Bielefeld University’s English Drama Group
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History

Martin Winks founded Bielefeld University's English Drama Group (EDG) in 1976. The primary goal was to offer students of English as well as students from other departments of the University a possibility to improve their language skills in an entertaining and active way. After Martin Winks's retirement in 2003, Mirjam Manoutchehri became head of the group. She was responsible for successes like Thornton Wilder's Our Town and J.M. Barrie's Quality Street. In 2010, Marie Gloystein took over the English Drama Group for three semesters and directed Tennessee Williams's The Rose Tattoo and An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde. When she left Bielefeld University for an internship in 2011, Stefan Becker and Helena Erlach produced The Queen & I, a comedy by well-known British author and playwright Sue Townsend. The production staged in summer term 2011, an evening of different one act-plays entitled Leave My Family Life Alone!, was directed by Stefan Becker and Marie Gloystein. Since October 2011, Stefan Becker is responsible for the group and its performances apart from The Godfather, which was produced and written by Lasse Lassen. Yet another turn of leadership took place in Summer 2014 - after the joint production The Ordinary Madness - A Three Act Trip Into Your Unconscious directed by Stefan Becker, Angie Starczyk, and Sonja Vollmer. Sonja Vollmer and Stefan Mießeler directed the English Drama Group for the summer term production 2014, The Rover, while Bernhard Eickenberg created a stage version of The Princess Bride and Jessica Pade and Till Meister produced A Murder is Announced. Once more, a change in the head team took place when Angie Starczyk returned from a semester abroad. In a joint production with Sonja Vollmer John Patrick's The Curious Savage was staged. Since summer term 2015, Starczyk is solely responsible for the English Drama Group.
An important aspect of the EDG's work is the involvement of the students in the whole developmental process of the plays. They are not only required to learn their lines and put on a good show, but also take over a wide range of organisational and artistic tasks backstage. From props to costumes and stage make-up: every detail of a production is developed and realised in cooperation with the students.

    









1984
Dracula
The Curious Savage








Past Productions
                                  









Miss Marple
Princess Bride
The Rover
June/July 2016: The Princess Bride
   
March 2016: W. Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet
   
February 2016: R. Owens, W. E. Hall, Jr., W. A. Miles, Jr. - 1984
   
July 2015: William McNulty - Dracula
   
February 2015: The Curious Savage
   
December 2014: Agatha Christie - A Murder is Announced
   
September/October 2014: S. Morgenstern - The Princess Bride
   
July 2014: Aphra Behn - The Rover
   
May 2014: Delancey Street
   
February 2014: The Ordinary Madness
   
January 2014: J.P. Sartre - No Exit
   
July 2013: Arthur Miller - The Crucible
   
March 2013: W. Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
   
July 2012: T. Williams - Orpheus Descending
   
February 2012: The Godfather
   
January 2012: Family Disaster
   
December 2011: Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
   
July 2011: Leave My Family Life Alone!
   
February 2011: S. Townsend - The Queen and I
   
July 2010: O. Wilde – An Ideal Husband
   
January 2010: T. Williams - The Rose Tattoo
   
July 2009: J. M. Barrie – Quality Street
   
June 2009: H. Pinter – The Lover
   
January 2009: The Murder Has Two Faces
   
October 2008: The Path not Taken (City Tour)
   
June 2008: A. Schnitzler – The Green Cockatoo
   
January 2008: T. Wilder – Our Town
   
June 2007: J. B. Priestley – Dangerous Corner
   
July 2006: Anniversary
   
January 2005: G. Holliday – The Scottish Play
   
June 2003: A Tennessee Williams Evening
   
July 2002: H. Pinter: The Dumb Waiter