The ESOC Theatre Group is a non-profit social organisation part of the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) of the European Space Agency (ESA), located in Darmstadt, Germany. It was founded in 1988.

Its mission is to provide the  background for its members to practice theater arts as a hobby and to make theater in English language available to an international community of enthusiasts in and around Darmstadt.

The main activities of the ESOC Theatre Group are the production of public amateur theatre plays, play reading sessions, workshops, theatre trips and other theatre related activities. 

The ESOC Theatre Group has currently around 50 members of many nationalities.


FEATS, the Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies, is the largest competition between English-speaking amateur theatrical groups resident in mainland Europe. It takes place every year.

ESOC Theatre Group have competed at FEATS on several occasions. It is a great opportunity to have fun, make friends and, possibly, collect some awards. The joint efforts of our members and friends has created a good reputation for us among the other members of FEATS.

So far, we have participated in the following FEATS festivals: follow

"The 39 Steps

by John Buchan, adapted by Patrick Barlow
an ESOC Theatre Group Production
November: 10./11./12.| 19:30
November: 16./17./18./19.| 19:30
6 Time TONY AWARD Nominee in 2008! - Best Play, Best Director, Best Costume Design, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design (winner), Best Sound Design(winner). 
WINNER! 2008 DRAMA DESK AWARD for Unique Theatrical Experience
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 5), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!

In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she's a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called "The 39 Steps" is hot on the man's trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!


"Black Comedy"


by Peter Shaffer is a hilarious farce, first performed in 1965.


7. | 8. | 9. | 13. | 14. | 15. | 16. | November 2013 | jeweils um 19.30 Uhr


Brindsley Miller, a young sculptor, and his debutante fiancée Carol Melkett have borrowed some expensive, antique furniture from his neighbor Harold's flat without his permission in order to impress an elderly millionaire art collector coming to view Brindsley's work, and Carol's father Colonel Melkett. When the power suddenly fails, Harold returns early, and Brindsley's ex-mistress Clea shows up unexpectedly, things slide into disaster for him.
The intriguing thing about this play is that it is staged under a reversed lighting scheme: It opens on a dark stage, but the actors seem to be able to see perfectly well. A few minutes into the show there is a short circuit, and the stage is illuminated to reveal the characters in a "blackout." For the rest of the play, the actors are left "in the dark", struggling more and more to avoid the inevitable.
With a fantastic cast of some of the group's best actors, this show is bound to be a great night out.


Brindsley Miller - Andy Williams
Carol Melkett - Alexandra Sokolowski
Miss Furnival - Claudia Tranquilli
Colonel Melkett - Donald Phillips
Harold Gorringe - Eric Beveridge
Clea - Asha Parmar
Mr. Schuppanzigh - Rick Blake
Georg Bamberger - Paul Tharagonnet and Dan

Backstage Crew

Producer - Mark Grundy
Assistant Directors - Andy Johnstone, Ulrike Johnstone, Carlo Ghisi
Costumes and Props - Moira Grundy
Lights and Sound - Matthias Maat
Stage Building / Q-BranchMark Grundy, Andy Johnston, Paul, Dan
Voice coach - Sarah Blake


"Frankenstein The Panto"

a hilarious comedy for adults as well as for children by David Swan

an ESOC Theatre Group Production

13.| 14. February | 19:00

Saturday 15. February | 14:30

19. | 20. | 21. February | 19:00

Saturday 22. February | 14:30


What happens:
It’s a hard Life for little orphan Heidi in the Pumpernickel’s Tavern. The greedy innkeeper and his bossy wife treat her like a slave. And that’s not all... up in the castle, gormless Count Dracula and his gummy grandmother are planning a dinner party, with Heidi as the main course! Luckily, she’s got the audience and other friends to help: her faithful dog Kodak, her best friend Frankie Stein and the handsome Prince Ludwig. The forces of evil never stand a chance... especially when Professor Crackpot transforms Frankie into a Superhero! The only real horrors are a party of rowdy schoolgirls under the supervision of Miss Nelly, famed pedagogue and pantomime dame. They’re Studying how to create havoc..... And they are all fast learners! follow