dog woman man
2 May 2015
dog woman man

 

While Goethe´s ‘Faust’ or plays by Bertolt Brecht are regularly staged in Bangladesh, contemporary German theatre is still widely unknown. On the invitation of Goethe-Institute Reetu Sattar has taken the initiative and adapted ‘Dog, Woman, Man’ by German playwright Sibylle Berg (English translation by Neil Blackadder).

‘Dog, Woman, Man’, based on Yael Hedaya’s story ‘Liebe pur’, captures an unorthodox view of a relationship between two people: a dog describes the strange behaviour of the woman and the man who literally cling together even though they can scarcely stand one another. When they meet for the first time the dog runs up to them and from then on stays because – like them – it has nothing to lose, because – like them – it seeks shelter in a warm apartment. That would be enough for the dog as a way out of solitude, and master and mistress “could also have been pleased not to wake up alone any longer, but human beings don’t hit on such simple ideas”. After a brief period of devoting loving attention to one another human behaviour returns: love becomes a claim to possession, closeness is replaced by suspicion and alienation …

 

The play is in English language.