A farcical triangle in three scenes by Martin Walser

Performed in the Cowan Studio Wednesday 21st - Saturday 24th April 2004

mike MAY
pam MAY
bob HUTT

Martin Walser

Martin Walser was born in 1927 near Lake Constance and has gained himself a reputation as one of Germany's most prolific writers with more than 40 books to his name. He has won many awards including in 1998, the prestigious Peace Prize bestowed by the German Association of Publishers and Booksellers on a person who 'has made outstanding contributions to the development of world peace and understanding through activities in the field of literature, science or art.' In presenting Walser with the award it was stated that he had been chosen 'For reintroducing the Germans to their own country and Germany to the rest of the world.' In all his works Walser shows a deep concern with the destructive weaknesses of man and of contemporary German society. In the 1980's he was an advocate of the reunification of Germany but rejected the accusation by some of his colleagues that he was a 'nationalist.'

Walser and the Theatre

Walser's works for the theatre are part of the great post World War 2 revival of new drama in Germany and he stands alongside such writers as Peter Weiss whose 'Marat Sade' enjoyed enormous success when performed by the RSC under Peter Brook's direction. His major work, 'The Rabbit Race', a realistic and caustic post-Brechtian satire set on a hillside in Germany as the Allied armies approached, was enthusiastically received following its world premiere in 1962, and in 1963 it had its British premiere at the Edinburgh Festival. 'The Detour' was premiered in Germany in 1961 and went on to be produced in theatres throughout the country. It was later presented in Britain by the BBC and by the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. The Times Literary Supplement referred to Martin Walser as 'a sardonic and original talent, easily the strongest voice in Germany's post-war theatre to have crossed the language barrier.' We are pleased to be able to present him to the Kenneth More audiences.


Continuity: Dorrie Atkinson. Lighting Design: Graham Wilson. Lighting and Sound Operation: Stuart Keil Publicity: Joy Wilkinson and Stuart Keil