A true story: Rosemary Brown, widow and mother of two, lives in a town house in Balham, South London. In November 1964 the ghost of Franz Liszt visits her and asks her if he could dictate a couple of compositions to her which he could not finish in his lifetime. Brown who does not have a musical education, agrees. Shortly after this incident, Johann Sebastian Bach comes to her with the same wish – and immediately after this there are Johannes Brahms, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Edvard Grieg, Claude Debussy, Robert Schumann, Ludwig van Beethoven – joined later by John Lennon and Albert Einstein. In the following years Brown gets up at half past six every morning, has breakfast and then receives deceased composers for a musical dictation between eight and two and between three and six o’clock. These sessions create among other works a forty pages long sonata and twelve Lieder by Schubert, a fantaisie impromptu by Chopin and two sonatas as well as the tenth and eleventh symphonies by Beethoven. Rosemary Brown herself dies in London in 2001. 

On the basis of this story and the dead composers’ music, director Thom Luz has built a magical, fine-tuned and eerie performance with actors and musicians who seem to have emerged from another dimension. The atmospheric musical piece is spellbindingly beautiful and poignant, at times even amusing. It creates space that allows you to turn off your intellect.

With Suly Röthlisberger, Jack McNeill, Daniele Pintaudi, Samuel Streiff, Mathias Weibel

Director and Stage Design Thom Luz
Musical Director Mathias Weibel
Costume and Light Design Tina Bleuler
Dramaturgy Markus Dross
Technical Director/Light Li Sanli
Sound Design Martin Hofstetter
Assistant Stage Design Corinne Dettwiler
Assistant Costume Design Linda Dürst
Programm Book Simon Renggli
Subtitles Dôra Kapusta, Subtext
Production Management Gabi Bernetta

Thom Luz und Bernetta Theaterproduktionen

Gessnerallee Zürich, Spielart Festival München, Kaserne Basel, Südpol Luzern, Theater Chur

Bernetta Theaterproduktionen und Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne

Language German/English/French
Subtitles English
Duration 75 Min. without Pause
Rights schaefersphilippen Köln

Premiere 27. November 2013 SPIELART FESTIVAL München

With the Support of
Zurich City of culture, Canton of Zurich service of culture, Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, Migros Cultural Percentage, Ernst Göhner Foundation, Georges & Jenny Bloch Foundation







27.11.2013 - SpielArt Festival München (DE)

28.11.2013 - SpielArt Festival München (DE)

12.12.2013 - Gessneralle, Zürich

13.12.2013 - Gessneralle, Zürich

14.12.2013 - Gessneralle, Zürich

15.12.2013 - Gessneralle, Zürich

24.02.2014- Südpol Luzern

25.02.2014- Südpol Luzern

30.01.2014 - Kaserne, Basel

31.01.2014 - Kaserne, Basel

01.02.2014 - Kaserne, Basel

13.02.2014 - Gessneralle, Zürich

14.02.2014 - Gessneralle, Zürich

15.02.2014 - Gessneralle, Zürich

16.02.2014 - Gessneralle, Zürich

05.06.2014 - Gessneralle, Zürich

07.06.2014 - Premières Festival, Théâtre National, Strasbourg (FR)

08.06.2014 - Premières Festival, Théâtre National, Strasbourg (FR)

11.06.2014 - Deutsches Theater, Berlin (DE)

03.08.2014 - Radialsystem Berlin (DE)

01.11.2014 - Theater, Chur

02.11.2014 - Theater, Chur

03.12.2014 - Schauspielhaus, Zürich/Box

04.12.2014 - Schauspielhaus, Zürich/Box

27.03.2015 - Théâtre de Vidy, Lausanne

28.03.2015 - Théâtre de Vidy, Lausanne

29.03.2015 - Théâtre de Vidy, Lausanne

04.06.2015 - Scéne National La Filature, Mulhouse (FR)

26.08.2015 - Lókal Performing Arts, Reykjavik (IS)

27.08.2015 - Lókal Performing Arts, Reykjavik (IS)

09.10.2015 - Festival Actoral, Marseille (FR)

10.10.2015 - Festival Actoral, Marseille (FR)

13.10.2015 - Théâtre La Vignette, Montpellier (FR)

14.10.2015 - Théâtre La Vignette, Montpellier (FR)

01.04.2016 Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers (FR)

02.04.2016 Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers (FR)

03.04.2016 Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers (FR)

03.08.2016 Tampere Theatre Festival (FI)

04.08.2016 Tampere Theatre Festival (FI)

29.09.2016 Grenzenlos Kulturfestival Mainz (DE)

05.06.2017 Israel Festival Jerusalem (IL)

06.06.2017 Israel Festival Jerusalem (IL)

23.05.2018 Operadagen Rotterdam (NL)

24.05.2018 Operadagen Rotterdam (NL)

03.08.2018 - Teatro Biennale Venezia (IT)

04.12.2018 - Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil (FR)

05.12.2018 - Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil (FR)

06.12.2018 - Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil (FR)