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Ein-Mensch-Theater (German: Mensch "human being") is a German expression for a traveling theater, within the owner is writer, director, stage designer, performer and sometimes even his own tour manager in one person.[1]


The term was coined by Natias Neutert after his performance (The poet stumbles into the open) at Schauspielhaus Bochum during a panel discussion with Peter Zadek[2]


His intention was going to replace the worn and partial label one-man show by a label under which both males and females could find equally.[3]


  1. ^ A definition, corresponding with The poor Theater and its imagination power. Cf. Jerzy Grotowski: Towards a Poor Theatre (Preface: Peter Brook/Edited by Eugenio Barba). Eyre Metghuen, London 1980. ISBN 413349101
  2. ^ DIE ZEIT No. 32, 4 August 1978.
  3. ^ So Neutert in the panel discussion at Schauspielhaus Bochum, August 1987.