New Nordics Festival 2020
London theatre news: Wednesday 4 March 2020
New writing - Off-West End - Shows
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.
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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.
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 (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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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