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The Second Life Of Tatenberg Camp


  • Playwright

    Joseph Long 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Armand Gatti

  • Author Notes

    A translation of the play 'La Deuxième Existence du Camp de Tatenberg' by Armand Gatti.
  • Setting

    The first part of the play is set in the fairground at Grein and the second is set in the Prater at Vienna, City of Illusion.

  • Synopsis

    At the fairground at Grein, on the Danube, Ilya and Hildegard meet in the aftermath of World War II. For Ilya, the past is real, in that he lived through the experience of Tatenberg Camp. For Hildegard, the past is imaginary in that she was not present when her husband was court-martialled and shot on the Kalmuck Steppes, south of Stalingrad. The characters that haunt Hildegard's memory are reconstituted through the puppets she handles every day.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Carnival Figure Stella McCusker
Deportee John Keegan
Ludwig von Basseville John Keegan
Carnival Figure George Shane
Deportee George Shane
Reuter George Shane
Guinguin Christopher Barritt
Hildegard Frölick Margaret McCann
Musician Michel Arbatz
Carnival Figure Jane Mooney
Deportee Jane Mooney
Carnival Figure John Keegan
Abel Antokokoletz Jack McQuoid
Johann Steltenkamp Peter Templar
Deportee Stella McCusker
Solange Valette Stella McCusker
Gregor Kravchenko Toby Byrne
Carnival Figure Noel McGee
Deportee Noel McGee
Wolfgang Frölick Noel McGee
Carnival Figure David Coyle
Deportee David Coyle
Ilya Moisseivitch Louis Rolston
Manuel Rodriguez Des McAleer
The Musical Robot Jane Mooney
Production Team  
Director Joseph Long
Set Designer Philip McConnell
Lighting Designer Trevor Dawson
Costumes Anne Whittaker
Movement Director Jane Mooney
Music by Michel Arbatz
Masks David Coyle
Stage Manager Trevor Dawson
Deputy Stage Manager Julia Carson Sims
Acting ASM David Coyle
Assistant Stage Manager Mervyn Dougherty
Lighting Operator Mervyn Dougherty
Sound Operator David Coyle
Set Construction Francis Morgan

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    Rights for original material

  • Contact

    M. Jean-Jacques Hocquard, La Parole Errante

  • Address

    5-9 Rue Francois Debergue
    F-93100 Montreuil-Sous-Bois

Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme, with additional information supplied by the translator.