The Desperate Thespians are an English-speaking theatre group consisting of students and lecturers of the University of Siegen.
The Desperate Thespians were founded in 2007 and since then have successfully staged five plays. It all started with “MythTakes”, a self-written mashup play in which iconic figures of English and American literature and culture were set into different contexts. The play premiered in 2008.
A year later the group decided to stage “The Shape of Things” (2009), a play written by Neil LaBute. For this play as well as for “Crave” by Sarah Kane, which followed in 2010, the Desperate Thespians were invited to the Conference of the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE).
A planned staging of “Waiting for Godot” in 2011 had to be cancelled, but the Thespians returned to the stage in 2012 with “Love and Money”, a play by Dennis Kelly. After a short break “The God of Hell”, written by Sam Shepard, premiered in 2014.
In 2017, Edward Albee´s famous play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” was successfully staged by the group.
The Thespians are currently working on a performance of “Endgame”, a play by Samuel Beckett.