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RENATE AHRENS (1955 - )
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Renate Ahrens-Kramer who is, as a playwright, only called "Renate Ahrens". Renate Ahrens, born in 1955 in Herford, Germany, studied English and Romance Studies to become a school teacher. after working for three years, she abandoned her job to become a freelance writer. She wrote several radio plays, travel features, novels for children, screenplays and teleplays. Her first play, When the Wall Came Down (German title Mutter-Los) was written in English and first produced in her adopted place of residence Dublin with Ruth McCabe and Johnny Murphy in the leading roles. Today, Renate ahrens lives in Hamburg and Dublin.
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When the Wall Came Down
Germany, 1990. a few months after the wall came down, Roswitha Berger travels from the west to former east Germany, her place of birth. It is a painful travel into her own past: Back in 1970, she, her husband and their baby daughter were captured when trying to flee the country. She was sent to prison, her child was taken away from her. She was deported to West Germany without knowing what happened to her child. Soon after the wall came down, she learns from official files that her daughter had been put up for forced adoption by politically reliable parents, a common practice then. Roswitha gets onto a train into the east without really knowing what to find when her journey will come to an end.
arthouse Multimedia Centre, Dublin 1998
Storytellers Theatre Company, Dublin
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