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Bern’s Theater Gurten presents a world premiere

  • By The Swiss Times
  • 15 November 2023

Bern’s Gurten Theater is presenting a world premiere in the summer of 2024 on Bern’s local mountain of the same name. “Da chönnt ja jede cho” is the title of the real-life satire by Livia Anne Richard and Christoph Keller.

Bern’s Theater Gurten presents a world premiere
Livia Anne Richard, Regisseurin und Autorin vom Theater Gurten, posiert am Mittwoch,15. Juni 2022, auf dem Gurten in Koeniz. (KEYSTONE/Peter Schneider)

At the center of the play is a grumpy janitor of an apartment building. His bad mood is mainly due to the “frömde Fötzle”, i.e. foreigners, of whom he thinks there are too many – especially in his apartment building.

The small house community is a constant test of the janitor’s patience, for example when someone is smoking pot on the balcony or a resident fails to return the laundry room key on time.

Plagued by daily hardship, the janitor wants change. He finds it, but in a completely different way than he had imagined.

For 22 years, an open-air theater has been held every two years on Bern’s local mountain, the Gurten. For Bernese author and theater director Livia Anne Richard, her play “Da chönnt ja jede cho” (Anyone could come) is her sixth world premiere on the Gurten.

The play deals with a highly topical subject relating to Switzerland’s dependency on foreign workers and the fact that the brakes are on when it comes to actually integrating these people here, as the theater makers wrote in a press release on Wednesday.

The ensemble consists of fifteen amateur and professional actors. The open-air theater can be seen from June 27 to August 31, 2024.

©Keystone/SDA

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