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ENDLESS SECOND transfers to Pleasance Theatre as part of their Best of Edinburgh Season!

September 22, 2019

More BIG NEWS for Endless Second! We are moving to Pleasance Theatre (London) for their Best of Edinburgh season! 
Catch us in Downstairs 5/6/7 November at 8pm. 


If you missed us in Edinburgh and at Park Theatre, or if you just can't get enough of this show (like us) then tickets are just £10! 

Make sure you catch Theo Toksvig Stewart‘s critically acclaimed ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ play about consent in a relationship.

#EndlessSecond

ENDLESS SECOND transfers to Park Theatre!

September 02, 2019

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! 


'Endless Second' is going to Park Theatre London as part of their Pick of the Fringe! We are so excited to take this new play by Theo Toksvig Stewart back to London after a critically acclaimed run at Pleasance in Edinburgh! 

 

'Endless Second' will be playing in Park90 14th September 4:30pm & 8:30pm, so if you didn't get to catch us in Edinburgh, make sure you do next week! 

"As excellent as it is important." - ThreeWeeks

"The best, most thought-provoking show at this year's Fringe." - UK Theatre Web

"Capably performed and directed with a vivacious energy." - The List

5 stars for ENDLESS SECOND from the Wee Review!

August 28, 2019

Another great review for 'Endless Second' from our time at Edinburgh Fringe. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from the Wee Review!

"Instead of simply falling back on a firm political position, either dismissing rape allegations as hysteria or painting M as a rudimentary misogynistic stereotype, Toksvig-Stewart does the opposite, and by doing so enables his play to be a far deeper exploration of what is often treated as a simple ‘hot button’ topic."

Read the full review here.

Another 4 stars for ENDLESS SECOND from Broadway World!

August 26, 2019

Another ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for 'Endless Second' from Broadway World!

"The two performers work well and the direction is tight. He is the shy and playful devoted boyfriend and she is sweet but then filled with rage and resentment.

It's a tough subject and Cut the Cord Theatre deal with it in a sensitive manner making for an uncomfortable but important watch."

Read the full review here.

4 stars for ENDLESS SECOND from The List!

August 25, 2019

Another ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for 'Endless Second' from The List!

 

"Capably performed and directed with a vivacious energy, Endless Second is a bold production that demands self-analysis and provokes discomfort for the self-satisfied who mistake opinions for actions, or meaningful opposition to abuse of women."

Read the full review here.

5 stars for I RUN!

August 16, 2019

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for I RUN at Pleasance Courtyard!

"Acted on a treadmill this is a really punchy and challenging piece that is delivered sensitively and with genuine credibility." UK Theatre Web.

5 stars for ENDLESS SECOND from ThreeWeeks!

August 15, 2019

"The portrayal of rape and sexual assault onstage is always problematic, but the approach taken here is deftly sensitive and powerfully effective. Who speaks – who has the right to speak, the power to speak – is the central device, fundamental to the success of the play. In early scenes, such as the meet-cute and the playful blossoming of the relationship, the unnamed lovers describing and narrating one another’s actions reflects their romantic awkwardness and sexual tension. After the rape, however, things change. He speaks for her, taking ownership of her trauma but never acknowledging his own actions; her attention to the details of his body reflects her anxiety and uncertainty. Powerful, timely, and sensitive, ‘Endless Second’ is as excellent as it is important." - ThreeWeeks.

I RUN is 'Highly Recommended' by FringeReview!

August 14, 2019

"I was personally moved by this work, my face wet with tears and my throat tight. Seeing a man express an emotional trauma so eloquently and convincingly is a fine and important thing and I highly recommend this show." - FringeReview

4 stars for ENDLESS SECOND from Ed Fringe Review!

August 11, 2019

Another **** for ENDLESS SECOND!

"Everyone needs to see Endless Second – that, unlike anything that the performance examines, is simple."

"Anybody and everybody should be listening, and anybody and everybody should recognise what is going on. It is a great piece of theatre, and I’d recommend it in a heartbeat."

Theatre Bubble came to our Nordic Event at the Fringe!

August 10, 2019

Theatre Bubble came to our Nordic Reception at the fringe and wrote this article about the Nordic shows this year.

 

"The rain poured down that night but the extraordinary range of Nordic talent lifted the spirits. It was a friendly and well organised event and little bit glamorous as there was an appearance of The Greatest Divets, Drag artists in a swathe of wigs, eye lashes, glitter and vertiginous heels. (...) Nordic countries will, I am sure, shine a light on this 2019 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh."

Organisers: WILDTOPIADanse- og teatersentrum / Performing Arts Hub NorwayFrom Start To Finnish, New Nordics Festival (Cut the Cord) and The Royal Norwegian Consulate in Edinburgh.

Supported by: Danish Arts Foundation (Statens Kunstfond ), Embassy of Denmark in the UK, Embassy of Sweden in London, Embassy of Iceland in London , Norwegian Embassy in London

Total Theatre Magazine reviews I RUN!

