• © Verena Kathrein

  • © Verena Kathrein

  • © Verena Kathrein

  • © Verena Kathrein

Selfie & Ich

investigative theater / Christiane Mudra

The first thing Germans ask is: What do you do for a living?
What am I saying?
I am a high functioning alcoholic.
My goal is to become mediocre.


In a mobile performance through four private apartments in Neukölln, director Christiane Mudra provides insight into the lives of mentally ill people and describes the situation in Germany’s psychiatric institutions from the Nazi era to the present day. The intimate setting allows us to sense the loneliness and isolation of city dwellers behind the façades of the meritocracy. In each apartment, a person affected has his or her say, reporting on their everyday life and how they deal with their illness. They tell how they themselves experience their depression, their schizophrenia, their anorexia or alcoholism, how they learn(ed) to deal with it, how their environment reacts to them and what they wish for. A patient file from the years 1939 to 1984 also illustrates the embattled reform efforts in Germany’s psychiatric hospitals as well as stigmatization and shame in the direct environment of those affected.

The theater research shows the normality of widespread illnesses and asks about the connection between the increasing number of mentally ill people and the demands of the so-called performance society lies. In doing so, »Selfie & Ich« exposes en passant the systemic deformation of our oh-so-happy society.


stands for journalistic long-term research that is based primarily on original sources and also uncovers unknown facts.

plays out the research specifically in different formats. investigative theater experiments with digital tools and seeks interaction with the audience.

Past Dates
  • Sep 17, 2023
  • Sep 17, 2023
  • Sep 18, 2023
  • Sep 18, 2023
  • Sep 19, 2023
  • Sep 19, 2023
  • Sep 20, 2023
  • Sep 20, 2023
  • Sep 21, 2023
  • Sep 21, 2023


in front of the store "Pfeil und Piefke" at Böckhstr. 46 (U8 Schönleinstr.)

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15 | 10 Euros
Tickets can be only purchased online. No bos office!
For online tickets, 13% presale fee and 2,- Euro service fee are charged in addition to the basic ticket price by the provider Reservix.


2 hours




Sebastian Gerasch, Gabriele Graf, Melda Hazırcı, Murali Perumal, Waki Meier

Concept, research, text, direction

Christiane Mudra

3D Sound design

Martin Rieger/ VRtonung

Expert advice, collaboration research

Tina Hofmann


Sarah Silbermann

Light design, technical direction

Peer Quednau


Yavuz Narin


ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro

A production by Christiane Mudra supported by the Cultural Department of the City of Munich within the framework of the Optionsförderung. Berlin premiere in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost, supported by NATIONALE PERFORMANCENETZ Gastspielförderung Theater (funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, and the Ministries of Culture and the Arts of the Federal States) and the Schulze-Fielitz Stiftung Berlin.