On Friday, 1st June, 2018, Gareth Somers will perform his play 1616: The Secrets and Passions of William Shakespeare at the Audimax, University of Hildesheim.

Shakespeare is alive! This is at least the impression every audience member gets who sees Gareth Somers as Shakespeare on stage in his play 1616. Somers beautifully combines the materiality of Shakespeare’s world and his family situation with close readings of his works. By “re-stealing” heavily from Shakespeare’s works, Somers unpicks Shakespeare as a national icon and illustrates the Bard’s own plagiaristic way of working. At the same time he re-establishes him as a cultural leading figure and his works as fountains for artistic inspiration and playful adaptation.

Arthur Duncan ( described the performance as: “Unique and refreshing, for both aficionados and curious newcomers to the Bard, this short drama is a jewel, distinctly set on the world’s stage.”

For Saturday, 2nd June, 2018, we have made reservations at the Staatstheater Braunschweig for the performance of Guilherme Botelho’s Sideways Rain and the performance of Thomas Köck’s paradies fluten (verirrte sinfonie) in the evening. The train journey between Hildesheim and Braunschweig will be 4 Euros each way on a groupticket (5 people). The costs for ticket and transport are not included in the conference fee.

For more info about the performances please click here or here, respectively.