Geboren 1975 in Ludwigshafen, studierte Nicola Kirsch an der Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover Schauspiel. Anschließend war sie am Staatstheater Hannover, am Burgtheater Wien und am Schauspielhaus Wien engagiert. Nicola Kirsch arbeitete mit Regisseur*innen wie Andreas Kriegenburg, Armin Petras, Julia Hölscher, Simon Stone, Nora Schlocker, Christiane Pohle, Felicitas Brucker, Sebastian Schug, Jette Steckel und Miloš Lolić. Von 2015 bis 2019 war sie Ensemblemitglied am Theater Basel, wo sie u. a. in Inszenierungen von Simon Stone, Nora Schlocker und Julia Hölscher auf der Bühne zu erleben war.
The director Elsa-Sophie Jach, who recently made her debut at the Residenztheater with her production of Herbert Achternbusch’s «Heart of Glass», brings the outrageous love poetry of «Europe’s first poet» to new life. Known for a directing style characterised by precise language and strong visuals, she hunts down the forgotten remains of Sappho’s poems, condenses them into a chorus and, on a tour through the literary canon together with the Munich techno live band SLATEC, she exposes the systematic erasure of the female voice, its silencing and the need for it to empower itself.Die Unerhörten (The outrageous ones)
Rising sea levels, forests dying and even the two world wars were supposedly predicted by the woodland prophet Mühlhiasl, who apparently lived near Straubing during the 16th century and went down in legends of the Bavarian forest as a local Nostradamus. The dramatist, filmmaker and poet Herbert Achternbusch makes use of this legend to write about a society that is determined to preserve prosperity by any means necessary: the entire village lives off the local manufacturers’ fame for making ruby glass – however the master glassmaker who just passed away took the recipe to the grave with him. The cowherd Hias, who is hastily summoned for help, confirms the clairvoyant faculties attributed to him by arriving before he has even been called for. Spurred on by his gloomy forecasts on one hand and the tyrannical glassworks owner Goldfinger on the other, the entire village ends up in turmoil and is soon prepared to sacrifice the peace of its soul for wealth.Herz aus Glas (Heart of glass)
«Marienplatz» circulates around an actual incident in 2017: on Mai 19th at 3 a.m. in the morning a man drove his car to the Marienplatz in Munich, poured petrol over himself and set fire to himself. He died shortly afterwards in hospital and until today his identity and the circumstances remain unknown, but do give cause for wide speculation.Marienplatz
From 1909 to 1916 the French dramatist Paul Claudel worked on an historical trilogy whose central piece is «Dry Bread». Through its characters he makes visible the social, political and spiritual changes of the 1840s that had begun with the French Revolution. Those who had previously driven the Enlightenment were now the exploiters of the restoration. Once lofty ideals had been corrupted, egotism and greed had triumphed. A fight breaks out between Turelure, a representative of the old order, his beloved Sichel, his son Louis and Louis’s fiancé Lûmir over the essentials: money, revenue, power. With great violence and a keen business sense they are each determined to achieve their own vision of the future. Above all the women, who have not been permitted to conduct business until now, strive to inscribe their own names on this phase of radical change. The dramatist Anja Hilling, who has already overwritten Claudel’s work on several occasions, transposes his historical drama into our own time.Teile (hartes Brot) - Parts (Dry bread)