Premiere: EVER SEEN GREEN - Storytelling Theatre


EVER SEEN GREEN

Storytelling-Theatre on Climate Change

 

We recently celebrated the premiere of our new Storytelling Theatre play – on Saturday, 24 June 2017 at the Lietzen Environment & Theatre Festival, in Märkisches Oderland, Germany.  

The Story

A gas pipeline is to be built right through Brandenburg. A woman from the United States wants to warn the local population not to allow gas generated by fracking into their country. She occupies the pipeline manager’s garden and there she encounters his wife.  

Two very different women and world views collide. A storytelling dialogue ensues which tells not only of the womens’ experiences past and present, but of the fate of humankind – avoidable or unavoidable as it may be. They try to find common ground in music, but ultimately they are at the mercy of climate change. 

Duration: 1 hour
Genre: Storytelling-Theatre with live music
Director: Ingrid Müller-Farny
Script: Rachel Clarke

Cast

Lyndsey, Climate Change activist / Rachel Clarke
Grace, wife of the pipeline manager / Ingrid Müller-Farny
Activist / Georg Losch
Musician and Activist / Zam Johnson

For the first time: A Poetry Night at the Storytelling Arena


For the first time:

A Poetry Night at the Storytelling Arena

 

On 28 June, 2017, Werkstatt der Kulturen (Club)

As part of our Syrian Series, we held an event full of stories in the form of poems – for the first time.

Highlight of the evening were three poems which were performed in bilingual tandem.

In the English language Slam Poem „Choose Truth“, porto-rican Poet Sabrina Melendes (USA), describes her feelings as she watches her generation missing the final chance to save the climate. The poem was translated for the Storytelling Arena into Arabic.  It was the English-language premiere of the poem in Germany, and the World Premiere of the slam poem in Arabic.

In the Arabic language poem „The Vacuum“, young poet Ehab Sukkariya from Damascus frees himself with a sense of catharsis from the contradictory feelings which have arisen after setline to a life in exile in Germany, for example the feeling of relief having arrived ‘in freedom’ whilst still having the longing to keeping ‘fleeing’ or even to fly away and celebrate being alive.

In the English language poem „Athens in Crisis – a love story“, storyteller Rachel Clarke from Glasgow/Berlin, we experience how two Artivists (= Artist-Activists), who meet one another in the middle of crisis-ridden Greece, become caught up in the protests of a generation made desperate by unemployment – and against the backdrop of the city of Athens in uproar – fall in love. The poem was translated for the Storytelling Arena into Arabic and performed by Ehab Sukkariya in Arabic and Rachel Clarke in English. It was the first time the poem had ever been performed.

There were also two poems, which reached us directly from Syria, sent by Roony Nofal, who managed to escape Assad’s army and has since been living in the underground to protect himself from almost certain execution at the hands of the regime. In these poems, written after 6 years of war in Syria, nothing is sacred, war affects everything. In “…and I love you”, the love of the poet to his partner is all twisted up in his feelings for the war, and in “the Wish”, in view of all the suffering and destruction he has witnessed, the poet begins to doubt everything which he once believed in. His friend Mohamad Wanli performed the poems in Arabic – with English translation.

At the next Storytelling Arena, we return to our Storytelling programmes, with a new and current theme, in which we reflect and confront the current situation of Syria and Syrians in Germany in the form of autobiographical and epic stories, in Arabic-German and Arabic-English tandem.