Scharlatan stands for communication and humour. For our play a high level of sensitivity for the people and the situation is a prerequisite and the basis. The characters are meant to appear real for they have complete command of their work. Vivid play of words, sensitiveness and charm are some of the foundations of our version of humour. Playing with stereotypes, directly playing with the people on the street but with astonishing sensitivityn is typical for the Scharlatans so that the border between actors and audience disappears and funny situations develop. Scharlatan Allee is today the special department within the Scharlatan that develops open air- and street-theatre-productions: directly, funny and spectacular. Scharlatan Allee is the most recent and at the same time the most tradition-filled branch of the German Theatre. It was on the street that the whole thing began: already 18 years ago the Scharlatans, dressed up as street-sweepers, were busy making people laugh. What began way back then has continued right up to today. Scharlatan Allee represents a humorous confrontation with the unexpected. Whether an unannounced, mobile performance or what has in the meantime grown into a staged spectacle displaying technical perfection: the programs of Scharlatan Allee transform public spaces for a short period of time into an unaccustomed terrain into visual and communicative platforms. Bizarre comicality and on some occasions sophisticated pyrotechnical effects draw the onlookers into an absurd theatrical world. In this way irritations and fresh perceptions are engendered, and above all: Laughter! Gdańsk"s publicity knows Scharlatan very well. In 2000 German theatre showed a play entitled "Schrott - das Millenniumevent" and in 2002 "Ente gut, alles gut".
<font color="#D2CFA8">"The Guardian Angels"</font>
Author: Scharlatan Allee
Direction: Herr Ali Wichmann
Set design: Bernard Sissan
Music: Andreas Kowalewitz, Tina Säck
Costumes: Scharlatan Allee
Actors: Tom Lanzki, Olivier Capelier, Nailor Holmsten
Year of production: 2002
Duration: 50 minutes
A site right in the city: a brigade of international firefighters drives up in a fire engine. "This is an exercise," they say. Emergency measures in controlling fire situations are going to be demonstrated. The firemen quickly unroll hoses, extend ladders and unleash amid all the tumult their fireworks of situation comedy, absurdities and explosive images. They stumble over language barriers and unhinge hierarchies of authority. The furious doings of the actors quite incidentally turn everyday routines and viewpoints upside-down and astound their audience with the unexpected. They play skillfully upon people's craving for sensationalism. Whether pyrotechnic display or fountains of water from the fire engine: they are modern adventurers who present a spectacular and insistent playing with fire and compel their public now to be amazed, now to laugh. Proceeding from the typical basic forms of Scharlatan street theater, the play format has been expanded here: perfectly integrated pyrotechnical effects transform traditional firefighting equipment into a world of fascinating images.