Three young people are on a trip through Europe. They have reached the German city, Dresden that was bombed to pieces by the American and British Air Force, in the course of two days in 1945.
They are bored in their hotel rooms. They cannot understand why the Germans are so occupied by their past. In their quest for action they begin to act like neo-Nazis – and along the way, they meet a talking deer and a historyless person who helps them in building a Nazi theme park in Las Vegas. Here they can perhaps open up the shaft to the national mind that is based upon allotment house-tranquility and transistor happiness for us Danes while it contains an experience with absolute malice for the German people.
“The Germans are non-Germans. After the war, they realized that the national is nothing but a hat that you can put on. Every morning the non-German is waking up in his bed feeling like an effervescent tablet that’s being thrown into a glass of water.”
THE SHAFT is an anarchistic, bountiful tale with a horny, Nietzsche-speaking deer, a neo-Nazi amusement park in Las Vegas and a chanting priest… and much more…
THE SHAFT received the Danish prestigious award Performance of the Year at Aarets Reumert 2013. Here, Christian Lollike also received the award as the Playwright of the Year for THE SHAFT among other plays.
26.01.2013, AARHUS TEATER, Aarhus (DK), Danish premiere.
25.11.2012, STAATSSCHAUSSPIL, Dresden (DE), world premiere.