Thursday, 27 July 2017

Witnessed Author Clementine Ewokolo Burnley Shortlisted for Short Story Prize

The twenty short stories and authors who have been selected for the 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize shortlist have been announced.

Witnessed author and editor Clementine Ewokolo Burnley is among them with her short story: "A Place Called Out". We congratulate her and are crossing our fingers!

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony which takes place in the UK on Saturday, October 14th 2017. All short-listed stories will be published in an anthology which will be launched on the same day.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Amy Evans' "The Most Unsatisfied Town" - Premiere Thursday March 9th

Last year the world premiere of Amy Evan's fantastic play, "The Most Unsatisfied Town" was shown in Berlin. The production and ancillary events were supported by the Initiative in Remembrance of Oury Jalloh. With more than 1,200 audience members over 12 performances, the performances also broke all of the attendance records at English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center.

Producing Artistic Director Daniel Brunet has been successful in securing sufficient funding to be able to offer six more performances, this time with German surtitles. Specially the dates of the performances - always at 8pm - are:
  • Thursday, March 9
  • Friday, March 10
  • Saturday, March 11 
  • Wednesday, March 15
  • Thursday, March 16 
  • Saturday, March 18

Tickets are 15 EUR (9 EUR Students). To reserve tickets in advance (very much advised!), please send an email to: or click here to go directly to the online ticketing system.

Attention all teachers:

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

"The Most Unsatisfied Town"
written by Amy Evans - directed by Daniel Brunet
Venue: English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center, Fidicinstr. 40, 10965 Berlin-Kreuzberg

With Maya Alban-Zapata (Eva), Kenneth Philip George (Laurence), Aloysius
Itoka (Yusef), Dorothee Krüger (Manuela), Tibor Locher (Brunmeier), Asad Schwarz-Msesilamba (Julius), Quatis Tarkington (Rahim) and Tyrell Teschner (Ronny)

Foyer Exhibition and Production Dramaturgy by Michael Ojake and Naomi Boyce | Set and Costume Design by Tamar Ginati | Lighting Design by Christian Maith | Sound Design by Lenard Gimpel | Props Design and Assistant Costume Design by Matthew Peach | Assistant Direction by Ellen Gallagher | Assistant Set Design by Ken Chinea | Ancillary Program Coordination by Sharon Dodua Otoo | Theater Education Program by Sebastian Fleary | Regiehospitantin: Simona Klaniute | Translation: Ekpenyong Ani

Monday, 6 March 2017

Daima Exhibition in Wiesbaden - Opening Saturday March 11th

I am excited to announce that exhibition to accompany the publication "Daima. Images of Women of Colour in Berlin" by the late Nzitu Mawakha will be shown again in Wiesbaden during March 2017.

"Daima" is a collection of black and white images of Black women from or living in Germany. The exhibition was produced in November 2013, at the same time as the book publication of the same name. The photo-book "Daima" is the third publication of the Witnessed Series.

The opening of the exhibition is on Saturday March 11th from 1.30pm and it is being shown alongside the ISD exhibition "Homestory Deutschland" in the context of the Internationale Wochen gegen Rassismus 2017.

Venue: vhs Wiesbaden, Alcide-De-Gasperi-Straße 5, 65197 (Haus B, Erdgeschoss)

Eintritt frei!

Organisers: vhs Wiesbaden and Spiegelbild 

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.