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Das Ding - New Diorama Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

StoneCrabs Theatre Company in co-production with Tanja Pagnuco is presenting the UK premiere of Philipp Löhle’s dark comedy, Das Ding (The Thing), at the New Diorama Theatre – from October 17 (previews from October 14) to November 1, 2014.

When the African Siwa is talked into using sustainable methods of cotton cultivation by a Swiss aid worker, it helps two young Chinese businesspeople to make a success of their first start-up. When their trade in soya beans begins to falter, this has an impact on Romanian pig-breeders, which in turn has direct consequences for the marriage of Europeans Katrin and Thomas.

When Katrin dares to embark on exhibitionist escapades on the Internet, she sparks not only a very tangible crisis in their relationship, but also a surprisingly international showdown involving the Chinese entrepreneur and others. Meanwhile, the thing – a cotton ball – is travelling its way round the globe, and looks on amazed at the wheelings and dealings of humanity.

In a world where everything is connected with everything else, characters are driven by their yearning for the inexplicable, the magic moment, the great love – at the same time as they get tangled up in the global network of causal interrelationships.

Das Ding is directed by StoneCrabs associate artist Tanja Pagnuco and has set design by Swiss designer Martina Trottmann, who is supported by the Swiss Cultural Fund.

Das Ding is translated by Birgit Schreyer Duarte, sponsored by the Goethe Institute. The production is also supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the New Diorama Emerging Companies Fund.

Highly celebrated in Europe, Philipp Löhle was awarded the Young Dramatists’ prize for his play Gospodin in 2007 (which has just been translated into English by Penny Black). In 2008, he was nominated for the Mülheimer Dramatists Prize and in 2012, he won the Audience Award for Das Ding at Mülheimer Theatertage.

StoneCrabs Theatre Company’s artistic policy is to deliver British and international Theatre at the highest professional standards. Drawing upon the creativity of artists and writers of many cultures, StoneCrabs Theatre Company seeks to create a deeper understanding of the richness and diversity of the society in which we live.

Tickets: £14.50/£12.50 – available from the box office on 020 7383 9034 or online at

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm, Saturday matinees at 3.30pm.

Captioned performance: Thursday, October 23.