A hairy affair
The two Jesus actors Rochus Rückel and Frederik Mayet meet in front of the hairdressing salon Kretschmar in Oberammergau. Both would like to take the opportunity to have their hair and beard cut one last time before the hair and beard decree is in force on Ash Wednesday.
All participants of the Oberammergauer Passion plays are encouraged to let their hair, the men also their beards, grow, so almost half of the inhabitants of Oberammergau. Excluded are, for example, only the actors of the Roman soldiers, the members of the orchestra and also the members of the fire department or the medical service.
For most actors, the hair and beard decree is the starting signal for the preparations for the role. Frederik Mayet says, that with the hair growing one also grows into the role bit by bit.
In the hairdresser's salon Kretschmar in Oberammergau there is a boom before the hair and beard decree. But the salon is also well positioned for the Passion period: Customers from the surrounding villages, colorations and hair and beard care secure the business. And, of course, lace trimming is also permitted. Since the evening play exists, visitors oft he Passion Play also come to cut their hair in the mornings before the Play starts. The owner Katharina Daisenberger would like to use the somewhat quieter time for renovation work in the salon. Her mother Gabriele takes part in The Entry into Jerusalem, together with her granddaughter. An extraordinary experience, that she is particularly looking forward to this time.
Frederik Mayet and Rochus Rückel
Text: Jenny Greza
Photos: Andreas Stückl
Rochus Rückel and Frederik Mayet after their visit at the hairdresser