What happens to people who work in a Covid-19 service every day? At the beginning of December 2021, Miriam Tscholl spent eight days in the intensive care unit of the Nuremberg Clinic, where her brother-in-law works as a pastor.

Collect your own impressions

During sometimes lengthy discussions with clinic staff, with loved ones of those who died, and with those who have recovered, a total of 500 pages of material emerged. This resulted in the reading “Breathing Protocol”, which can be seen in the Munich Kammerspiele. Seven actors accompanied by an accordionist present parts of interviews.

The impetus for the project came from a conversation with her brother-in-law, reports the theater woman. He told what impressions working in the intensive care unit left on him. Because she does a lot of documentary work, she was very interested in it.

Where is the anger going?

Anger surfaced in many conversations. After several corona waves, which got worse, there was a form of resignation among the clinic staff. This raised the question of how to deal with rising anger. Because that feeling doesn’t really align with the work ethic of being there for everyone and helping.

To this was added the debate on vaccinations. About ten percent of the patients or their relatives allegedly insulted or threatened the nurses on the ward. It was a very stressful situation. “It was a difficult topic for the clinic staff.”

Despite the suffering also the laughter

Tscholl points out that there are not only sad moments during reading, but also funny moments. “Where there is a lot of death, there is also a lot of life”, says the theater creator. While on the ward, she laughed with nurses and relatives.

She herself has made the work on “respiratory protocols” more humble, says Tscholl. It also assumes that listening to each other will benefit society. “To me, asking questions is the opposite of insulting.”

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