from Albert Camus

A three-part reading live from the Theater im Ballsaal in Bonn.

20, 27 April 2020, 04 May 2020

Concept Frank Heuel, Andreas Meidinger, Annika Ley
Andreas Meidinger
Music Justine Hauer
Technical realization Annika Ley
Assistance Jennifer Merten
Press and Public Relations Claudia Grönemeyer

“The Plague” from the French by Uli Aumüller; publishing rights: © Gallimard, Paris and Rowohlt Verlag, Hamburg

Evil has come to the Algerian port city of Oran in the form of the plague bacillus, forcing the city to close its doors. No one – whether infected or still healthy – is allowed to leave the city, no one is allowed to enter. Soon, even within the city, the healthy are separated from the sick and families are separated in this way.

They are two worlds that coexist in this extreme situation and between which there can be almost no exchange – only the sky above them is the same.

At the center of the fight against the calamity is the doctor Rieux, whose solidarity and emphatic action against the pathogen and the prolonged ignorance of the city’s superiors make him immune to the disease. In this character, Camus brings his philosophy of revolt to life.

For a long time, the novel seems to be a neutral account of events, until the chronicler is “outed” as this very doctor.