I didn’t need all that much convincing, crime on a Sunday is a perfect start to the day, so I went with a few friends to the Murder Breakfast at the Bremer Kriminal Theater with high expectations.
The theater is in a small backstreet close to one of the more interesting areas of Bremen – called Viertal or Quarter, it is the only Quarter in Bremen which can be recognized as such, all the other Quarters ( and there are, of course, more than four) need their full name! – where parking is a matter of luck and skill more than anything else. We had luck in finding a small spot close to the theater, and it was the only one available. The theater is right in the middle of a residential area – away from the shopping side of the Viertal – with narrow streets and cars parked on both sides of the road if there’s enough room.
We were early, which was a good thing, and took the time to wander through the streets, trying to discover where the smell of freshly baked bread came from. We didn’t, in the end, but it was fun looking. Good, too, because quite a few other people had decided to come to this special, once-a-month breakfast, and we hadn’t reserved tickets. Still, we made it in, had a good table and filled it with fresh bread rolls, slices of cheese, mugs of coffee and hot chocolate. The theater is small, the stage open, the orchestra pit – of course, there isn’t one, but it’s that part of the house – filled with tables and the seats, for those who couldn’t afford a table, or came too late, rising steeply away from the stage. For such a small stage, adorned with a slanted wooden area and two chairs, I was surprised to see so many lights up above.
Photo Source: Bill Ohl – Creative Commons
We came to hear a reading, rather than see a full play, performed by an actor and actress and read direct from the script. They had clearly read their lines through and, despite the fact that we were all just sitting across from one another, set the scene wonderfully. A professional blackmailer meets up with his victim in a train compartment, and begins to ply his trade.
It was amusing to see how the blackmailer justified his trade, and hear how much hard work he put in to make each coup a success: all the research he needed to do; the background information on his clients; the spies he employed to find future clients; his love of photography to keep a record and make his trade possible. It was also very interesting to see the actors reading, up until now I’ve only heard such plays on the radio and the feeling, being in the theater, is completely different. And the breakfast was good too.
Makes me want to get out – even more – and explore other hidden delights around the area which, as I can imagine you already guessed, is exactly what I plan on doing.
- Viktoria Michaelis.