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Her text JUDITH SHAKESPEARE - RAPE AND REVENGE was nominated for the Retzhofer Drama Award in 2021. It was invited to Heidelberger Stückemarkt 2022 and is one of the three winning plays of the Autor:innentheatertage 2022 of Deutsches Theater Berlin; JUDITH SHAKESPEARE - RAPE AND REVENGE has been translated into three languages. Thielecke's work runs at Staatstheater Cottbus, E.T.A. Hoffmann Theater Bamberg, Schauspielhaus Graz, tjg.dresden, Theater Baden-Baden, Neues Theater Basel, TD Berlin, Deutsches Theater Berlin, Schauspiel Köln, and Staatsschauspiel Dresden. Her work focuses on themes such as violence, survival, becoming a subject and desire. In addition to her work as an artist, her heart beats for revolutionary theory - and practice. In the 2023/24 season she will write and direct "MEIN HERZ DEIN BUNKER-290 BPM" at Deutsches Theater Berlin.




»Let me imagine, what would have happened had Shakespeare had a wonderful gifted sister, called JUDITH, let us say,« wrote Virginia Woolf in her novel »A room of one's own«.

Author Paula Thielecke takes up precisely this idea in her play JUDITH SHAKESPEARE - RAPE & REVENGE and writes a rousing, witty and pointed play: Judith is here a young, so far rather unsuccessful woman who only gets a job interview with a theatre director because she passes on her brother William's mobile phone number. But the theatre cosmos is anything but benevolent - not only does she repeatedly encounter power games or sexism, but she also has to discover that her brother is not only a beneficiary but also a perpetrator.

Paula Thielecke - Judith Shakespeare -Rape and Revene