Parlement of Foules blowing up a January storm

20. – 23. Januar 2016, 19:00 | Schnürschuh Theater, Buntentorsteinweg 145, 28201 Bremen

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Parlement of Foules blowing up a January storm

The Tempest

2016 is another celebratory Shakespeare year, with the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death in April. To mark this, Bremen’s own Parlement of Foules will be putting on The Tempest, one of his last plays, and certainly the last of the well-known ones.

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Doors open at 6.30; performances begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets (€12; €8 for pupils and students) can be booked direct from the theatre (0421 55 54 10).

Director Michael Claridge has conceived a ‘stripped down’ version of The Tempest, meaning that they have not only taken out about 30% of the text and simplified some of the language, but are also performing with only six actors, which will make for a fast-moving, powerful evening. Almost every actor will be playing two roles, which nicely underlines the aspect of duality in the play.

As usual, the Foules have put together a Schools Pack, which includes material specifically on the play, along with material that can be used in in-class discussions before and after attending a performance. The Schools Pack has been edited by the production’s Assistant Director Helena Gaubiz.

Teachers are very welcome to explore and exploit the material it contains. Any feedback would be most welcome.

For further information or feedback on the Schools Pack, contact Mike Claridge at claridge[at]

Brückenschläge 7 mit Inge Buck, Jutta Dornheim und Madjid Mohit

Brückenschläge 7 mit Inge Buck, Jutta Dornheim und Madjid Mohit
Mittwoch, 3. Februar 2016, 20 Uhr im
Bremer Presse Club, Schnoor 27
Mit der Literarischen Woche steht uns in Bremen ein fantastischer, hochkarätig besetzter Januar ins Haus, auf den wir uns alle freuen. Doch auch im Februar soll es ‚mit Glanz und Gloria’ weitergehen, nämlich mit der siebten Ausgabe der grenzüberschreitenden Lesungsreihe Brückenschläge.

Brückenschläge, die seit nunmehr fünf Jahren etablierte Bremer Lesereihe in zwei Sprachen, hat eine neue Heimat: stadtzentral im Bremer Presseclub, Schnoor 27. Der neue Veranstaltungsort hat eine wunderschöne Atmosphäre und eine optimale Verkehrsanbindung (Nähe zur Domsheide). Der Einstand in der neuen Umgebung kommt mit einer ganz besonderen Attraktion daher, nämlich mit einer Lesung in Deutsch und Persisch. Und: In der 7. Ausgabe werden wir das Vergnügen mit drei Lesenden haben: Inge Buck präsentiert Gedichte aus ihrem neulich erschienenen Gedichtband Unter dem Schnee, die ihr Verleger Madjid Mohit vom Sujet Verlag in seine Muttersprache übersetzt hat und vortragen wird. Jutta Dornheim liest Prosa und Lyrik in deutscher Sprache: Wir werden sowohl Bremen-Geschichten aus ihrem Buch Katzenmann, Roland, Faule Grete als auch brandneue, unveröffentlichte Texte – work in progress – zu hören bekommen. Live Musik von Madjid Mohit.
Moderation: Elke Marion Weiß und Ian Watson
Eintritt ist frei: „pay after view“ – der Hut geht um.
Mit freundlicher Unterstützung des Bremer Literaturkontors.

Culture Vultures Newsletter | AMS!-Impro and ImproLogen aus Dänemark

Culture Vultures Newsletter | AMS!-Impro and ImproLogen aus Dänemark

Good news from our friends at AMS!-Impro , who write …

We are proud to present our special guests from Denmark – ImproLogen ! ImproLogen is visiting us from Copenhagen for a workshop during the day and an awesome show in the evening. The show will be in English . So do not miss this unique opportunity to bring your international friends to the show.

Plus, there will be an improv jam session with our AMS!-Impro residents after the show!

Sunday, 8 March 2015 // Doors open at 19:30 // Show starts at 20:00 // Admission is 5€

Culture Vultures is a mailing list announcing arts events in English or bi-lingual English and German in Bremen and the North-West. We also support German-language events put on by friends of new leaf , The Parlement of Foules and anyone connected to the English-Speaking Cultures Department of Bremen University. If you have a reading, a play, a show or a film you think we could propagate for you, contact us at culture.vultures [at] or iwatson[at]

ImproLogen is an improv company that wants to bring the joy and art of LONGFORM IMPROV COMEDY to the people. The company has worked with some of the world’s best improvisers at the famous American improv theater iO Chicago. ImproLogen is an international ensemble with performers trained at iO Chicago and the well-known Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City. It is the finest selection of improv performers and teachers Denmark has to offer!

