Twelfth Night June 21st – 24th, starting at 7. p. m.

21st24th June, starting at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6.30 p.m.)
Schnürschuhtheater, Buntentorsteinweg 145, 28201 Bremen

The Parlement of Foules, Bremen University’s English drama troupe, is celebrating William Shakespeare’s 400th ‘departure’ year – ‘Parting is such sweet sorrow’ – with the production of a second of his plays, namely Twelfth Night (or What You Will…).

Tickets – still at the price of €12 (€8 for students and pupils) –
can be booked direct from the theatre: 0421-55 54 10 or online at karten@schnuerschuh-theater.de

Director Michael Claridge [claridge[at]uni-bremen.de] writes:

“Using a slightly simplified text, we have updated the setting to shortly after the First World War. Sebastian and Viola, sailing on the good ship ‘Titania’, have the misfortune to hit a mine … The rest, as they arrive independently of each other in Illyria, is anything but silence, as a potentially tragic situation explodes into a world of comedy, self-love, passion, misrule and music, all packaged in some of the most moving but also wittiest and most poetic language – ‘That, that is, is,’ philosophizes Feste the fool, only to remark shortly thereafter that ‘Nothing that is, is’ … We are in a world of make-believe and self-delusion, one where appearances are all too deceptive.

But how will the situation be resolved? Five minutes from the end, it seems as if a host of hearts are about to be broken … How can Shakespeare manage to save the situation and restore order, peace and tranquillity?

This promises to be one of the most exhilarating productions the Foules have staged in their 18 years, the acting underpinned by plenty of live music and dance, as we bring Shakespeare’s language and his story riotously alive, yet underline its timeless messages.

Our Schools Pack, containing information about the play, our take on it, the plot and characters, and background material on Shakespeare’s time(s), is now available! If you would like an electronic copy, please contact the Pack editor, Franziska Ptok (who will also be playing Olivia), on franzi.ptok[at]uni-bremen.de

After each performance ends, there will be the opportunity for anyone from the audience to meet some of the cast and production crew onstage and discuss their experiences, their approach to the play, what it’s like to perform Shakespeare… in English… and other such aspects.

We look forward very much to seeing you in the Schnürschuh – even if (or especially because) Germany is playing Northern Ireland on the first night … !?!”

P.S. from Irish Culture Vultures messenger Ian Watson: So I’ll be there on the Second, Third or Fourth Night (or: What? You, Will?

21st24th June, starting at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6.30 p.m.)
Schnürschuhtheater, Buntentorsteinweg 145, 28201 Bremen

The Parlement of Foules, Bremen University’s English drama troupe, is celebrating William Shakespeare’s 400th ‘departure’ year – ‘Parting is such sweet sorrow’ – with the production of a second of his plays, namely Twelfth Night (or What You Will…).

Tickets – still at the price of €12 (€8 for students and pupils) –
can be booked direct from the theatre: 0421-55 54 10 or online at karten@schnuerschuh-theater.de

Director Michael Claridge [claridge[at]uni-bremen.de] writes:

“Using a slightly simplified text, we have updated the setting to shortly after the First World War. Sebastian and Viola, sailing on the good ship ‘Titania’, have the misfortune to hit a mine … The rest, as they arrive independently of each other in Illyria, is anything but silence, as a potentially tragic situation explodes into a world of comedy, self-love, passion, misrule and music, all packaged in some of the most moving but also wittiest and most poetic language – ‘That, that is, is,’ philosophizes Feste the fool, only to remark shortly thereafter that ‘Nothing that is, is’ … We are in a world of make-believe and self-delusion, one where appearances are all too deceptive.

But how will the situation be resolved? Five minutes from the end, it seems as if a host of hearts are about to be broken … How can Shakespeare manage to save the situation and restore order, peace and tranquillity?

This promises to be one of the most exhilarating productions the Foules have staged in their 18 years, the acting underpinned by plenty of live music and dance, as we bring Shakespeare’s language and his story riotously alive, yet underline its timeless messages.

Our Schools Pack, containing information about the play, our take on it, the plot and characters, and background material on Shakespeare’s time(s), is now available! If you would like an electronic copy, please contact the Pack editor, Franziska Ptok (who will also be playing Olivia), on franzi.ptok[at]uni-bremen.de

After each performance ends, there will be the opportunity for anyone from the audience to meet some of the cast and production crew onstage and discuss their experiences, their approach to the play, what it’s like to perform Shakespeare… in English… and other such aspects.

We look forward very much to seeing you in the Schnürschuh – even if (or especially because) Germany is playing Northern Ireland on the first night … !?!”

P.S. from Irish Culture Vultures messenger Ian Watson: So I’ll be there on the Second, Third or Fourth Night (or: What? You, Will?

Office hours in the lecture-free period (Feb 06th, 2016 – April, 3rd 2016)

Office hours in the lecture-free period (Feb 06th, 2016 – April, 3rd 2016)
Feb, 17th 2016; March, 2nd 2016; March, 9th 2016; March, 21st 2016
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 – https://elearning.uni-bremen.de/)

Parlement of Foules blowing up a January storm

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

Performance: Culture Vultures Newsletter

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.

Parlement of Foules Logo

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]uni-bremen.de

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] gmx.de or iwatson[at]uni-bremen.de

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:
http://www.imprologen.dk/
http://www.cphimprofestival.com/


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 – https://elearning.uni-bremen.de/)