Ben And The Smugglers


A bilingual bathroom comedy.
For Class 4 & 5

“Ab in die Badewanne!”, Ben’s mother insists. The overseas visitors are arriving soon. Ben reluctantly obeys but no sooner has the twelve year old closed the bathroom door than his vivid imagination starts working. His weekly bath turns into a fantastic, larger than life, action-packed adventure involving himself, two smugglers and a young girl called Lisa. Will the smugglers find the accidental stowaway? Will Ben be able to contact the authorities and convince them about the illegal cargo? And what is Lisa’s part in all this?


Performers Dawn Robinson, Rachel Pattison, Ona Nurkkala and Leopold Gessele

Author Peter Scollin
Director Kenneth George, Timo Radünz (2023)
Costumes Imke Sturm-Krohne
Stage Thomas Schenk
Puppets Rachel Pattison

Duration: 60 Minutes

Premiered 17th November 2006 at ufaFabrik
247 Performances (July 2023)


Single person: 9.50€
Groups: 8.50€
Groups + "Ermäßigungsschein from JugendKulturService": 7.50€
Groups Brandenburg: 8.50€

"What does 'lifeboat' mean again? And 'stowaway'? And doesn't Dutch mean from Holland, not Germany? At the front of the theater in the Ufa-Fabrik, three fifth-year pupils talk in whispers. They have to be quick, the break between the two acts is short, and nobody wants to miss a thing (...) Ben hides as a stowaway (...) and when the smugglers discover him, they think that he's from Holland because they interpret 'Deutsch' as 'Dutch'. The pupils howl - the smugglers are so stupid! (...) Of course it all turns out well in the end (...) There's lots of applause and later dozens of letters for the Scollins."


"The stage design is convincing in its simplicity and ability to change. It's fascinating was is possible with only a large cloth, appropriate light and sound effects.(.:.) A very recommendable and entertaining play (...)"