Eight young female bodies lie in a tent, breathing in unison and protecting the rifles under their mattresses awaiting their next assignment. During the day, the young women soldiers also work together like a single body. Sivan Ben Yishai grapples with compulsory military service for the fatherland, an experience shared by all young Israeli women and men. This world can only be escaped through sleep or death. And so the fi rst-person narrator becomes a sleepwalker. A male voice mixes into this poetic construction: the father who steers his wife and his two little girls in a camper van through a country intoxicated by self-defence. In the fourth part of her tetralogy, Let The Blood Come Out To Show Them the author reckons with the question of what invisible traces serving the homeland leaves in these young bodies and psyches – and in the psyche of the country itself: where do its revered, injured soldiers register?

A cooperation between: Literarisches Colloquium Berlin, Maxim Gorki Theater / Studio Я, Neues Institut für Dramatisches Schreiben and Robert Bosch Stiftung.



By Sivan Ben Yishai • Translation: Maren Kames • Director: Leonie Kubigsteltig • Video Design: Fanny Hagmeier • Director assistant: Johannes von Dassel • Production assistant: Michaela Maxi Schulz • Scenery: Eylien König • Stage design assistant Julia Casabona • With Marieke Beykirch, Nika Misovic, Elena Schmidt, Yodit Tarikwa • Artistic Direction: Maxi Obexer, Sasha Marianna Salzmann