The film takes place in a working-class district of a German city in 1934. Here the children do not play robbers and gendarmes, but unemployed people and police officers. But for 6-year-old Peter (Dirk Schönberger), the game soon becomes bitterly serious when his father is arrested. The neighbors avoided Peter as a communist son. But Peter is not alone. At his side is his loyal dog, Klecks. The boy hopes that his father can escape and builds a hiding place in his apartment. The father does not come back for the time being, but one day a persecuted communist goes into hiding.

This film is a historical drama and is based on real events and deals with the story of Agnes Wabnitz, daughter of a wealthy inn owner, born in 1841. A police report of the Berlin district from August 28, 1894 shows that Agnes Wabnitz was found dead in the courtyard of a church in Friedrichshain. She lived in the empire of that time and always stood out as an uncomfortable, socially critical person who knew how to inspire the audience for herself and her views.

"Rose Wars" (Rosenkriege) is a series of the Volksbühne. Gabriele Gysis staging of "Heinrich IV., 1 - Die Lohnarbeiter" is the second part of the Rose Wars project of the Volksbühne. The end is short and full of beauty. Even before the fight slackens, the rebel group sinks into the snow flurry, pulls the woolen blankets off the wheelbarrows they brought with them and watches the battle on video. Turmoil and slaughter from the "Falstaff" film by Orson Welles on four monitors, a tedious "What is honor - one word" on stage.

Karl Grünberg was a German communist writer and journalist. His play "Golden fließt der Stahl", which premiered in 1950 at the Stadttheater Nordhausen and was particularly succsessful, works dramarturgically as a combination mystery thriller and socialist propaganda piece. At an important steel factory in the rebuilding GDR of 1949, an engeneer has disappeard, and his wife insists he did not defect to the West but rather was murdered; while solving the crime, she also discovers a saboteur, who is rehabilitated into society at the end of the play.

The expressionist drama Hinkemann is a tragedy in three acts by the writer Ernst Toller. Hinkemann was born in 1921/22 in the fortress prison at Lower Schönfeld, where Ernst Toller was imprisoned from 1920 to 1924. The tragedy appeared in 1923 under the title The German Hinkemann.

The Robbers (Original title: Die Räuber) is the first drama by German playwright Friedrich Schiller. The play was published in 1781 and premiered on 13 January 1782 in Mannheim, Germany, and was inspired by Leisewitz' earlier play Julius of Tarent. The plot revolves around the conflict between two aristocratic brothers, Karl and Franz Moor. The charismatic but rebellious student Karl is deeply loved by his father. The younger brother, Franz, who appears as a cold, calculating villain, plots to wrest away Karl's inheritance.

Handbetrieb (Manual Operation) is a play by the Polish-born writer Paul Grazik from 1976, which was premiered in the Volksbühne in the same year. The piece shows the contradictory nature of the political and economic goals with outdated machines, which makes it impossible to achieve these goals. Through their own fears of existence, the workers are persuaded to continuously improve the results towards those responsible.