by Ferdinand von Schirach
Performed in German
Ferdinand von Schirach’s first theatre work tackles a controversial issue in an unusually concrete way: is human dignity – as protected in the constitution – vulnerable after all? The setting is a courtroom. The case: a passenger plane hijacked by terrorists planning an attack on a sold-out stadium. Lars Koch, a German Army fighter pilot, saw only one opportunity to save the 70,000 people in the stadium: he shot down the hijacked aircraft, killing all 164 passengers and crew on board. Did he make the right decision? Can life be weighed up against life? How much responsibility should an individual take on, or does the accountability lie with society? The verdict in this exciting, complex legal conundrum is delivered live by the theatre audience, who must weigh up all the moral complexities to arrive at the final decision: guilty or not guilty? How would we act if faced with a similar situation?
Some of Schirach's work draws on his long career experience as a trial lawyer. Apart from his linguistic brilliance and scrupulous dramaturgy, his writing shows particular affinity for the people behind the deeds and motives. An award-winning author (Kleist Prize, Berlin Bear, amongst others) with over two million books sold worldwide, Schirach consistently appears at the top of international bestseller lists.