When the curtain came down each night in one of the approved theatres, that’s when Junge’s time became his own. In the Tonne jazz club under Kurländer Palais, he staged works by James Joyce and Christa Wolf, by Erich Mühsam, Georg Kreisler and Heinrich Heine. The Dresdner Brettl developed its own unique style of delivery, with satire, high standards and anarchic wit. According to Böhme, this “relatively independent institution of the Staatsschauspiel Dresden” was the first independent theatre in the GDR.
With the demise of the communist regime, the main artistic theme was change. The Dresdner Brettl graduated from underground status to take up residence on the third floor of a house in Maternistrasse that had previously served as the training centre for the local SED, the ruling communist party. Here there was room for a grand piano, 100 spectators and a bar. “The thrill of success and a desire for freedom combined to take us into the free market economy,” says Böhme. The Dresdner Brettl, at that time still a city-run enterprise, wanted to acquire its own sponsors and move to a more visible location.
Böhme had the idea while sitting in a pub: “If we had a boat, then we could just moor anywhere.” Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come – even if, as Böhme admits, it was a “crazy idea”.