Verständnis [Understanding]


A new three-person, intimate play, written by Nottingham based playwright, Dan Scott.

Nick is a half-German, half-British teenager who moves to Coventry after being raised in Cologne – his paternal grandparents are in Birmingham, his mother longs for Europe. Against the backdrop of a failing marriage, we witness his confusion of figuring out where home is. Told in a dynamic direct-to-audience storytelling style in both English and German with English surtitles, the production integrated over 100 illustrations by Raphael Achache into this story about feeling ‘in-between’ and about the importance of understanding one another.

Midlands (UK) Tour

Photos by: @davidbairdphoto

“This was fantastic, easily the best play I’ve seen this year.” – Rebecca Saw

“Heartbreaking story told with immense beauty & gentle humour via an  illustrated production format that draws you into a live action illustrated world.” – Jayne Williams

“It’s a tight, three-piece performance…Although many directors would have plumped for the use of a screen for this, this is a highly innovative and quite beautiful way of illustrating the performance.” – Leftlion

“Verständnis was really one of the best shows I’ve seen in a while. Such a fun and engaging way to tell a really heartfelt story.” – Annis McGee

“…touching, enlightening and beautifully ambitious…” – Oddsocks Productions

Written by Dan Scott
Directed by Greg Homann
Produced by Joanna Woźnicka (with support from Sum Project Ltd.)
Illustrations by Raphael Achache
Stage Manager: Charlie Mackenzie-Barrow
Creative Consultant: Jemma Kahn
German Language Consultant: Leonie Schliesing
Supported with public funding from Arts Council England, with additional support in kind from Sum Project Ltd, New Perspectives, Nonsuch Studios, Centrala Space and Migrants in Theatre.
Raphael Von Blumenthal
Rebecca McQuillan
Tim Welton