Events - Festival 2022

Catastrophe/Forms : WW1 in 9 Pictures

Sunday 11 March, 15:30 - 16:30
Byre Theatre, Abbey Street - Auditorium
This event took place in 2018

A poetry performance created and arranged by Johann Reißer, performed by the Byre Youth Theatre under the direction of Ashley Foster and Stephen Jones

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This event is free. It is, of course, limited to the capacity of the venue, and if you’d like to reserve a ticket to be sure of getting in, you can now do so by contacting our box office on  However, the tickets will only be available for collection on the day and they will not be issued until 40 minutes before the event starts. They cannot be received online or by post. Reservations will expire on any tickets not collected 15 minutes before the event starts. Or, of course, you can take your chances on just turning up on the day.

Catastrophe/Forms was originally created by Johann Reißer for the Berlin poesiefestival’s 2014 series of events to mark the centenary of WWI. The original project presented war poetry from 34 countries accompanied by a curated collage of images from those desperate years. From marking the war’s start marking to its end and from the Triple Alliance to the Triple Entente: the Byre Youth Theatre are bringing the project to Scotland for StAnza 2018, with a performance which interweaves recordings of young people from across Europe reading the war poems in their own languages.

The international poems you'll hear include Alfred Lichtenstein's Gebet vor der Schlacht in German, Zishe Landau's Far unser chorew idisch leben in Yiddish and Daan Boens' Doods-wensch in Dutch. Doods-wensch is read by Esmé van den Boom, the 2017 University Poet at the University of Groningen. Esmé has performed at several Dutch poetry festivals, as well as at the Frankfurter book fair. Birte Mücher reads the German. Birte works with the boat people projekt, an independent theatre company who work closely with refugees and asylum seekers. She also co-founded Göttingen's annual Poetree festival. Levi Israel Ufferfilge, who reads the Yiddish, studied Jewish and Yiddish studies in Düsseldorf. He is currently completing a PhD in Münster und Amsterdam in Jewish medical ethics and works as a teacher of Jewish religious education.

Supported by the Goethe-Institut and in association with the Byre Youth Theatre

(c) Johann Reisser

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Auditorium – Byre Theatre, Abbey Street

Location: At the top of Abbey Street off the east end of South Street. Also accessible from the Byre Close, off South Street.

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