hellwach 2018

8th international theatre festival for young audiences

in the Hellweg region

June 3-10, 2018


From June 3 to 10, 2018, HELIOS Theater will be hosting hellwach – the international theatre festival for a young audience. Seven theatre companies from Europe, Africa and Asia have been invited to take part in the festival.

In the six towns of the Hellweg region that co-organise the festival, the guest ensembles will be performing theatre productions for all age groups – starting with the youngest audiences aged 2 years.

The troupes from India, South Africa, France, Italy, Austria, and Germany present their latest productions. “hellwach” features a wealth of signatures and narrative techniques, covering the full range and countless possibilities of the theatre for young audiences today.

The performances in the festival towns Ahlen, Bergkamen, Bönen, Kamen, Lünen and Hamm will be attended by groups of kindergarten and primary school children. In order to prepare the children for the theatre experience, theatre educators from HELIOS Theater are going to visit the schools in advance with a mobile theatre workshop. A workshop for educators aims at coaching the teachers by providing hands-on methods and tools for wrapping up the theatre visit with kindergarten and pre-school children.

The HELIOS Theater’s venue, Kulturbahnhof Hamm, will be the festival centre of “hellwach”. It is the meeting point for artists and everybody interested in the evening. The framework programme of the festival holds discussions and reflections about the current developments in the theatre for young audiences. Has it made the jump to a “theatre for all”? What are the prerequisites for that? In the meantime, theatre productions for the very young have been produced on all continents – including the ones from South Africa and India. What is the news from there?

On these pages you find the whole programme of „hellwach“. For more information, please contact the theatre office; phone no.: +49 (0)2381 926837, email: post@helios-theater.de.

hellwach 2018 is funded by


To download the schedule of "hellwach" 2018, click here: Schedule

To take a look at the programme brochure (mostly in German), click here: Programme (5 MB)


Vélo Théâtre
Apt (France)
From the Bottom of the Well, the Frog Believes the Sky Is Round|
La grenouille au fond du puits croit que le ciel est rond

for everybody 5+

Toihaus Theater
Salzburg (Austria)
Dreams Dreams | Träume Träume
for everybody 3+

Die Pyromantiker
Berlin (Germany)
The Skyblue Chairs | Stühlchen Himmelblau

for everybody 5+

Magnet Theatre / Lwanda Sindaphi
Cape Town (South Africa)
for everybody 2+

Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust
New Delhi (India)
Wool Symphony
for everybody 2+

La Baracca – Teatro Testoni Ragazzi
Bologna (Italy)
Snow White (or something like that)| Biancaneve
for everybody 5+

HELIOS Theater
Hamm (Germany)
Face to Face | Gegenüber
for everybody 4+

Compagnie ACTA
Villiers-le-Belle (France)
Secret Gardens | Sons…Jardins Secrets
for everybody 4+

Press Service

Here you find high-resolution photos to the festival plays for download.