Following Moses across the Channel

The Theatre Group from the Adolf-Reichwein-Schule Vocational College in Limburg/Germany is proud to be taking part in this year’s Lichfield Mysteries on Saturday 9 February 2019.

Our Performing Arts elective course in class 12 of the Berufliches Gymnasium (=High School) has adapted the play Exodus and the Flight from Egypt to address both ancient and modern-day themes and narratives, showing the enduring relevance of the Old Testament story. The play script has been re-worked by 21 young German actors and actresses, all aged approximately eighteen years.  The students will be performing the play, of course, in English, which is a foreign language for them all.  Director of the play is teacher and course leader Janine Allmacher.

This is not the first occasion that a student drama group from Limburg has been invited to perform in Lichfield.  A small drama group from our college made the trip over to perform The Sacrifice of Abraham at the Mysteries in 2013.

In recent years, our college has strengthened its links to our many partners in Lichfield.  This success has been the reward for the great efforts of Lichfield City Council and especially Lichfield’s Twinning Officer Gabriele Lasch-Burden.  Around a dozen students, teachers and practitioners from Limburg have taken up the opportunity to share best practice and gain work experience in cooperation with education and youth organizations in Staffordshire with the help of the Erasmus+ project.  All our young people have been warmly welcomed in the city. Some readers will also remember the exciting performance of Back to Basix – our college pop band – at the Lichfield Fuse Festival 2016.

By accepting your kind invitation to return to the Lichfield Mysteries in 2019, the Adolf-Reichwein-Schule Theatre Group is actively promoting the aims and goals of the Limburg-Ste.Foy-lès-Lyon-Oudenburg-Lichfield Twinning Partnership as well as international cultural exchange in general.

For most of our participants, this will be a first trip to Lichfield and for many the first visit to the UK.  We shall be coming to England by ferry on Friday morning before making our way to the Midlands by coach.  The return journey is scheduled for Sunday evening. As well as performing at the Mysteries, we hope to pack in some sightseeing into our short weekend stay in Lichfield.

We are very grateful to be receiving financial sponsorship from the Twinning Association in Limburg, Adolf-Reichwein-Schule and the Lichfield Mysteries Community Arts as well as church organizations in Germany.

It only remains to say that we are immensely looking forward to the Lichfield Mysteries.  We wish to thank Lichfield Mysteries Community Arts, especially Sarah Dale, for her kindness in inviting us and making all arrangements to ensure this will be a trip to remember.

See you soon!