„Sie erzählen uns unsere Geschichte“

Theater of Real People als Plattform für die öffentliche Auseinandersetzung mit den Stasi-Akten

Translated title of the contribution: "They are telling us their (hi)stories": Theater of Real People as a platform for public critical engagement with the 'Stasi Files'

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


This article analyses Clemens Bechtel’s theatre productions "Meine Akte und ich" (My File and I, 2013) and "Staats-Sicherheiten" (State Securities, 2008). Both productions explore the so-called Stasi files, in which the GDR’s secret police service had gathered information on the lives of its fellow citizens. Instead of using professionally trained actors, Bechtel put some of the citizens who had been directly affected by the surveillance documented in the files on stage. These ‘real people performers’ presented to the audience their personal narratives, experiences, and perspectives of Germany’s recent past. The article analyses how this approach to narrating the past in theatre performances provides a platform for a fresh public engagement with diverse memories of the GDR.
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)178-188
Number of pages11
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2018



  • theatre performance
  • memory
  • German Democratic Republic
  • Theatre of Real People
  • authenticity

Cite this