Couchcast: Introducing The Hunchback Variations by Mickle Maher

In less than 24 hours, at 9pm CET on 1st May 2020, Couch Theatre Couchcast will proudly present the first segment of an updated online version of Mickle Maher’s The Hunchback Variations.

This panel discussion between Quasimodo and Beethoven, directed by Rebecca Garron and starring Martin John Mills and Harald Djürken, is a Rover Rep Theater Production first presented in 2007. It was revived by The Hamburg Players in 2018 and taken to the FEATS Festival in Antwerp, Belgium, where it won two awards – Best Production and Best Actor for Harald Djürken in the role of Quasimodo.

It was Couch Theatre’s first ever production when we started in October 2018 at Tisch und Stuhl in Hamburg.

This updated version, adapted for our times in cooperation with Mickle Maher, uses the video chat format and will be shown exclusively here on

There are 11 segments in The Hunchback Variations and we will present one every evening at 9pm for 11 consecutive evenings. They will all stay online, so no need to panic if you can’t make it at 9pm. On 11th May 2020 we will present the final segment and also the discussion in its entirety.


Couchcast: The Hunchback Variations by Mickle Maher

Couchcast: The Hunchback Variations by Mickle Maher. Premieres 1st May 2020 at 9pm CET for 11 consecutive evenings – only here on

We will show one segment per evening culminating in the full version on 11th May 2020.

Each segment will remain on our website afterwards, so you won’t miss any.

Video by Herwig Lührs
Original artwork by Alexander Rühl
Video footage by Conrad Lüneburg

Couchcast Live Event


As you know, since theatres have been closed we’ve been online here and throughout social media with our Couchcast series. Members of our Couch Theatre ensemble have been singing songs and reading poems in various languages.

We would like to announce today that (when we’re allowed to get back on stage again) some of us from the Couchcast series would like to actually perform them live for you in an evening of poetry and song.

So, please watch this space for more details. You can also sign up for our newsletter at or ‘follow’ us here by clicking on the link.

Best regards and stay safe,


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