The English Theatre Of Hamburg

September, 2010

Dear Friends of The English Theatre of Hamburg

The first play of the 2010-2011 Season is Neil LaBute's gripping and amusing THIS IS HOW IT GOES. We wish to welcome Julie Addy, Ike Ononye and Sean Browne (pictured below), all newcomers to our stage. The actors and director had a great time rehearsing this play and we hope that you will enjoy it as much as they did preparing it for you.

It's not too late to subscribe to the 2010-2011 Season. You can phone the box office (227 7089) or look at the new website for information. By subscribing you can see four plays for less than the price of three. After THIS IS HOW IT GOES we will be presenting DON'T MISUNDERSTAND ME, a hilarious comedy by Patrick Cargill; MRS WARREN'S PROFESSION by Bernard Shaw; and finally ROSE'S DILEMMA, a touching comedy by Neil Simon.

With best regards,

The Directors
Clifford Dean and Robert Rumpf

This issue

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Below are the actors in THIS IS HOW IT GOES:

Ike OnonyeJulie AddySean Browne
Ike OnonyeJulie AddySean Browne

ABOUT THE PLAY: Belinda (Julie Addy) and Cody (Ike Ononye) are a typical young American couple: teenage sweethearts, children, nice home, etc. Typical - except Cody is black and Belinda is white. All appears to be going well until she becomes attracted to a former classmate (Sean Browne) who is also white. He (identified only as the "Man" in the play) has just returned to the small American town where he grew up. He is looking for a place to live. Belinda and Cody offer him the apartment over their garage. He moves in because he wants to be near Belinda, his secret love in high school. The rest of the play has some unexpected surprises. What starts out as a light-hearted romantic comedy turns into a drama about race, love and truth as the Man and Belinda's African-American husband battle for her affections. The Man is not only a character in the play. He is also the narrator and guide throughout the play's action. It soon becomes clear, however, that the story we are getting from him is not necessarily what really happened. Rather, it is his own very subjective version of the events based on deep-rooted racism and sexual fantasies.


Backstage photos taken by Britta Schwalba during the run of David Foley's DEADLY GAME, the last show of the previous season:

Warren AdamsJustin FarrowJoanne Hildon

What is this half naked man doing on the stage? Answer: This is Warren Adams in the first costume he wore in DEADLY GAME. Before every performance he went on stage in his towel and did vocal exercises before the audience came in.

Justin Farrow is in the middle picture getting ready to play a trick on the audience. Because some of you don't like to hear guns fired on stage, Justin (our Stage Manager) fired the gun offstage at the same time an actor pretended to shoot the gun onstage. The sound was still so loud that nobody could tell the difference, and it was easier on the actors' ears too. Justin held a pin with his left hand. When he fired the gun he pulled the pin out which caused a large frying pan to fall and make a loud noise. From out front it looked like the actor had shot the frying pan. Don't tell anyone about our tricks.

The picture on the right shows Joanne Hildon making herself glamorous for you. She looks great without any make-up, but make-up emphasizes her strong points so they carry all the way to the last row.


Saturday, 11 September, 2010 (7.00 pm)

Forty-three Hamburg theatres, large and small, will show the public what they have to offer on 11 September. From 7.00 pm to 1.00 am you can see as much theatre as you like. Fifty busses and eight Alster steam boats will take you to the theatres of your choice. In each theatre you will see a sample of what they have just produced. Your ticket serves as both a travel card and entrance ticket to the theatres you choose to visit and the scenes from plays that interest you: Drama, Comedy, Musicals and a lot more. A ticket costs only Euro 11,00. In The English Theatre you will see a scene from the current production THIS IS HOW IT GOES a modern, suspenseful and often very funny play by Neil LaBute. For more information go to


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