A complex drama, written in 1929 by Austrian-German writer Ferdinand Bruckner, describing six medical students in the social disillusion of post First-World-War Vienna.
The young haunted characters entangled with sexually, love, vocation, despair, idealism, life and death in a very existential condense play.
What starts like a realistic melodrama (in a room) develops over a sequence of scenes, into an expressionistic dark and poetic play.
The show took place on a thrust stage.
In order to emphasize the undercurrent drives and moods of the action, and turn the realistic set into a vivid surrounding - a room was built on a scissor lift - that kept moving all along the evening from stage level, where actors could easily climb up and down –to a higher level –where an improvisation was needed to climb a chair on top of a table –to the last scene where a ladder was needed, and a scene was taken at more than 4 m height. Physical conditions where pushed to the extent much as were the characters themselves.
In front of the climbing room, on a black shiny floor, furniture were scattered and used not according to a realistic division of locations, but rather according to needs.
There were just small hints to the play period –in clothing, props or gesture, otherwise action could have happen here and there and everywhere. Lighting and sound took major part in making the show look and feel like a disturbing nightmare.