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Arne Nielsen - Playwright

What is one of your favorite memories?   Driving through the south of Europe with time on my hand and without a cellphone in my pocket

Describe yourself in max three words.   Happy, sad, happy!

What is a sound you love?   The Sound of Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band performing I'm Gonna Booglarize You, Baby….and when I am drunk, and I mean very drunk, it´s always Chris de Burgh singing “Don't pay the ferryman” in a live version from Munich in 1984…never liked Mr. Burgh though, I guess these things just happen when you have had a bottle of Vodka and start to get sentimental while searching the internet for „new“ music………

Who was your hero when you were a child?   Danish writer Hans Scherfig and Leif Panduro. And not to forget Mr. C. V. Jörgensen the singer and very much songwriter.

You are an artist because….  I wouldn't make a good tax consultant (but I could use a good tax consultant though)

Danish-Norwegian born writer Arne Nielsen is author of the books "Donny has a new car and drives too fast" and "The Elephant Baker". Being based in Hamburg (and Verona), he writes in German, where his literature has received cult status. He was the lyricist and singer of the electro-hit band “der Büro” (company parties are welcome, but please no weddings) and he is a member of the artist group J.A.C.K. whose first joint project, a short film based on his story "Donny has a new car and drives too fast" premiered at the Hamburg Film Festival. From 2015 to 2020, Nielsen wrote poetry and short prose for a lady from Bayreuth. The lady doesn’t want to comment about this employment relationship, but as far as we know, Nielsen actually drove to her four times a year to read to her in her living room his latest work. “It was my first full-time job and she always cooked me a hot meal. She told me about Schopenhauer and the painters of the Renaissance, handed me chocolate filled with liqueur, but unfortunately insisted on me drinking "Liebfrauenmilch." (if you visit Germany-don`t try it!.) Once we took the train to Rome together and she showed me the Galleria Borghese. We then ate quail with one of her ex-husbands, who told us about the glory days of Italian culture. Creatively, those where the best years of my work.” quotes Nielsen

Vodka Talks marks his stage play debut. The German original premiered in 2021 and is currently being performed in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and South Tyrol. Arne is looking forward towards to the international premiere of the English-language version this autumn.


Vodka Talks (playwright)

Photo credits gallery: to be announced

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