Over There

by  Mark Ravenhill

Full Length Play, Satire/Political Satire  /  2m

When Franz's mother escaped to the West with one of her identical twin boys, she left the other behind. Now, twenty-five years later, Karl crosses the border in search of his other half. Mark Ravenhill's visceral new play examines the hungers released whe...

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    Cast Size

    2m
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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A programme text edition published to coincide with the world premiere at the Royal Court Theatre, London, on 25 February 2009 "I found you. You're here. And I was over there. But now I'm over here. I'm here. You're my brother. I love you" When Franz's mother escaped to the West with one of her identical twin boys, she left the other behind. Now, 25 years later, Karl crosses the border in search of his other half. As history takes an unexpected turn, the brothers must struggle to reconnect. Mark Ravenhill's visceral new play examines the hungers released when two countries, separated by a common language, meet again.
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Reviews

"In chilly, bizarre scenes of strikingly spare dialogue, Ravenhill deftly conjures a succession of meetings between the men over five years — before, during and after the fall of the Wall." - Variety, Read More

"Slowly, Ravenhill uses [the actors] to reveal differences in their cultures and outlooks, each protective of his own country, while inquisitive about the alternate life that could so easily have been his own." British Theatre Guide, Read More

"For a play that is brash and flashy in many regards, its beauty lies in the subtle way that it builds emotion and tension. Through the twins, Ravenhill masterfully traces the virulent euphoria of the fall of the Berlin wall, the initial fascination with the ‘other’ who is at once deeply familiar and entirely alien, and the gradual souring of a relationship that becomes fraught with jealousy and resentment." CafeBabel, Read More

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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s, 1940s / WWII, 1930s
  • Setting: Before, during, and after WWII, Germany
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2m
KARL: Franz's twin. Represents East Belin
FRANZ: Karl's twin. Represents West Berlin
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Cast Attributes

  • All Male
  • Drag performance

Casting Notes

Most effective with similar/identical looking actors.

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Authors

Mark Ravenhill

Mark is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose first full-length play, Shopping and Fucking, opened at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in 1996. His plays include Mother Clap's Molly House (National Theatre, 2001); Product (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 2005); The Cut (Donmar Warehouse, London, 2006); Citizens ...

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Premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 2009.

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