The Children's and Youth Theatre Workshops of HELIOS Theater

In the Children and Youth Theatre Workshops, people from 9 to 23 years of age meet to play theatre together. The participants get to know different aspects of themselves and each other in theatre exercises and experiment with different roles.

They explore theatrical means and narratives and develop their own theatrical moments and scenes which are then presented in performances on stage or in public places.

Café Welt - Café World

“Café World” has been regularly opening its stage in the HELIOS Theater since December 2016. People of all ages are invited to tell stories, to recite poems or to sing songs on the open stage. In the cozy atmosphere of “Café World” with biscuits, tea and coffee, texts and songs in all languages, in Farsi, Arabic, English, German, French, Low German, and so on are presented. The Children’s Theater Workshop develops scenes and moments that they show to the public at “Café World”.

The next “Café World” will take place on Sunday, 27th May at 4:00 pm. For this edition we collect childhood stories from all over the world.

If you like to tell a story from your childhood, you are cordially invited!
For those interested, there will be a pre-meeting on Tuesday, 15th May at 6:00 pm. Stories can be presented and tried out there; it is also possible to discuss and work on translations.

If you just want to listen, of course, you are welcome to just join “Café World” on the 27th May! Admission is free.

Next Date:
Sunday May 27th, 2018 at 16:00


“You want to change the world? Just do it!”

This is the motto of the Ruhr-wide youth art project pottfiction. Around 70 young people of five theatres for young audiences dream up the future, make visionary theater and shape the world through action.

Young people between 16 and 23 years of age from Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen, Herne, Bochum and Hamm rehearse weekly in their groups. On three workshop weekends, they come together in a theatre to exchange about artistic means and the topic of the year: “Utopia – Dystopia”. The project ends with a big summer camp at the end of the summer holidays.

In 2017, HELIOS Theater hosted the camp next to the river Lippe in Hamm. More information about and images of the camp can be found here and on (both in German). In 2018 the camp will take place in Herne.


Struggles for power are conducted with great ideologies and utopian promises, but also with fears and dystopian visions. Is it really about the well-being of everybody? Who creates “Utopia”, and for whom?

The HELIOS Theater’s pottfiction group creates its own versions of the future: from old and new texts, associations, wishes, dreams and nightmares arise in improvisations. With sounds and images a performance in the field of tension, of good intentions and bad consequences.

Performance Dates:
Sunday, July 8th 2018, 7:00 pm
Monday, July 9th 2018, 7:00 pm

pottfiction is a cooperation of:
Junges Schauspielhaus Bochum, KJT Dortmund, Consol Theater Gelsenkirchen, HELIOS Theater Hamm, theaterkohlenpott Herne and LAG.