"In the night-time stations of inner-city Berlin, a gang of teenagers 'surf' trains. Theirs is an uncompromising world, where language is tough and the stakes are dangerously high...But when the gang tries to cover up the violent death of their eldest member on the tracks, a bizarre fantasy emerges...set in Venezuela. This rebellious, darkly comic story by German-language writer Guy Helminger recently won the prestigious Baden-Wurttemburg award for youth drama. Venezuela opened on 4th March 2003 at the Arcola Theatre, Hackney, as part of the Arcola's German Season, supported by the Goethe Institut Inter Nationes"
"Guy Helminger was born in Luxemburg in 1963, and studied German and Philosophy. He has lived in Cologne since 1985, where he works as a freelance writer. He has had a number of poetry collections published, and he also writes plays and novels. His play MORGEN IST REGEN was broadcast on the German radio station WDR3 in 2001, and is published by Oberon Books under the title VENEZUELA, translated by Penny Black. "