PRESS: Powerful images with three ladders and a rope
There are only four props on the stage (scenography: Eva Humburg) which Gilla Cremer plays with effortlessly, performing with great virtuosity: three ladders of different heights and a strong rope reflect relationships, developments, incidences, entanglements and render the balance of power immediately visible. It is fascinating to watch how they are made use of so subtly, accurately fitting and yet almost incidentally.
Gilla Cremer leaves sufficient space for her words to reverberate, to ignite our thoughts, to let us delve into memories. You can become involved and even irritated by the four individual paths taken through life, erupt in liberating laughter, recognise yourself in certain bits and find others simply hilarious.
Nothing is spared during the evening: We witness the mysterious blossoming of a friendship, the threads of attachment that often seem irrational, the construction of a world of symbols that is accessible only to the friends. The failure of some attempted friendships, the dense entanglement of the common threads of life, the litmus tests and disasters, the mistakes in life and impositions, similarities, silliness and – rarely – the exuberant or silent happiness in a true friendship.
‘Friendship’ is not – like all plays by Gilla Cremer – an evening that can easily be forgotten. It leaves a deep impression, awakens different memories in every member of the audience and triggers other, very personal thoughts.
A big round of applause at the end for Gilla Cremer and Gerd Bellmann for their two hours of dense text and acting. Theater Unikat’s ‘Friendship’ has added an enormous new jewel to its repertoire which would make for an equally interesting second viewing. Along with your best friend/s or on your own. KulturPort HJ Fink