Bremer Freiheit

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Bremer Freiheit ("Bremen Freedom") is a German drama in one act by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945 – 1982)[1]

The original text

The play is based on the story of a historical murderer. It was first performed in the Schauspielhaus Bremen by the Bremer Ensemble in 1971, and published in 1972. Also filmed for TV as Bremer Freiheit in 1972, with a script by Fassbinder and directed by Siegbert Kohl.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into English as Bremen Coffee by Anthony Vivis and first performed in 1974 at the Traverse Theatre Club, Edinburgh and the Hampstead Theatre Club, London, directed by Ronald Hayman. The text published by Methuen, 1977.

Performance history in South Africa

1985: Presented in English by CAPAB in a double bill with The Woods (Mamet) at the Nico Arena in May. Directed by Sean Taylor, design by Dicky Longhurst, music by David Nissen and lighting by Pieter de Swardt. The cast: Antoinette Kellermann, Gary Carter, Russel Savadier, Dawid Minnaar, Francois Viljoen, Marthinus Basson, Victoria Bawcombe, Libby Daniels.


Bremen Coffee Theatre programme, 1985.

Antoinette Kellerman's annotated performance script, found in the Stellenbosch Drama Department archives in 2022.

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