New Nordics Festival 2020

London theatre news: Wednesday 4 March 2020

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The New Nordics Festival, showcasing the best new Nordic plays, will be at The Yard from 18 to 21 March, presented by Cut the Cord.
New Nordics Festival at the Yard Theatre

Image courtesy Cut the Chord

Produced by theatre company Cut The Cord, the New Nordics Festival will be held at The Yard from 18 to 21 March.

Working with a mixture of upcoming and high profile theatre writers in the Nordic region (including Lisa Langseth who currently writes and directs for Netflix; and Vivian Nielsen who has received a Reumert Prize for her work), the festival hopes to display the collaborative work between Nordic and UK based creatives - with the aim of showcasing the strengths of Nordic writing which is, at its heart, steeped in Nordic values; most notably gender equality, environmental awareness, social engagement and other socially and politically progressive ways of thinking.

Through a rigorous selection process, six playwrights from six different Nordic countries - Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands - have been selected to bring their work to the festival and have been paired with six UK based directors further supporting the intercountry relationship.

Show images for the New Nordics Festival at The Yard

Image courtesy New Nordics Festival

All the plays will receive a staged UK premiere with one performance each as part of the festival programme ...

Day 1 - 18 March - Refuge

Day 2 - 19 March - The Woman Who Turned Into A Tree + Searching For Being

Day 3 - 20 March - Garage

Day 4 - 21 March - No Planet B + Counting To Zero

Directors of plays in the New Nordics Festival

Directors (from left) Anna Himali Howard, Lucie Dawkins, Jack Nurse,

Roberta Zuric, Janisè Sadik, Eleanor Chadwick

Festival Director, Camilla Gürtler said ...

"It takes a lot to start a new festival, especially one that moves across borders and engages the work of artists of many nationalities, but we've had great support from Nordic embassies and other partners.

The festival was born out of a wish to bridge the gap between theatre cultures in different countries, between the UK and the Nordic region, showcasing the best each has to offer.

The festival is about skills-exchange and growing an international network and link between UK and Nordic artists with the hope that these relationships will continue to flourish in years to come, and we're so excited to welcome our Nordic writers to London this March."

The New Nordics Festival is supported by Nordic Culture Fund, The Nordics, Arts Council England, Danish Arts Foundation, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Embassy of Sweden, Embassy of Denmark, Embassy of Norway, Embassy of Finland, Embassy of Iceland, The Finnish Institute, Faroese Affairs, TINFO, Performance Arts Hub Norway, h Foundation and Nordic House Faroe Islands.

Listing information


Festival Director: Camilla Gürtler

Assistant Festival Coordinator: Charlotte Brown


Refuge - 18 March

by Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson

Translated by Philip Roughton

Director: Jack Nurse

Designer: Cara Evans

Country: Iceland

IKEA employee Laurence prepares to give a presentation to new recruits.

But behind the scenes, he is in the midst of a crisis following a brutal breakup and the death of his mother, and IKEA becomes his only safe haven.

Locking himself in the store overnight, his reflections turn to guilt, environmentalism, mortality, spiders, and the imaginary security guard that appears from nowhere.

Refuge is a one-man play about loneliness and Western angst, mass-produced furniture, and much much more.

The Woman Who Turned into a Tree - 19 March

by Lisa Langseth

Translated by Hans Tórgarð

Director: Anna Himali Howard

Designer: Cara Evans

Country: Sweden

In the absence of anything meaningful in her life, Daphne worships her own appearance and social status, defining herself through class, money and men.

But when Daphne is forced to move out of her box-sized city centre room, she has to relocate to a cheaper alternative in the not-so-cool outskirts of town.

Her new flat sports a fir tree by the window … that begins to talk to her.

The Woman Who Turned Into a Tree is a one-woman play about the destructive obsession with other people's opinions and materialism, loneliness and class.

Searching for Being - 19 March

by Katarina G. Nolsøe

Translated by Rochelle Wright

Director: Janisè Sadik

Country: Faroe Islands

Note: this is a staged reading.

A nightmare of a fairy-tale, Searching for Being embodies a woman's struggle with depression through a series of vivid poems.

We join her on a journey through the dark, examining a universal issue many of us face on a daily basis.

Exploring the musical and poetical tradition of the Faroe Islands, Searching for Being is a staged reading based on real events, featuring live music.

Garage - 20 March

by Mika Myllyaho

Translated by Eva Buchwald

Director: Lucie Dawkins

Designer: Niall McKeever

Country: Finland

An ex-headteacher and a garage owner start a YouTube channel to try and save the garage from bankruptcy.

Before Jack retires he wants one last attempt at saving his life's work, and Olly sees a chance to distract himself from his failed marriage.

The channel starts with the two men offering advice on how to fix tools, cars and parts, but it soon becomes riddled with controversial and unedited reflections on society and class which draw in a much bigger online audience than anticipated.

Garage is a dark comedy full of heart, exploring how two very different people can sustain a friendship.

No Planet B - 21 March

By Vivian Nielsen

Translated by Neil Howard

Director: Roberta Zuric

Designer: Niall McKeever

Country: Denmark

Two women lead a performance lecture on climate change to brazenly inform us about the current situation of our planet.

They embark on a frantic journey to solve the crisis once and for all. Listing the facts and statistics of what is happening to our planet - and expressing their concerns for their children, families and jobs - they try to find a solution here and now, with you, the audience.

But as the information becomes more and more overwhelming, and the solutions seem further and further away, the two women spiral into absurdity in search for a plan(net) B.

No Planet B is a dark comedy about the state of the climate crisis and where we as individuals fit into it all.

Counting to Zero - 21 March

By Kristofer Grønskag

Translated by Jonathan Sydenham

Director: Eleanor Chadwick

Country: Norway

Note: this is a staged reading.

Counting to Zero is a figurative bomb.

It begins with scene ten and counts down to zero.

A stalker. A train track. The untimely death of a cow. How are they linked?

A group of young people search for something that really means something, that demands a risk - something real and valuable.

They all want to be seen by someone. But by who, and why does it really matter?

Counting to Zero is a staged reading of exciting and funny mosaic events, examining the need to be seen in today's world.


The Yard

Unit 2A

Queen's Yard

London E9 5EN


18 to 21 March 2020


Some productions are combined with a staged reading.

Each combination is £16.50, with a single production being £12.

If you buy a ticket for more than one day, the venue gives 20% off every ticket.


The Yard - New Nordics Festival 2020

Cut The Cord website

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