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Radio play: When the dam breaks. 50 years of strike at Ford in Cologne

Podcast by Mesut Bayraktar
Presented by DOMiD


"I am Nazim. But you can also call me Erkan, Deniz or Ali" - a voice from the spontaneous strike at Ford in Cologne tells about the six days in the summer of 1973, from August 24 to 30. The workers in the Y-hall, final assembly, stop being so-called guest workers. The Federal Republic sees that the recruited workers are human beings.

The text is taken from the play "Gastarbeiter-Monologe" (author: Mesut Bayraktar), which was first performed on November 25, 2021 in the large hall at the Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the German-Turkish recruitment agreement. The author rewrote it accordingly for the short radio play.


Voice: Michael Weber (Actor, Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg)
Text and direction: Mesut Bayraktar (author)
Sound composition: Kaptan Bayraktar (music producer)
Recording studio: Chaos Compressor Club in Hamburg-St. Pauli

Radio play: When the dam breaks. 50 years of strike at Ford in Cologne


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#1 About the author

Mesut Bayraktar, born 1990 in Wuppertal, founded the literary collective "nous - confrontational literature" in 2013 together with Kamil Tybel. He is the author of the novels "Letters from Istanbul" (2018), "Desire of the Desolate" (2021) and "Aydin - Memories of a Denied Life" (2021) as well as a non-fiction book on G.W.F. Hegel "Der Pöbel und die Freiheit" (2021) as well as the drama "The Besieged" (2018), which was published in Turkish translation by the same publishing house in 2020 with the title "Kuşatılmışlar". In addition, in November 2021, his play "Gastarbeiter-Monologe" was first performed in the scenic arrangement by Michael Weber at the Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg. Since then, it has already appeared on stage in many places, including Berlin, Dortmund, Stuttgart, Nuremberg, Marburg.

Instagram: @mes.bay

#2 About the speaker

Michael Weber began his theater career in 1982 at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg. His professional path led him to many great stages: the Schauspielhäuser in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Bochum, Zurich and Cologne, the Burgtheater in Vienna, the Residenztheater in Munich, and time and again to the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, as well as to the Royal Theater in Copenhagen, the Salzburg Festival, and to Paris and Canada. Since 2013 he has been working as an actor and director at the Hamburg Schauspielhaus.

Michael Weber can be seen in many radio, cinema and television productions (WDR, NDR, Deutschlandfunk, Tatort, Polizeiruf, Schimanski and many more.) Most recently he was the narrator for the radio plays "Who the Fuck Is Kafka?" (2021) by Lizzie Doron as well as his 2014 novel "Martha - Ein Leben auf St. Pauli" (2020) and "Herzinfarkt" (2015) by Jens Rachut.

#3 About the sound composer

Kaptan Bayraktar is a music producer from the Krefeld area. In addition to his own productions (most recently: BCSM004, Dubs From The Vault, basscomesaveme), he collaborates with various divisions. In addition to soundtracks of literary texts by "nous - confrontational literature". In 2016 he produced the soundtrack and sound design of the play "Raging Elephants". The play premiered in Wuppertal in 2022. In October, the music production "At The Rolling Gate" will be released on a maxi vinyl, published by Railroad Records from Stuttgart and distributed by buyreggae.

Instagram: @kaptan_music

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