Frank Bätge

Projects: The Black Rose Trick (2005), Secret Girl (2004), The Mercy Games (2004), The Silvana Experiments (2006), Seven Tales of Misery (2006), Night at the Hospital (2007), Die Erscheinungen der Martha Rubin (2007-2008), 57 Beds (2004), The Black Sea Oracle (2008), The 11th Knife (2008), Die Komplex Nord Methode (2008), Die Hades Fraktur (2009), The Oracle's Boat (2009), Salò (2010), Die Hundsprozesse (2011),


Frank joined SIGNA in 2004 for 57 Beds in the role of Frank Singer and since then has created over a dozen characters in his decade of performing with, and forming a familial bond to SIGNA. He has taken part in more of our shows than any other actor and his work was always astonishing. Like himself, his characters were captivating and intense - from merciless pimps to ethereal Gamemasters, infirmed psychiatric patients to meniacal libertines - to his last role as the dedicated and faithful accused Karl Block in Die Hundsprozesse. Frank was a feverish performer - his research was extensive, his character ticks and secrets bountiful, his passion for embodying truth within fiction contagious.
He was, when he decided so, a force to be reckoned with. SIGNA is not the same without him.

Frank "Hobbit" Bätge was born on 10th of July 1961 and died on 12th of March 2013. His ashes were spread in the ocean.


Words for his remembrance:

10-10-2013 - 00:14
Posted by Mads Fahnøe

As an actor in three of the projects that Frank was staring, my perception of him is overly positive - regarding his qualities as an artist but even more as the extraordinary human being he was.

Besides continuously delivering some of the most solid performances in the SIGNA universe (which made it easier for those surrounding him to also shine), he also showed a remarkable talent for spotting and attending the insecure (or less experienced) SIGNA-actors, and make them feel at home in the gigantic settings. He always found an excuse for his character to take care of his peers, if needed, even if they were his "fictional enemies".

Hobbit, your presence and performance in The Black Rose Trick (2005), Seven Tales of Misery (2006), and Night at the Hospital (2007) made sure, that my personal experience with SIGNA still resides as some of the greatest experiences in my life. Its been a blast!

Thank you for being there and thank you for being you!

Cody Baranov / Alvin / Kalani Wagner, but most of all Mads Fahnøe

11-10-2013 - 21:11
Posted by Tobias

I remember him very well.
I have only been in the audience of this one SIGNA production HUNDSTAGE in cologne.
as he was the husband of apolina block, a german actress from cologne theatre in HUNDSTAGE, I really have some memories about him, his character.

may his soul be in peace

11-10-2013 - 21:16
Posted by Jakob la Cour

Mr. Bätge you embodied the creative spirit of mystery. Thanks for your artistic imprints! Your ever grateful servant boy.

12-10-2013 - 22:31
Posted by Frank M. Knudsen

Frank Bätge was amazing and so intence on the stage, and a really cool & nice guy in private.
Very sad to see you go so soon.

I will never forget you.

15-10-2013 - 18:49
Posted by Sol Montaldo

Ya me canso de llorar y no amanece
Ya no sé si maldecirte o por tí rezar
Tengo miedo de buscarte y de encontrarte
Dónde me aseguran mis amigas que te vas

Hay momentos en que quisiera mejor rajarme
Y arrancarme ya los clavos de mi penar
Pero mis ojos se mueren sin mirar tus ojos
Y mi cariño con la aurora te vuelve a esperar

Ya agarraste por tu cuenta las parrandas
Paloma negra, paloma negra, dónde, dondé andarás
Ya no juegues con mi honra parrandera
Si tus caricias deben ser mías de nadie más

Y aunque te amo con locura, ya no vuelvas,
Paloma negra eres la reja de un penar
Quiero ser libre, vivir mi vida con quién me quiera
Dios dame fuerzas, que estoy muriendo por irlo a buscar

Ya agarraste por tu cuenta las parrandas.

(This song will always be yours, dear Hobbit. You are remembered with respect, love and a lot of joy!)

25-10-2013 - 19:16
Posted by Egor

Have seen Hobbit in a dream tonight. It was great to give him a big hug and feel his honest, warm and strong response( as always), while knowing that it's impossible to do it in this layer of reality. He is alive.

03-05-2014 - 20:25
Posted by Angelika

Frank hat mich gelehrt, wie wichtig das Zuhören ist. Und es hat einen Riesen Spaß gemacht, mit ihm zu pokern, auch wenn es nur Kastanoien waren, die zum Einsatz kamen. Ein toller und authentischer Schauspieler und ein richtig netter Mensch. Er fehlt!

01-07-2014 - 02:25
Posted by Juri


10-10-2014 - 03:50
Posted by David Bremer

I love you, Gamemaster. The first time we met, I asked if you remembered Betlehem. You replied "very well; I was there". See ya the next time around!


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