with a living world – how could that work, despite all the unease?

Suna Gürler
Stage Design
Moïra Gilliéron
Costume Design
Mariana Vieira Grünig
Yanik Soland
Gerhard Patzelt
Fadrina Arpagaus
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Audience Development
Laura Rivas Kaufmann / Silvan Gisler
Artistic Mediation T&S
Miloš Stolic / Manuela Runge
Production Assistance
Laura Weibel / Carlotta Späni
Stage design assistance
Johanna Bajohr
Costume design assistance
Ruth Wulffen
Production intern
Giorgio Dridi
Audience Development intern
Maimuna Barry
Aleksandar Sascha Dinevski
Elif Karci
Surtitle Riders
Jakob Gerber / Raman Khalaf (Panthea)
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Supported by Ernst Göhner Stiftung and Landis & Gyr Stiftung

  • ca. 95 Minutes
  • World premiere: 29. October 2022, Schiffbau-Box
  • Also interesting for ages 14 and up
  • In German and Swiss German
  • 🛈 Introduction 30 min before the play on 26.6. and 28.6.
Introduction: Fadrina Arpagaus, Dramaturgy

Image gallery & Videos

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

Der Autor Christoph Bohne hat sich die Inszenierung My Heart Is Full of Na-Na-Na von Suna Gürler angeschaut, und im folgenden Erfahrungsbericht seine Gedanken festgehalten: entstanden ist ein Text über Trauerarbeit und Männlichkeit(en), der für das heilende Potenzial von Kommunikation und Emotionen plädiert. 


Finnigan Inan und Onur Can spielen in My Heart Is Full of Na-Na-Na von Lucien Haug, inszeniert von Suna Gürler die beiden Brüder Bilge und Timur. Zusammen mit ihren Vätern Cihan und Muammer sprachen sie mit der Dramaturgin Fadrina Arpagaus über Familien, die organisiert werden müssen, Gefühle, die in den Köpfen stecken bleiben und männliche Zärtlichkeiten und neue Rollenbilder, die langsam in den Körpern ankommen – oder manchmal eben auch nicht. 

The Directors Talk
About Season 22/23

In seven short videos, Trajal Harrell, Nicolas Stemann, Yana Ross, Christopher Rüping, Suna Gürler, Wu Tsang and Stas Zhyrkov talk about their plans for the upcoming theatre season.