Readings


next performances
19. 09. 2017 (Tue.):Guy de Maupassant: The Devil - German language
Buchhandlung Leuwer, Am Wall 171, D-28195 Bremen
beginning 07:00 p.m., reservations 0421/ 32 18 28
05. 10. 2017 (Thu.):Christiane Palm-Hoffmeister: Ende gut. Alles!? - a book reading with the author
Buchhandlung Storm, Langenstr. 11, D-28199 Bremen
beginning 07:30 p.m., reservations 0421/ 32 15 23
11. 11. 2017 (Sat.):Jack London: Nam-Bok, the Liar - German language
'Soiree at the Round Table' with Heide Marie Voigt in Bremen-Nord
beginning 06:00 p.m., information and reservations 0421/ 87 35 97
21. 11. 2017 (Tue.):Christiane Palm-Hoffmeister: Ende gut. Alles!? - a book reading with the author
Stadtbibliothek Twistringen, Brunnenstr. 5a, D-27239 Twistringen
beginning 07:30 p.m., reservations 04243/ 41 31 46
08. 12. 2017 (Fri.):Charles Dicken: A Christmas Carol - a musical reading in German language
Villa Sponte, Osterdeich 59b, D-28203 Bremen
beginning 07:30 p.m., reservations 0421/ 794 784 97
15. 12. 2017 (Fri.):Karl Heinrich Waggerl: Christmas Stories - German language

24. 01. 2018 (Wed.):Christiane Palm-Hoffmeister: Ende gut. Alles!? - a book reading with the author
Stadtbibliothek Syke, Hinrich-Hanno Platz 1, D-28857 Syke
beginning 07:30 p.m., reservations 04242/ 164 -235
06. 03. 2018 (Tue.):Christiane Palm-Hoffmeister: Ende gut. Alles!? - a book reading with the author
Wassermühle Barrien, An der Wassermühle 4b, D-28857 Syke-Barrien
beginning 08:00 p.m., reservations 04242/ 7170

Jack London: Nam-Bok, the Liar - German language
After many years, a man makes an un expected return to his Inuit village in the far North, at the mouth of the Yukon. There, he tells of his monstrous journey to a people in the South, who build giant canoes from iron and houses that touch the sky. Is he telling the truth? Or is he an imposter? Either way, his stories make the village uneasy and the council of elders has a difficult decision to make ...
Duration approx. 45 mins.



Christiane Palm-Hoffmeister: Ende gut. Alles!? - a book reading with the author
Jekyll or Hyde? Poet or perpetrator? Who is he really, this unknown father? This sender of loving letters that his daughter seeks out long after his death? The author's search uncovers 70 years of German post-war history, as well as the fate of her unmarried mother, in a way she could never have imagined. Together with the author, Martin Heckmann reads from her book und tells love stories and life stories of the sort that so many German families in the 20th century lived through, endured - and kept secret.
Duration approx. 60 mins.



Charles Dicken: A Christmas Carol - a musical reading in German language
Mr. Scrooge is what we would today call an 'independant investor', whose sole ambition in life is to increase his fortune. He divides his fellow human beings into people he can use and people who stand in his way. His life revolves around exchange rates, contracts and interes rates. Devoid of humour, he sees joy and sorrow as an abnormality of mind. As Christmas approaches, a festival that cynical Mr. Scrooge has always inwardly denied, he is visited by ghosts (or are they angels?) who awaken in him longing, joie de vivre and love. A heart-warming - you could almost say therapeutic story that - as you will hear - really has lost none of its relevance.
Duration approx. 3 hours, with two intervals, plenty of mulled wine and of course heaps of German 'Weihnachtsgebäck'.



Karl Heinrich Waggerl: Christmas Stories - German language
As part of this year's Advent programme at the 'Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Music Festival' 2017 (more info), as well as texts from Franz Schubert's 'Winter Journey', Martin Heckmann will also be reading Christmas stories by Karl Heinrich Waggerl. In their almost childlike simplicity the stories manage to touch in a truly magical way the big issues in life. Nothing in common with Schubert? You'd be surprised!
Duration approx. 70 mins.



Guy de Maupassant: The Devil - German language
Well, it would be nice if he could sit by her bedside for a while at least as the old dear breathes her last. But work is calling, that's how it goes. Hmmm, let's see what the neighbour would want for keeping vigil! On the other hand though she might keep it up for another few days - she's always been stubborn. So, perhaps agree on a lump sum? A tale - you might call it that - about the lightness of being.
Duration approx. 60 mins.



Robert Louis Stevenson: Thrawn Janet - German language
In the remote Scottish village of Balweary her name is spoken only in whispers: Thrawn Janet. It is all the new minister can do to keep her safe from the other villagers. They have a terrible suspicion about her and always give the dour old woman a wide berth - didn't both her neighbour's cows recently die overnight? And anyway, when did anyone last see her in chuch? Fear is spreading and it turns out that evil sometimes lurks where we least expect it.
Duration approx. 60 mins.



from Dirk Reinhardt: Train Kids - German language
Five of them set off, Miguel, Fernando, Emilio, Jaz and Ángel. The kids have a common goal - to make it over the border into the USA. If they stick together, they might have a chance. Ahead of them lies a perilous journey of more than two and a half thousand kilometres across Mexico, stowed away on freight trains. The trains have their own laws and the kids need to keeop their wits about them. Will they reach their destination in the north?
Duration approx. 45 mins.



