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Play for Us

by Milan Gather

World premiere
World premiere
Young Theatre [10+]
Zwinger 3
Commissioned by Theater und Orchester Heidelberg / in German

A football club in the relegation zone desperately needs a miracle. And then the young talent with the number 13 really does perform miracles and the team climbs the table. Fans adore their number 13, everything’s perfect. Until a transfer offer appears that could change everything. The new talent could soon be playing for one of the big teams and the club could use the money. But what would they do without number 13? What are the consequences of the growing dominance of sports officials, sponsors and politics? How do they affect the relationship between clubs, players and fans? 

Milan Gather is a professional actor and was part of the ensemble of JES Stuttgart between 2018 and 2020. There, he wrote his first play »Astronauts« which was shown at several festivals and was awarded the Jugendstückepreis (Youth Drama Award) of the Heidelberger Stückemarkt. In 2022, his second play »Grandma Monika  – What happened?« won the KinderStückepreis of the 47th Mülheimer Theatertage and the first prize of the 25th Hessische Kinder- und Jugendtheaterwoche KUSS. »Play for Us« is his first work for the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg.

This production is accompanied by a programme from the Arts & Education team.

Stage and Costumes
Theatre Education
With kind support of Stiftung Fußball & Kultur Euro 2024