Sunday, 4 December 2016

Back on stage in Berlin! "The Most Unsatisfied Town" - March 2017

Good news! "The Most Unsatisfied Town" by Amy Evans (Witnessed Edition 4) will be back on stage in March 2017.

Image © 2016 ETB | IPAC

Directed by Daniel Brunet of the English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center, the play based on the true story of Oury Jalloh, a man who was burnt to death in a Dessau police cell in 2005 premiered in April 2016. In March 2017, The Most Unsatisfied Town returns to the stage and these performances will also have German surtitles. The production and accompanying programme of events is supported by The Initiative in Remembrance of Oury Jalloh and RAA Berlin.

Attention all teachers:

If you wish to study the play with your class please note: 

Coming soon - a reading of "Whtnacig Pnait (Watching Paint)" by Sharon Dodua Otoo

As part of the 3rd Berlin Art Film Festival, Sharon Dodua Otoo (Series Editor, Witnessed) has been invited to present her short story "Whtnacig Pnait (Watching Paint)" from the collection "Winter Shorts" (Witnessed Edition 5)

Image © 2016 Tyrell Teschner

"Whtnacig Pnait (Watching Paint) "will be performed by Yosime Flood (reading) Lewis Teschner (visuals), Tyrell Teschner (music). Following this there will be a moderated discussion with Sharon Dodua Otoo.

Sunday, December 11th 2016, 19:00
Moviemento, Kottbusser Damm 22 (near U7/U8 Hermannplatz)

Monday, 11 July 2016

Berlin | Reading of Amy Evans' "The Most Unsatisfied Town" on Friday, July 15th

"The Most Unsatisfied Town", a theatre play written by Amy Evans and based on the true story of Oury Jalloh as well as the Initiative founded in his remembrance, will be read on Friday, July 15th as part of the inaugural Carnival of Literatures taking place in Werkstatt der Kulturen, Berlin. The reading is being directed by Daniel Brunet of English Theatre Berlin.

Carnival of Literatures 2016
Reading of Amy Evans "The Most Unsatisfied Town"
Friday, July 15th 2016 at 19:30
Werkstatt der Kulturen
Wissmanstr. 32, 12049 Berlin-Neukölln
(U7 / U8 Herrmannplatz)

"The Most Unsatisfied Town" is the fourth publication in the Witnessed Series.

For further information about the reading please click here.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Series Editor Sharon Dodua Otoo has won the prestigious Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preis 2016!

The announcement was made on Sunday, July 3rd in Klagenfurt (Austria): Sharon Dodua Otoo is the winner of this year's Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preis, an annual competition which took place for the 40th time this year and is televised live. The competition, which is officially known as Tage der deutschsprachigen Literatur (Festival of German-Language Literature) is one of the most prestigious German language literature competitions in existence. She won it for her unpublished text: "Herr Gröttrup setzt sich hin" (Mr Gröttrup sits down).

It is a great honour.
Thank you to everyone who has supported the work of Sharon both as an author and as an editor of the Witnessed Series.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Successful premiere of "The Most Unsatisfied Town"!

Image © 2016 Roman Hagenbrock

The Most Unsatisfied Town by Amy Evans (Witnessed Edition 4) opened yesterday at the English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center - and it was a resounding success.

Click here to read a great review published on The Culture Trip.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Heidelberg | Presentation of Witnessed and reading from Winter Shorts - today!

This evening at 6pm begins a wonderful celebration of Black in Germany literature, poetry and music as part of the programme of events to support the ISD exhibition Homestory Deutschland.

Sharon Dodua Otoo will open with a presentation of the Witnessed Series - an English language publication series written by Black authors who have lived in Germany.

This is followed by a reading of a short story "Waste of Mist" by WoMANtís RANDom. This was published last year in the fifth book of the Witnessed Series, "Winter Shorts", edited by Clementine Burnley and Sharon Dodua Otoo.

And to round it all off, a brilliant Spoken Word Performance will be provided by SchwarzRund.

See you there!

Wednesday, 23. March 2016 from 18:00
Café Leitstelle
Emil-Maier-Str. 16, 69115 Heidelberg

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Berlin | World Premiere of "The Most Unsatisfied Town" by Amy Evans

Image © 2016 English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Centre

The world premiere of "The Most Unsatisfied Town" on Thursday, April 7th has already sold out!

Written by Witnessed author, Amy Evans, and directed by Daniel Brunet of English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Centre, this play will run for a total of 14 performances throughout April 2016, including one school matinee performance on Wednesday, April 13th.This brilliant and important play is based on the true story of Oury Jalloh, who was killed in Dessau police custody on January 7, 2005, and the activists of the Initiative in Remembrance of Oury Jalloh, who spurred an international movement to bring his killers to justice. 

Image © 2005 Initiative in Gedenken an Oury Jalloh

Accompanying the performances of "The Most Unsatisfied Town" will be a lobby exhibition exploring Oury Jalloh, other deaths in police custody throughout Europe and related topics. The production also features a comprehensive schedule of post-performance discussions (April 8th, 14th & 21st) and a pre-performance panel discussion (April 10th):

Friday, April 8th | Post-Performance Discussion (in conjunction with Theater Scoutings Berlin)
• Mouctar Bah, Initiative in Remembrance of Oury Jalloh
• Moderation by Amy Evans, Playwright
• Simultaneous Interpretation (German-English) by Catherine Johnson

Sunday, April 10th | Pre-Performance Panel Discussion (4pm)
• Mai Shutta, Oranienplatz Activist
• Elizabeth Ngari, Women in Exile
• Dr. Sunny Omwenyeke, The Voice Refugee Forum Bremen / The Caravan
• Bino Byansi Byakuleka, Oranienplatz Activist and African Refugees Union
• Moderation by Sharon Dodua Otoo, RAA Berlin

Thursday, April 14th | Post-Performance Discussion
• Dr. Andrés Nader, Executive Director, RAA Berlin
• Moderation by Josephine Apraku, Institut für diskriminierungsfreie Bildung

Thursday, April 21st | Post-Performance Discussion
• Thomas Ndindah, Initiative in Remembrance of Oury Jalloh
• Moderation by Dr. Noa Ha, Migrationsrat Berlin-Brandenburg e.V.

"Since he arrived in Germany, Laurence has tried to do everything by the rules. He applied for asylum, waited patiently for his papers and found the kind of job no national would ever care to do. He is friendly to his neighbors, even the ones who tease his children in school, and cooperates with the police when they ask for his help. 
He's found the formula for survival, or so he things, until one day his friend Rahim mysteriously disappears. When the body turns up charred beyond recognition, Laurence is thrust to the fore of a civil rights movement and is forced to take a closer look at the town he was so ready to call home."

The Most Unsatisfied Town (Witnessed Edition 4)
Münster: edition assemblage
Amy Evans (2015)
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