A Münster effort

Elke Ober, German artist living in Buckhaven, painted the curtain for the Boulevard Munster theatre
Elke Ober, German artist living in Buckhaven, painted the curtain for the Boulevard Munster theatre

IT’S probably not every week a Levenmouth social club is home to an artist painting a curtain that will be used in a comedy theatre in Germany, but last week was one of those unusual times.

Buckhaven resident Elke Ober (60), whose name probably makes it clear that she is originally from Germany, begged the committee at Denbeath’s Miners Welfare Institute to allow her to borrow their upstairs hall after getting into a tight spot with her latest work.

A stage designer by trade, Elke’s sister who runs the family operated Boulevard Münster Theatre in Münster, Germany, commissioned her sibling to create a giant 10-metre by three-metre curtain to be used in a winter production.

Called ‘Gossip on the Staircase’ the curtain features a number of different caricatures all chatting away to each other – but Elke promises none of the conversations, which are painted in German, contain any rude words.

Elke told the Mail she had fun painting the piece for the show which she says is about how intrigue and rumours start.

She added: “I have to thank the club for letting me do it here as I had no plan B really.

“It is too big to have done at home and it has saved me so much time.

“I plan to fold it up and take it over (to Germany) in a suitcase.

“I will stay for the rehearsal and help put the lights up and make sure everything is ready.”

Being a family run theatre Elke has helped her family out on a number of occasions but hasn’t worked here as much since she moved over 20 years ago.

She added: “I did one play for Fife Operatic Society in 1994 but it’s difficult to get work.”

In case anyone happens to be in Münster ‘Gossip on the Staircase’ will run for three months from December 14.