The Forbidden Zone

The Forbidden Zone is a multi media work for theatre, written by Duncan Macmillan and directed by Katie Mitchell. The piece premiered at the Salzburg Festival on 30th July 2014, and went on to be presented at Schaubühne, Berlin in autumn 2014. Melanie designed the sound for the piece.

The Forbidden Zone is a powerful new work about women, science and war in the first half of the twentieth century. Performed in two languages by a cast made up of both German and English speaking actors, The Forbidden Zone marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War One by bringing together an international ensemble of artists using modern technology to create an epic narrative to stand alongside the established canon of dramatic treatments of the conflict.

Image: Stephen Cummiskey

Creative Team:

Duncan Macmillan, Text

Katie Mitchell, Director

Leo Warner, Director of Photography

Lizzie Clachan, Sets

Sussie Juhlin-Wallen, Costumes

Finn Ross, Video

Melanie Wilson, Gareth Fry, Sound

Jack Knowles, Lighting


Kate Duchêne, Andreas Schröders, Scientist

Ruth Marie Kröger, Clara Haber

Jenny König, Claire Haber

Felix Römer, Fritz Haber

Giorgio Spiegelfeld, French Soldier

Andreas Hartmann, Stefan Kessissoglou, Camera

Sebastian Pircher, Camera / American Soldier

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