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  by Kristofer Grønskag

  translated by Neil Howard

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It’s 1939, and a German couple are desperate for help from the government. Unable to bear the shame of their situation they humbly request from the Führer his permission to eradicate the blight on their happiness: their disabled new-born, Gerhard. Gerhard would become the first of thousands murdered by the Nazi regime’s Action T4 ‘mercy killings’. 

In 2017, He and She are expecting their first child. But as the tests come back, they realise something’s wrong. They have the choice to end the pregnancy, but is a ‘sorting society’ really any different from T4?

Kinder K is a Norwegian play by Kristofer Grønskag questioning what makes a life “worthy of living”.


Brought to the UK stage by emerging theatre company Cut the Cord for its UK premiere in London 2017.

Kinder K played at the National Student Drama Festival 2018 and won the Judges' Commendation in Directing award. Kinder K also played at the Bunker Theatre in 2017, followed by a panel discussion on screening with writer Kristofer Grønskag, Jane Fisher (Antenatal Results and Choices) and Colette Lloyd (The Down's Syndrome Research Foundation). 


HE: Gabriel Akuwudike

SHE: Jessica Webber

Director: Camilla Gürtler

Writer: Kristofer Grønskag

Translation: Neil Howard

Designer: Jojo Fauchier

Composer: Benjamin Pearson

Stage manager: Lauren Moore

Photo: Fay Summerfield, Anne Pallasca, Giulia Delprato


Produced in agreement with: Teaterforlaget Songbird


Special Thanks to:

The Royal Norwegian Embassy, The British Council, The National Student Drama Festival, ARC, The Down's Syndrome Research Foundation

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"Camilla Gürtler's production slithered between the two narratives with elegance and animosity, the actors effortlessly sinister within the intricate, sterile white set"

The Sunday Times

"#show7 was KINDER K performed by @cutthe_cord a beautifully staged and deeply unconfortable juxtaposition of abortion and mercy killings. Excellent acting from Gabriel Akuwudike and Jessica Webber"

Alexandra Spencer-Jones, Director Action to the Word

"I thought it was fantastic"

Chris Thorpe, Playwright

"The whole show is slick. The acting is divine. "

Noises Off

"#KinderK Provocative #theatre from @Cutthe_cord in @BunkerTheatre UK. Faultless actors w tangible chemistry. Fluid movement, beautiful set."

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"What an amazing and beautiful piece of theatre"

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"Such clever, slick and inspiring theatre"

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"Thank you for having us @Cutthe_cord. Kinder K hugely important. Have people think about societal implications."

Colette Lloyd, The Down's Syndrome Research Foundation

"I would be glad if the play was shown further, and if my students could attend and have a nice discussion afterwards!"

Dr Silvia Camporesi, Programme Director

 King's College London

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