Offending Peymann (radio play)

By Helgard Haug / Daniel Wetzel

The „brave dentist Dr Maurer“ had performed extensive dental work on four RAF terrorists and Stammheim prisoners, which could not be paid for privately or by the state. Mrs Ensslin, mother of Gudrun, therefore appealed to over 50 famous Germans for donations. Claus Peymann, then director of the Staatstheater Stuttgart, donated a small sum and hung her appeal for donations on the whiteboard for the theatre’s in-house announcements. The incident was made public and the letters and newspaper articles were painstakingly archived: from condemnation, death threats, invective, solidarity and recognition, praise and critical dissociation, through to accusations of a self-image neurosis, these letters make the vox populi audible and reveal a precise cross-section of the nation’s mood in autumn 1977.


Radio play by Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel

Claus Peymann, director and artistic director
Bärbel Noack, former director’s secretary at the Staatstheater Stuttgart
Rolf Otto, head of the props and sets department, Staatstheater Stuttgart
Gabriele Vogler-Stump, member of the Stammheim Sports Club
Alexander Tamburlini, dentist, specialising in root canal treatment, Stuttgart
Trainers from the Stammheim Sports Club (Inge Bauer-Mantel: ballroom dancing and jazz dance, Martin Lambrecht: table tennis, Heike Schotters: step aerobics)
Margarita Broich, speaker
Manfred Rommel, former mayor of Stuttgart

In cooperation with Schauspiel Stuttgart, the Landesarchiv Baden Württemberg (Baden Württemberg State Archive) and the Staatsarchiv Ludwigsburg (Ludwigsburg Public Records Office).

Sound: Dirk Schwibbert

Authors & Directors: Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel

Editor: Katrin Moll

Production: Deutschlandradio Kultur 2007

Premiere broadcast: 1.10.2007 / Freispiel, DeutschlandRadio Kultur

Length: approx. 54'30"