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 She won it for her unpublished text: "Herr Gröttrup setzt sich hin" (Mr Gröttrup sits down).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
in DEZERNAT 16
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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Sunday, 21 February 2016

The Most Unsatisfied Town - premiere on April 7th in Berlin

The Most Unsatisfied Town
by Amy Evans
Directed by Daniel Brunet



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 thinks, 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 is based on the true story of Oury Jalloh, who was killed in Dessau police custody on January 7, 2005, and the activists who spurred an international movement to bring his killers to justice.


The Most Unsatisfied Town will begin on Thursday, April 7th 2016 in Berlin.
This is the world premiere of the play which was first published in the Witnessed Series.






Amy Evans (2015)
Münster: edition assemblage

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Monday, 21 December 2015

CASTING - Uraufführung von THE MOST UNSATISIFIED TOWN am English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center

via Daniel Brunet, English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center


Dear friends,

I’ll be holding auditions in mid-January for the world premiere of Amy Evans' play THE MOST UNSATSIFIED TOWN, a piece that examines the death in custody of Oury Jalloh in Dessau in 2005 and everything that happened after.



Here a few words from Sharon Otoo about the play:

“We are introduced to Laurence, a former refugee from Guinea now married with children and running his own business. In a small number of scenes, most of which take place in his internet shop, we meet Laurence’s white German wife Manuela, his non-citizen friends Julius, Yusef and Rahim, the white German police officer Brunmeier, the widow Eva and her Afro-German son, Ronny. Throughout their interactions, we learn of life in a former East German city from a myriad of perspectives – stories of privilege and marginalisation are made tangible. The tensions simmering below the surface are brought to the fore by the sudden, violent death of Rahim while in police custody. This incident catapults Laurence out of his “optimistic” view of his new home town and forces him unwittingly to the front of a civil rights movement – he did not want to be a hero. He just wanted to know what happened to “our brother”. If only this were a work of fiction. The real life Rahim – Oury Jalloh – died in mysterious circumstances on January 7th, 2005. Almost ten years later, we still do not know exactly how he died or who was responsible for his death. The community continues to fight for justice to be served – resistance comes in many forms.”

The play will be performed in English.

We are looking for actors for all eight roles except for Ronny.



Here’s the basic information:

Rehearsal schedule: Monday to Friday, 12pm – 6pm (not all actors will be required at all rehearsals)
Start of rehearsals: Beginning of February
Premiere: April 7, 2016
12 performances through April 23, 2016
Fee: 2,000 EUR (flat fee, includes all taxes)

Please forward this mail to anyone you think may be interested in auditioning. Simply email me for an audition appointment. I can also provide a copy of the full text of the play.

Thanks so much,
Daniel Brunet





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

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