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maniACTs – The English Department Drama Group

The maniACTs, the English Department's English-language drama group, have been performing for over twenty years. Each semester, they put on a play carefully selected from the Anglo-American canon.

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Casting for each new production takes place at the beginning of every semester. Besides actors, they’re also looking for assistant directors, stagehands, lighting and sound technicians, costume designers and makeup artists; even those with limited experience are welcome!

Rehearsals and performances usually take place in the Theater FISTung – the auditorium in the Rektorat building at Fahnenbergplatz.

Find more information on their latest production at,, on this page, or by sending them an email at

The 2019 SummerSemester production Machinal

The maniACTs would like to invite you all to their new theater production Machinal. As this semester’s special treat, we are delighted to be joined by Dr. Kerstin Fest, who will give an introductory talk to the play on the coming Monday (29th). 


*** Monday, 29th July, 7 pm: Acadamic introduction with Dr. Kerstin Fest (Uni Freiburg) ***

Sophie Treadwell’s expressionist classic, first performed in 1929, tackles topics such as isolation in a modern, mechanical world, expectations and patriarchal pressure on women and the inability – and unwillingness – to communicate with each other. We are updating the play to a vibrant, twenty-first-century setting and bringing it to life as a true-crime story with movement and music. The tale of an ordinary young woman pushed to extremes is just as pertinent today as it was ninety-one years ago.

Show dates: Monday 29th July and Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th August

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Theatersaal Alte Uni (Bertoldsstraße 17)

Admission: 7€ / 5€ (reduced)

Tickets: Walthari

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