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They Divided the Sky

The story of a young couple living in socialist East Germany and a relationship tested to the extreme.

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They Divided the Sky

Date: 9 May 2018

First published in 1963, author Christa Wolf’s They Divided the Sky tells the story of a young couple, living in the new, socialist GDR, whose relationship is tested to the extreme not only because of the political positions they gradually develop but, very concretely, by the Berlin Wall.

Curious and passionate Rita is falling in love with hilariously pedantic Manfred. Together, they are fearless. East Germany is in generational turmoil: post-war trauma in conflict with youthful optimism.

Wolf, who died in 2011, was one of the most important German authors of her generation. They Divided the Sky was hailed at the time for its artistic achievement and excoriated for its “decadent” politics.

This adaptation by Daniel Schlusser tells Rita and Manfred’s story with just two performers, Nikki Shiels and Stephen Phillips.

Read Daniel’s backgrounder on Christa Wolf and the project here.

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