The Last Glasshouse
Image: Zeus’s fruits

April 2005, an abandoned Glasshouse, Münster, Germany

Together with twenty young people between the ages of 14 and 18 Treacle Theatre Company occupied a disused glasshouse, creating a parting memory before the glasshouse was demolished. We responded to the fragmented architecture and atmosphere of the site while looking into its past function as both a place of controlled growth and wild celebrations. These narratives threads led to an exploration of the compromise between freedom and control.

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The obsessive Russian could not resist the temptation and a small girl left a trail of wet prints to the kitchen where the apples were being peeled. A mad professor tended to his laboratory and the little prince watched over his rose. But Zeus was laughing, the activists interrupt the proceedings and somebody ruins the prize geraniums. The waitresses quietly drift through the space and the poet searches for cracks in the glass.

A tip-toe is trying to show us something.

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A CD-Rom documenting this project is available in German. Please let us know if you would like a copy.

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