The other day, I saw an advert on the side of a tram for Freilichtbühne Ötigheim, Germany’s largest open-air theatre. I had never heard of Ötigheim, but I knew if it was being advertised on a Karlsruhe tram it couldn’t be too far away. So I did some research.
It turns out Ötigheim is located in the district of Rastatt, around 5 km from the actual town of Rastatt, which would make it only about a 25 minute drive from Karlsruhe.
I’ve seen outdoor plays before – my family regularly goes to see performances by the travelling theatre company Oddsocks, and the summer one is always outdoors – and I’ve always enjoyed it. Watching a play outdoors is a completely different experience to watching one inside a theatre. Theirs were always performed at locations that are not normally used for plays, though (such as Prudhoe Castle), and you had to bring your own chairs – or sit on the ground. I’ve never been to an actual outdoor theatre before – and where better to experience this for the first time than Germany’s largest?
Another thing for the 35 before 35 list, methinks. And proof that advertising on trams works – on me, at least!
By the way, if you live in the UK (or Channel Islands) and are a fan of the theatre (and comedy) with a bit of audience participation, you really should go and see an Oddsocks production. The play for the 2013 summer tour (starting in June) is Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors.