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Fünf bis sechs Semmeln und eine kalte Wurst

On Innkeepers’ Daughters and their Mothers
With Texts by Lena Christ and Annette Paulmann

 Werkraum
 World premiere
 Opening night: 6.10.2023
 1 hour 15 minutes
 Thu-Sat: 25€, Sun-Wed: 20€, under 30 years each seat category: 10€
 Werkraum
 World premiere
 Opening night: 6.10.2023
 1 hour 15 minutes
 Thu-Sat: 25€, Sun-Wed: 20€, under 30 years each seat category: 10€

And did it do you any harm? — Lena Christ’s “Memoirs of a Superfluous Woman” - an evening of theater about survival.

After a spending a happy childhood with her grandparents in Glonn, eight-year-old Lena Christ is sent to live with her mother at an inn in Munich. From then on, she must slave away in the kitchen and dining room, providing free labour for the family business. What initially feels like a boon quickly becomes a nightmare. Lena’s mother does not allow her to have even one nice day. The “Wirtsleni” (little Lena the innkeeper) suffers from the woman’s indifference and brutal abuse. Time and again, Lena tries to escape; time and again she returns to the inn and to her mother.

After a failed marriage and three children, Lena finally manages to start a new life – as a writer. Sitting on a park bench in front of the Alte Pinakothek art gallery, she begins to write down the story of her life. Her first book, “Erinnerungen einer Überflüssigen” (“Memoirs of a Dispensable Woman”), tells the story of a little girl who races against the wind and tries to out-cry it. The book is about her violent repression at the hands of her mother and the beatings by her husband but also about courageous resistance, about never giving up – and about survival.

More than 100 years later, Annette Paulmann goes in search of Lena Christ and, in doing so, rediscovers her own childhood and what it was like growing up in an inn with her own mother… An associative performance about two lives which looks into the depths of exploitation, dependency and love. We can determine a lot but not who our mother is – and continues to be.

  • Assistant Director Niklas Zabler
  • Assistant stage manager Katharina Quandt, Julia Bahn, Yue Ying
  • Costume assistance Heloà Pizzi Mauro
  • Inspection Stefanie Rendtorff
  • Soufflage Judith Hummel
  • Artistic production management Victoria Fischer
  • Technical production management Jonas Pim Simon
  • Stage Manager Marcel Homack
  • Stage machinery Thomas Grill
  • Lighting Nikolas Boden, Christian Mahrla
  • Audio Ulrich Treutwein
  • Video technology/mapping Ikenna David Okegwo
  • Makeup Miriam Funck, Thomas Opatz
  • Theatre Sculpture Maximilian Biek
  • Costume Marija Ruzic
  • Props Sabine Schutzbach, Anette Schultheiss
  • Carpentry Erik Clauß
  • Locksmith Friedrich Würzhuber, Jürgen Goudenhooft
  • Wallpapering Maria Hörger, Anja Gebauer
  • Painting hall Evi Eschenbach, Ingrid Weindl
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Press reviews

A masterpiece: Annette Paulmann’s Lena Christ solo “Fünf bis sechs Semmeln und eine kalte Wurst” at the Münchner Kammerspiele. (…) she makes it possible to experience how someone else’s life can stand in for one’s own and vice versa, how an individual story takes hold as a universally valid narrative. That is so fine, so clever, that one is touched and amazed with happiness.

Süddeutsche Zeitung • 9.10.23

“Fünf bis sechs Semmeln und eine kalte Wurst - About Innkeeper’s Daughters and Their Mothers” is the name of the evening that has just premiered in the Werkraum. And, let me tell you, it’s a great one!

Although the subject is not a particularly funny one, Annette Paulmann always manages to put a smile on your face.

Abendzeitung • 9.10.23

As always, you can’t get enough of the rolling chuckle of this muddled prima donna, her tone modulating a reproachful, naïve amazement at the impositions of this world.

It’s a wonder that anyone is still able to be cheerful - or at least as cheerful-melancholic as Paulmann when she turns her rounds on stage with an old Bonanza bike and calls out “Mama, Mama, Mama”.

Münchner Merkur, tz • 9.10.23

The premiere of the Kammerspiele with the unwieldy title “Fünf bis sechs Semmeln und eine kalte Wurst” (Five to Six Bread Rolls and a Cold Sausage) courageously cracks the shell of misunderstood discretion. Even if actors always put their bodies, voices and facial expressions at the service of an evening, it is admirable how unreservedly Annette Paulmann lends her form to this story, which is in part her own.

Donaukurier • 9.10.23

Annette Paulmann switches from one sentence to the next from Lena Christ’s original texts to her own, describing the fears, consternation and despair of two adolescents who resign themselves to their fate without any possibility of resistance. Yet despite all the harshness and ruthlessness, they do not break, but create their own spaces and small escapes - at least temporarily and mainly in their thoughts. Annette Paulmann finds touching images for this capacity for resilience when she rides away from the mother’s rage on a bonanza bike.

Crescendo • 12.10.23
Dates & Tickets
Mon 27.5. 8 – 9:15 pm
Thu 20.6. 8 – 9:15 pm
Fünf bis sechs Semmeln und eine kalte Wurst
  • Werkraum
  • World premiere
  • Opening night: 6.10.2023
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Thu-Sat: 25€, Sun-Wed: 20€, under 30 years each seat category: 10€