Cassie Werber

Writer & journalist

U.K. Offshore Wind Energy a Turnoff for Investors

Published in The Wall Street Journal, November 26 2013 LONDON—A major European utility said Tuesday it would scrap a wind farm that was due to become the largest offshore wind project ever built, a sign of the struggles of the industry to attract investment needed to overcome huge costs and technical challenges. The Atlantic Array, […]

Where have all the Olympic tourists gone? The answer might be, online

Published on The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch, July 28, 2012 One incentive to host the Olympics — and for Londoners to put up with the disruption it causes – was the tourist dollars it could pull in, especially to the hospitality industries. In terms of hotel bookings, this doesn’t seem to have been the case. […]

Technomorphosis

As media industries undergo disorienting changes, the lines between journalism and technology are becoming ever more blurred.         First published in German on ZDF’s Hyperland blog, 25th February 2012. Below is the original text, which appeared shorter in translation.   The basement of The Shooting Star, a pub near London’s Liverpool Street […]

Who says there’s no money in theatre?

This blog first appeared on the Guardian site, Wednesday 30 November 2011 12.58 GMT The prospect of artistic poverty means young theatremakers are aiming low and thinking small. But there are other options Shows on a shoestring … Gísli Örn Garðarsson (director of The Heart of Robin Hood, pictured) proves theatre needn’t be dependent on […]

Divided at Birth – Disparity in Dutch maternal healthcare

A new study has revealed that mothers from ethnic minorities have a more difficult – and dangerous – experience of maternal care in the Netherlands. At a particularly sensitive time for immigration policy in the Netherlands, CASSIE WERBER examines why this disparity exists  Deniz* moved to the Netherlands to marry her Turkish husband, and was […]

The other Greek crisis

Published in Ukrainian Week, 7th June 2011 Cassie Werber | London It is clear that Pagani, the detention centre on the Greek island of Lesvos, closed suddenly. Bunks still crowd the rooms of a building designed as a warehouse rather than a prison. Cheap clothes and broken gadgets lie abandoned, while the barbed wire of […]

A managable enemy

Printed in Ukrainian Week, 7th June 2011 | Cassie Werber | London “Does funding detention centres in the Sahara desert for the Libyan government constitute a violation of international human rights law?” asks Nando Sigona, Senior Researcher at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) in Oxford, UK. While a widely held perception exists […]

Othello revisited and Brecht embraced

Published in Total Theatre, Spring 2010 There are many branches to Odin’s activity, from pedagogy to poetry reading, and from individual performances to large-scale touring productions. The performances tonight – on the night I visit – make an interesting contrast. First is Orô de Otelo (Ceremony of Othello) created through a collaboration between Barba and […]

Prospero’s island

Published in Total Theatre Magazine, Winter 2009 Odin Theatre is a long walk from the station. It’s a really long walk. Holstebro train station is a draughty Viking palace, and the commercial centre reminiscent of many small towns in Denmark, pedestrianised streets lined with recognisable stores, and punctuated by curious – sometimes striking – public […]

Rewind and fast forward

Published in the Holland Times, March 2010 This April two Amsterdam film festivals celebrate the past and then drag it, kicking and screaming, into the present. 1915: the heyday of silent film. Which Hollywood actor is making housewives swoon and commanding $5,000-a-week? Unless you are an ardent fan, it might take a while to guess […]

  • Blog – Opendor

    As I lay in bed this morning, a man who had lost his dog called up and down the road outside. He passed, he called, he returned. At first I tried to block it out, annoyed. Then I tuned in. The dog’s name was Monster. “Monster!” called the man, anxiously, always on the same falling note. “Mooooon-Steeeer.” Then it occurred to me that maybe he had lost a monster. Read more