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Live at Five – From Düsseldorf to Reading Fringe Digital

Today, host Andrew Taylor, member of the Reading Düsseldorf Association and conductor of Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra will be joined by:

Hedda Schattanik and Roman Szczesny (Germany)

Hedda Schattanik and Roman Szczesny studied in the class of Andreas Gursky, Marcel Odenbach, and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. In addition to international group shows and festivals, they have been featured in solo-exhibitions and screenings in Düsseldorf, including Kunstverein, Stoschek Collection, and Philara Collection.

Hedda is sharing her short film Apartment Monologue during the festival.

Fiona Leonard (Germany)

Fiona Leonard is an Australian author and playwright and is the Artistic Director of Düsseldorf-based, Blue Goat Theatre which she founded in 2018 to promote original works in English and to foster inclusive and representative theatre. She has been involved with theatre for 40 years working with companies in Australia, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Germany.

Kelly Burke (UK)

UK based, American actress and playwright, Kelly Burke is an experienced film and stage actor who has worked extensively in the US and UK, including performing her own pieces – Zelda (West End) and Love for Sale (Off Broadway) – to critical acclaim. Kelly was most recently seen at Shakespeare’s Globe in London performing her newest creation – Natalie Barney’s Last Salon.

Fiona and Kelly will be discussing Love, Sex and Zombies which is an international collaboration led by Fiona Leonard in Düsseldorf.

About the host

Andrew Taylor’s now-lapsed German language studies at school led to lasting friendships and many visits to Germany since. Naturally this includes our twin town, which he visited most recently to lead members of Reading’s Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) in a collaboration with Düsseldorf-based guitarist Arturo Castro Nogueras, following their previous performance together at the Reading Fringe Festival.

The Reading Düsseldorf Association is a voluntary association that promotes the friendship between Reading in the UK and Düsseldorf in Germany. This is the oldest link between a British and a German city, begun in 1947. It is now an official town twinning. The Association encourage new friendships between people and groups in our two cities.

This event was live on 19th July 2020.

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