Good Dragon & Bad Dragon
Play for Children / Ages 5 and up / Inspired by the illustrated story book of the same name by Christine Nöstlinger and Jens Rassmus
Real dragons are fire-spitting monsters that kidnap princesses and terrorise entire villages! You can’t be friends with such a dragon, right? Wrong! Florian even has two dragon friends. A good dragon and a bad dragon that live peacefully at the park and need not be feared nor fought. On the contrary, they help Florian wherever they can: Fighting furious girls called Lena on the playground, getting his mother to listen, making new friends – all these things become much easier with help from the dragons. Nobody else notices Florian’s dragon helpers, because they are invisible to anybody but himself. But it is not just the dragons that take care of the boy, he is there for them as well. When the dragons get scarlet fever, for instance, Florian rushes to their side and simply has to cancel his appointments with the hairdresser or with the doctor, who is supposed to give him a shot. After all, you need to invest into your dragon friendships. Whether they are scaring off enemies with dangerous flames or delighting their friends with shiny bubbles, the three of them face all of life’s little adventures together.
Christine Nöstlinger (1936–2018) took the fears, wishes, daily realities, worries and fantasies of her young readers very seriously. She won many awards and became Austria’s most significant and best-known author of books for children and young adults. In “Guter Drache & Böser Drache” (Good Dragon & Bad Dragon), she tells a story of courage, trust and faith in oneself in her wonderfully direct style.
Michael Moritz is an actor and director and has worked at venues including the Staatstheater in Stuttgart, the Schauspielhaus in Zurich and the Vienna Burgtheater. With his highly dynamic style of directing he brings the illustrated book to life, aided by stage and costume designer Michael Ottopal, with whom he has staged several successful productions for young audiences.