Dramarasmus Marburg presents its new show: “7 Zimmer, Küche, Bad”
How long does it take for a foreign country to be called home? The play “7 rooms, kitchen, bathroom” (german: 7 Zimmer, Küche und Bad) deals with this question. Seven people from six nations move together into a flat-sharing community. From the beginning, the audience is put into the story: The community is chaotic when seven people meet.
Living together is beeing x-rayed, with all its prejudices and obstacles. Basically it’s about much more than that. Despite its cheerful basic tone, the play treats serious topics. And these are the ones the audience will remember. It’s about war, land distribution, borders and prejudices. What does it mean to live in a distant country without those we love? “I am not that person they think I am. I try to explain myself, but they don’t let me. They simply made this judgement about me.”, complains a figure of the play.
Each of the characters has their own story to tell, their depths are revealed in the process of history. They are telling about feeling strange, far from home, and often about prejudices from other cultures. Do I have to define myself through my homeland? Does it matter where I am from? No! The ensemble itself knows what it is playing about: Eight actors, seven different nationalities, are united in one passion: theatre.
The European Theatre Project Dramarasmus of the Phillips University of Marburg has been bringing theatre friends from all over the world together since 2011. This is also how the idea for the play came to life, says one of the four directors Alaa Eddin Alshibli: “We brought people together with different backgrounds and asked ourselves what could happen? The main message is clear: No matter what country we come from, we can still live together.”.