Here at the Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz, I’ve also played with Springmaus, as well as with the Impro Musical. We've also played here and that's how my relationship with the Volksbühne came about. I also did all the background work for the Impro musical, so a lot of the press work, photo editing; things like that. Last October, when Angela Krumpholz left relatively quickly and suddenly for the opera I was asked if I would be interested in joining the team and working here. As an artist this of course helped me a lot to have a steady income. I have 3 children (laughter!).
ETD: Very sensible! Good idea!
Gilly: But as it turns out, the collaboration will probably last longer, not only because of Corona, but also because I enjoy it very much! I like the people and I’ll still be involved in the theatre in the long term, on and off stage. That's at least the plan, or how I interpret the job here. I do the necessary Press and public relations (you know all about that yourselves!), but beyond that, I'm now also hired as a creative here. We're all very good at our trade but there's never been one who thinks a bit "outside the box" or approaches the whole thing from the creative side.
ETD: That is very important!
Gilly: Yes, exactly, and that’s been recognized, so that’s also my job now, and part of what I’m responsible for.
ETD: Oh, nice! Really pleased for you and the Volksbühne! And do you have an ensemble of actors here who are permanently employed?
Gilly: No, the Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz is currently a guest performance venue! In the past however, when this was the Millowitsch Theater, until about 2015, they would produce and perform their own productions. Then, there was a transition process. Peter Millowitsch himself and his productions only played half of the year, and the other half was filled with guest performances. Axel Molinski, who is responsible for scheduling and guest performances, designed the program. That was the case for a few years, but by that point it was already clear that Peter Millowitsch was slowly withdrawing. I think the closing date was even brought forward! It’s naturally a difficult process when you know the plan is to withdraw, and so at some point it was a completely organic conclusion for the Millowitch Theater to withdraw. I don't know exactly when but it was 2018 that he played here for the last time. Since then, there have only been guest performances; there’s no resident ensemble working here.
Last October, "Himmel und Kölle", the new Cologne musical, had its premiere. Of course, they also worked a lot here before the pandemic started, and the plan was that they would perform for a longer run here. But I wouldn't go so far as to call it a resident ensemble, but rather an external production company that performs here. They would have had dates into February, but they will still perform their production here when the theatre is back. Besides that, there were other shows in the pipeline, for example the "Mausefalle/The Mousetrap" from ETD would also have been coming here in March as you know, (we all laugh and cry at the same time!) ...It’s of course sad that it can no longer take place.
We’re very broadly positioned here in terms of content. With some incoming shows you don't know what you're going to get. On the other hand, there's something for everyone: concerts, cabaret, theatre and musicals.
ETD: A good mix!
Gilly: Yes, it's nice to see it that way!