Conference of Essential Matters
A Group Game for Children and Adults
(Konferenz der wesentlichen Dinge - Ein Gesellschaftsspiel)

December 2014, LOT Braunschweig
Interactive Performance, ca. 90-120 minutes
by pulk fiktion
Age: 8+


"... Humorously, well thought-out and clever, the theater and game creators test the concept of family, power relationships and trust. pulk fiktion creates a situation of conversation and negotation on eye-level. It's not assumed what children are interested in, instead they are included in a shared experience of decisionmaking, laughter and discussion..."
- Selection Jury WESTWIND Festival 2015

"...An exercise in democracy, of which Andreas Dorau once sang: "It never gets boring", and in this case it can also be a lot of fun. Depending on the group dynamic that develops in a safe space of possibility..."
- Christian Bos, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, 15 May 2015

"... pulk fiktion goes a decisive step further than their colleagues from Grips or Marabu Theater. Here, it's not about creating a political consciousness through watching a play that refers to the world outside. In "Conference of Essential Matters" the subject of discussion is inside of the theatrical space. Politics are enacted, in a safe framework it's allowed and encouraged to test, attempt, and shape.... With pulk fiktion the local children and youth theater scene has found its avantguarde - a good thing!..."
- Julian Gerhard,, 03 June 2015

"...It's a table game in real life. These kinds of interactive productions are currently en vogue, although they often fail because they take themselves too seriously. The vibe of this conference is light and happy from the beginning... pulk fiktion is able to create something else with "Conference of Essential Matters": Getting to know and gage complete strangers very quickly."
- Christoph Braun, Braunschweiger Zeitung, 15 December 2014


Conference of Essential Matters is an interactive performance in which a mixed group of children, teenagers, and adults negotiate different ways of living together. 20 participants of different ages gather around a large conference table and begin to create their own rules for the encounter. Each has a dedicated panel in front of them that can be used to vote, to log in information, and to receive individual messages. Guided by audio instructions and two performers, participants explore the tension between responsibility and agency. The concept of family as a structure of power and authority is cracked open and redefined.


Augenblick Mal! Festival Berlin 2017! Festival Rheinland-Pfalz 2017
Hildesheimer Kinder- und Jugendtheaterwoche 2017
WESTWIND 2015 Düsseldorf (Jury Special Mention)
HART AM WIND 2016 Hamburg (Children's Jury 1st Prize)
Starke Stücke 2016 Frankfurt
FAVORITEN 2016 Dortmund
Best OFF Niedersachsen – Festival Freier Theater 2016 Hannover
KUSS! 21. Hessische Kinder- und Jugendtheaterwoche 2016 Marburg
Festival LOOSTIK - German-French Festival for young audiences 2016
Nominated for the Children and Youth Theater Prize Cologne 2015

Production Team

Artistic Direction: Hannah Biedermann & Eva von Schweinitz
Performance: Norman Grotegut & Manuela Neudegger
Audio & Interactive Technology: Matthias Meyer & Sebastian Schlemminger
Assistance & Voice: Milena Wiechert
Set Construction: One Take Toni
Producer: Zwei Eulen

Co-produced by FFT Düsseldorf and COMEDIA Theater Köln, with LOT Braunschweig and wrede theater Oldenburg.

photos: Julius Matuschik