National Theater Company of KOREA

[청소년극] 더 나은 숲 Die besseren Wälder Poster

Die besseren Wälder (The Better Woods)

29 Oct, 2021~ 21 Nov, 2021

  • Venue

    Baek Seonghui & Jang Minho Theater 

  • Genre


  • Show Time

    Weekdays 7.30pm ㅣSat & Sun 3pmㅣNo performance on Tuesday

  • Tickets


  • Duration

    95 minutes.

  • Enquiry

  • Language Korean


    Age Restriction Suitable for ages 14 and over

※ In line with the current social distancing measures (Level 4) enforced by the South Korean government in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19, we leave seats between different groups empty.

- Bookings may be made for groups of up to 4 people.

- One seat on either side of each group will be left empty.


※ As per our preventive measures against Covid-19, all visitors will be required to fill out a mobile questionnaire and have their temperature checked before entering the theater. Please allow extra time for these quarantine procedures.


※ In the event of a confirmed case or a close contact of Covid-19, the production may be suspended or cancelled, and all tickets will be fully refunded without incurring cancellation fees. We will send out further instructions on how to proceed with the cancellation.

“It does not matter where you come from.

Your life depends on where you’re headed and who you’re with.”

- Jury’s comments, 2010 German Youth Theatre Award


The Latest Work from Tony Graham (Director of Yellow Moon and Ostrich Boys)

Tony Graham, the director of Yellow Moon and Ostrich Boys, makes a comeback to celebrate the NTCK’s 10th anniversary. Die besseren Wälder(The Better Woods), the winner of the 2010 German Youth Theatre Award, unravels the journey of life using a witty animal metaphor. The contrast between black and white on stage makes our imagination take flight and poses a series of questions to the world. Amid growing pains, it is impossible to stop or take a step back. Thus begins the adventure towards ‘the better woods’ in search of identity.


You’re a wolf, a white wolf.

Ferdinand is born in spring with white snowflakes falling from the sky and flowers blooming all around. Together with his friends, he grazes on a green meadow, bleats and eats carrot cakes. Yet, something is amiss. Time and again, white fur is haphazardly glued on top of his black fur only to be sheared off. The world outside the fence, which he can easily jump over, has long been forbidden. Ferdinand heeds his grandfather’s advice that timidity is a virtue. However, he eventually crosses the line together with Melanie who dreams of escape. Then he counters a hungry wolf whose words change everything: “You’re not a sheep.”










Written by Martin Baltscheit

Born in 1965, Martin Baltscheit is based in Dusseldorf, Germany. Guided by his belief that picture books teach wisdom, wit, madness, and creativity, and encourage people to live better lives, he focuses on illustrative works, which he then expands into various other genres including audiobooks, plays, and films. As such, he works across diverse fields, often comparing animals to men and presenting a sharp yet humorous insight into society.


Directed by Tony Graham

“A great play for teenagers is one that speaks to all generations.”

Tony Graham ushered in a new era of young people’s theatre in the UK, thereby establishing himself as one of the country’s leaders in youth theatre. He previously moderated the New Visions, New Voices new playwriting festival at the Kennedy Center, and served as Creative Associate at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre. He was appointed an Honorary Fellow of Rose Bruford Drama School and then a Visiting Professor. Graham has directed over 100 plays across the world in countries like the UK, the US, Turkey, Singapore and Ireland.

- Artistic Director of the Unicorn Theatre—the leading theatre for young audiences in the UK (1997-2011)

- Artistic Director of TAG Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland (1992-1997)