Oscar Wilde: The Young King - German language
Outside the palace gates, feverish preparations are being made for the next day’s coronation ceremony, while inside, the prince marvels at himself in front of the mirror, delighting in his coronation regalia. During that night he is haunted by dreams that give the upcoming event an unexpected twist. A fairy tale about power and ego with a surprising outcome - all accompanied by Anneke Brose on the church organ.
Duration approx. 60 mins.



Rudyard Kipling: The Gardener - German language
Victoria morality prevails and the entire Empire is staggering under the strain of the Great War. Back in England, Helen Turrel, a respectable, unmarried lady, suddenly loses her raison d'être and is not able to admit ti to herself. A haunting, tender and subtly violent story about repression, grief and redemption.
Duration approx. 45 mins.



Bret Harte: How Santa Claus Came to Simpson's Bar - German language
A Christmas story from the Wild West. Simpson’s Bar lies way up in the hills beyond Sacramento. Nobody has ever found any gold here yet, although the earth has been ransacked in search of it. Life is harsh and the people taciturn. In winter, it usually never stops raining, with the village sinking down into the mud and the men incessantly falling into drunken stupors. And little Johnny has never heard the word ‘Christmas.’ “How Santa Claus Came to Simpson’s Bar” is a touching story by Bret Harte with a miraculous twist bringing joy to all.
Duration approx. 45 mins.



Jan Schröter: Nur mal kurz
An entertaining but rather wicked experience. Seven short crime thrillers by Jan Schröter, so short in fact, that they only just start to gather momentum when the final climax draws near and then lingers uncomfortably in the mind. Just what does lie beneath that long-term girlfriend’s sitting room floor, how does the warehouseman caught in the act takes revenge on his boss using a tube of superglue, and what about that last bungee jump ...? but no, it's never what you might expect. The ambitious musical programme is in the very capable hands of Nina Weibel (oboe), Dieter Weische (flute) and Johannes Sauer (piano) playing atmospherically intense works by Delanoff, Margola and Piazolla.
Duration approx. 90 mins.

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Flintenweiber und Untermenschen
A staged reading by Martin Heckmann and Cornelia Petmecky about the consequences of the Nazi racial doctrine for everyday life during the war years and what it meant for individuals to belong to a purportedly ‘inferior race.’ Letters written by Soviet prisoners of war in Germany and contemporary German military and police documents recall to memory an unbelievable chapter in Germany's past that continues to haunt German family histories - whether they like it or not.
Duration approx. 90 mins.

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Geschichten aus dem Bärengehege - a musical reading in German language
A totally loopy, exciting, yet oddly wistful mix of adventure, initiation rite, banter and absurdly tall tales from a faraway land that still has enough blank spots on its map for everyone to enjoy. Enough said about this barrage of nonsense of the highest order, seasoned with just a dash of Jurrassic Park, a hint of Edgar Allan Poe, a little pinch of Karl May and a surprising helping of Old Testament. A highly entertaining evening reading with rather beautiful and cohesive musical accompaniment from Barbara Andrae on the bayan - whatever that is. So, all that remains to do is come, listen and learn!
Duration approx. 120 mins.



E.T.A. Hoffmann: The Sandman - a musical reading in German language
In his dreams and in real life Nathanael finds himself followed by a gloomy, peculiarly malformed figure known as Coppelius. In Coppelius' presence things become dark, confused and hostile. And Nathanael seems to be the only one capable of sensing this sinister force. Or is he? The spread of darkness appears unstoppable. This is an extremely unsettling tale by the master of horror, accompanied on the piano by Johannes Sauer.
Duration approx. 90 mins.



Audiobooks


In addition to the audiobooks presented here, Martin Heckmann will soon be bringing out a new, 12-part audiobook series of selected literary classics in German language. Find out more at www.martin-heckmann-liest.de!

Oldenburg - vom ersten Grafen bis zum letzten Herzog
1 CD. Production: Marlene Boklage. Curiosities, anecdotes and stories from the last thousand years of Oldenburg’s history – letters, sermons, travel diaries and recollections. What was on the menu in an Oldenburg inn in the 14th century – and did it actually taste any good? How did  clergymen in the 16th century prefer to spend their spare time – and were they actually allowed to do it? And what were the people of Oldenburg doing while the Bastille was being stormed in Paris – and was that actually sensible?

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Bram Stoker: The Dualitists - German Language
1 of 3 CDs (Slipcase 'Teufelsbrut'). Production: Musicalegenda. 'The Dualitists' is one of the “three wicked stories” of the title and the writing is as devilish as it is intelligent: cute little twins Zerubbabel and Zacariah are lovingly cared for, neighbourhood boys Harry and Tommy seemingly not. The two of them regularly indulge in their favourite hobby: destroying whatever they get their hands on. Using their pocket knives, they set to work on tables, chairs, picture frames, wardrobes and even small animals – and their hunger for more seems insatiable ...

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Unser Thüringer Land
1 CD. Production: SDK-Media. An audiobook brimming with essential information on the beautiful German state of Thuringia. Did you realise, for example, that as early as the mid-17th century, the record length for a Thuringia “bratwurst” was some 555 yards? And how about this: did you know that the inhabitants of today’s Saxony are not actually Saxons at all, but, in fact, nothing other than Thuringians?

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Reise zum Vulkan - aus Carlos Fuentes: Terra Nostra
2 CDs. Production: Martin Heckmann. Towards the end of the fifteenth century, before Columbus sets sail on his first voyage to America, two Spanish adventurers cross the Atlantic bound for the west. The account of the arduous journey across the ocean, involuntary participation in the culture of an ancient Indian tribe and the labyrinthine pathways of its mythical world and then the start of a fantastic journey right into the heart of the Aztec empire lingers in the mind like a powerful dream.

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