Since 2014, the Federal Office of Culture has presented the Swiss Theatre Awards each year. The highest recognition is the Swiss Grand Award for Theatre / Hans Reinhart Ring. This year, it has been presented to a company that creates theatre for young people and their parents: Theater Sgaramusch.
Children’s theatre is a major future investment in the education of children and in the further development of theatre. So it is an important sign that the highest Swiss theatre prize this year goes to a company fully committed to its young audience. Since 1982, the Theater Sgaramusch in Schaffhausen has been producing theatre for children that takes their young audience seriously in trusting and challenging them, as well as entertaining accompanying adults. The result is intelligent, often somewhat offbeat productions that tell stories about relevant topics and do so without patronising finger-wagging. The company is a regular on German-Swiss stages and has toured in 16 countries on four continents – in Swiss German, but also High German, English and French.
Prefaced by a speech from the President of the Swiss Confederation, Alain Berset, the Grand Award for Theatre / Hans Reinhart Ring was presented as part of the Swiss Theatre Encounter on 24 May in Zurich, along with further Awards for outstanding performances in Swiss Theatre. These went to:
- Ruedi Häusermann & Kapelle Eidg. Moos for their «unique musical theatre».
- Oscar Gómez Mata for creating theatre «driven by anger» with his Compagnie L’Alakran.
- Gabi Bernetta as an «enabler and networker» for Swiss theatre of all ages and formats.
- Festival wildwuchs for «making culture accessible» to a diverse audience.
- Anne Bisang for emphasising the values of «freedom and emancipation» in theatre.
- The «Schweizer Kleinkunstpreis» has been presented to Les Petits Chanteurs à la Gueule de Bois for their «musical spectacles» full of black humour.
Also nominated for the «Schweizer Kleinkunstpreis» were Ohne Rolf for their «comedy in world format» and Lapsus for their «multifaceted situational comedy».
More information: Swiss Theatre Awards