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Theater Young FFT Theatre & Performance

Women on a ship? You should be glad that’s impossible.”

Hilletje Jans, an orphaned girl, grows up in the 18th century Netherlands – in an era in which children had to bear responsibility early and during which the social roles of men and women were clearly delineated. It is exactly this period in which Hilletje Jans is falsely accused of murder, having to spend many years at the spin house, a women’s penitentiary. Upon her release, she decides to sign up on a ship, disguised as a boy. There, she is bestowed the respect she deserves, fights pirates, and returns to her hometown a hero. Will her secret be uncovered there?

In this multiple award-winning play, the echtzeit-theater artists tell a moving story of equality and freedom – and about the role the development of gender identity plays during puberty.


Münster-based echtzeit-theater aims to be close to the audience, both in content and space. They want to confront young people with new forms and aesthetic impulse, openly showing the means of making theatre, putting them up for discussion, while always discovering new and participatory ways of performing. The ensemble regularly works with diverse artists and has already been invited to several national festivals with their productions.

Performance: David Gruschka, David Kilinc, Nina Krücken (Please note: Luisa Hausmann will perform some shows instead of Nina Krücken), Dimitri Schwartz. Staging: David Gruschka. Assistance: Frederik Hochheimer. Costumes: Maria Wolgast.


Supported by the Cultural Department of the City of Münster, the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, and the NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste (North Rhine-Westphalia State Office for the Independent Performing Arts).