For more information visit:

Office hours in the lecture-free period winter 2015

Office hours in the lecture-free period winter 2015
February, 25th 2015; March, 4th 2015; March, 11th 2015; March, 18th 2015
1:00 p. m – 3:00 p. m. – GW2 A3590
Please register on Stud.IP for a time slot of your choice (“Profile” “Appointments”) or alternatively contact me in advance if you would like to arrange an additional appointment (Stud.IP –

Canada & Québec Conference in Bremen

Being YOUNG and Growing OLD in Canada and Quebec
Être JEUNE et vivre VIEUX au Canada et au Québec
on Friday, January 31 & Saturday, February 1
in City 46, Birkenstr. 1, 28195 Bremen

Interdisciplinary Conference held by the Bremen Institute of Canada and Québec Studies (BICQS)

BIKQS500The conference addresses an academic audience as well as citizens from Bremen and the region who are interested in Canada and Québec studies. The attempt is to shed light on youth and age as the two biographical poles – possibly with migration background – from the perspectives of the relevant academic disciplines. This includes questions of the PISA-winner’s early childhood and school education as well as immigration policy, day-to-day work in a multicultural society and the potentially age specific political and religious beliefs of its members. Further, demographic change, social systems and the societal evaluation of aging or youth (youth culture) will be of interest. The latter will especially come into focus where indigenous appreciation of age and the tradition of knowledge are evident.
Similar to our interdisciplinary conference on The Far North in 2010 (cf. we have won distinguished speakers from Canada and Québec plus Europe and of course from the BICQS itself who are experts in related disciplines such as educational science, sociology, political science, history, literary and media studies, labor law, health science etc. with a special focus on Canada and Québec studies.

The working languages of the conference are English and French. The publication of papers within the framework of conference proceedings is intended.

Flyer, Conference Poster and Abstracts

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Parlement of Foules – The Twelve Tales of Christmas

the_twelve_tales_of_christmas“Christmas is coming!” A cry that fills some people with joy, and others with dread… It is this ambivalent attitude towards one of the most significant public festivals in the English-speaking world that The Parlement of Foules – Bremen University’s English- and American-Studies drama group – has taken up in their latest production, a Christmas potpourri entitled The Twelve Tales of Christmas (any perceived references to a well-known carol are entirely intentional…).

For Christians, Christmas is a time of great celebration… unless, of course, YOU are the one burdened with preparing Christmas dinner for the enlarged family while also ensuring that the day goes as smoothly as clockwork for all concerned (except yourself, that is)… Shopkeepers see Christmas as the chance to boost sales and perhaps pay off remaining debts… but what about the poor victims of their salesmanship, receiving yet another unwanted gift (yes, what actually is this object I have unwrapped, what is it for???), struggling to look grateful when they would much rather be somewhere else?

Yes, Christmas has its up sides and its down sides, for (wo)man and beast alike. “Peace and goodwill” can suddenly be in very short supply… and yet, even the greatest anti-Christmas ranter will find a foot twitching at some (some…!) of the season’s musical offerings.

In the past, Christmas was less commercial, had more meaning, brought family and community alike together, and we have mined the (re-)sources from centuries past, taking elements from mediæval mystery plays (adapted to modern English!)  and carols down the ages, as well as examining more contemporary views, those of the furious, the curious, and the frankly confused…

In short, The Parlement of Foules presents a show reflecting and collecting some of the many different facets of Christmas from across the English-speaking world, in drama, poetry and music, comedy and barely-averted tragedy: an evening that invites you to sit back and get into the Advent spirit! Who knows, you may even find yourself joining in one of the songs…
Performance details:

Schnürschuh Theaterhaus (Buntentorsteinweg 145), Bremen.

20th, 21st, 25th & 26th November, 2013.

Performances start at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6.30 p.m.

Tickets (€12; €8 for students and pupils) can be reserved with the theatre under (0421) 55 54 10. Please note that reserved tickets are to be collected 30 minutes before performances begin.

Drinks can be obtained before and after the performance as well as during the interval in the foyer of the theatre.