August 09, 2019

"The piece examines the persistence of grief by reinforcing its timelessness. Past, present and future exist together eternally. Although he’s running, he stays in the room with us, never moving an inch; the more he takes us into the future, he’s sure to take us back to those final moments with his daughter, again and again. His emotional journey is huge, but it seems at times hopeless. As his near-continuous running is boxed in by the fluorescent lights to his sides, he appears forever moving between entrapment and freedom – making the piece, as a whole, hellishly durational and inspiring in its persistence."

Read the review here.

Another 5 stars for ENDLESS SECOND!

August 09, 2019

Another *****  for Endless Second from UK Theatre Web!

"The best, most thought-provoking show at this year's Fringe."

Read the full review here.

We co-hosted the Nordic Reception at the fringe!

August 08, 2019

Did you attend the Nordic Reception at the fringe? We had a great time hosting with Wildtopia and From Start to Finnish!

On the 6th of August we co-hosted a Nordic Reception for the arts industry, and Ms. Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary of Culture, Tourism and external affairs from the Scottish Government attended alongside the Danish Cultural Attaché, Lone Britt Christensen!

Thank you to Edinburgh Fringe Society and Assembly festival and particularly General Manager Sharon Burgess for kindly helping us to host the event in The Treehouse Bar in Assembly George Square Gardens.

 

There are more than 37 shows from the Nordic countries at Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year! See the list of all the Nordic shows here.

 

The Nordic collaboration was fostered by WILDTOPIA in 2018. This year the Nordic collaboration NORDIC PRESENCE is made by WILDTOPIA, Performing Arts Hub Norway, From Start to Finnish, New Nordics Festival (by Cut the Cord), The Royal Consulate of Norway and supported by Danish Arts Foundation, The Embassy of Denmark in the UK, The Embassy of Sweden in the UK, The Embassy of Iceland in the UK.

Photos by: Andrew Perry

More reviews for ENDLESS SECOND! 4 stars from British Theatre Guide and Broadway Baby!

August 06, 2019

Two more great reviews for ENDLESS SECOND!

"It smashes all stereotypes about rape and sexual violence."

**** Broadway Baby

**** British Theatre Guide

Theo Toksvig-Stewart shares what inspired Endless Second

August 03, 2019

Writer Theo Toksvig-Stewart shared what inspired him to write Endless Second in this article for Female First.

"Consent is too often toted as “women’s issue,” but I hope my play helps break that veneer and show that it’s a men’s issue too. Men are (majoritively) the perpetrators and, leaving behind the societal and systemic constructs that contribute to this crisis, we have to create a safe space for both women and men to talk about their experiences. Only through dialogue can we move forward and learn from our mistakes; the more we talk about it, the more we see it, the more our awareness of the nuanced and complex aspects of our common experience become easier to identify."

Read the full interview here.

5 stars for ENDLESS SECOND!

July 31, 2019

ENDLESS SECOND has received 5 stars from Bouquets and Brickbats!

 

*****

"An intense, emotionally demanding piece - and, my word, it's impressive."

The Endless Second team did a Q&A for Broadway World

July 29, 2019

"So many women (and men) have experienced a consent breach in one way or another, yet we still find it so hard to talk about, as soon as it involves people we love and trust. The play seeks to demystify the stereotype of a stranger in a dark alley waiting with intent and makes us rethink what consent is and how we respect the people we love."

Read the full interview with writer Theo Toksvig-Stewart, director Camilla Gürtler and actor Madeleine Gray here.

I RUN has been published by Oberon Books!

July 27, 2019

We are so excited to announce that I RUN has been published by Oberon Books! 

It's very rare Nordic plays get published so we are over the moon that Line Mørkeby's powerful play is now on sale in the UK!

You can grab your copy on their website, at Pleasance Below during Edinburgh Fringe or soon at a bookshop near you!

Interview with Camilla Gürtler and Max Keeble for the Wee Review

July 10, 2019

"He's running with this loss for the rest of his life".

Read the interview with director Camilla Gürtler and actor Max Keeble on the making of I Run and why this is a must-see at Edinburgh Fringe.

I RUN is featured on runABC Scotland

July 04, 2019

"Running is once again a theme of a play at the Edinburgh Festival. The nation's favourite way to stay fit is providing the inspiration for Danish playwright Line Mørkeby's work –  I RUN. The Cut the Cord production is a fast-paced and moving one-man play about how you survive the death of your child."

Read the rest of the article on runABC Scotland!

ENDLESS SECOND is going to Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019!

April 18, 2019

We are excited to present our 2nd show at Pleasance TheatreEdinburgh Festival Fringe this year: 

Endless Second by Theo Toksvig-Stewart. 


Endless Second is a play about consent within a relationship and how we talk about rape and explores how two people deal with a trauma that fundamentally alters the nature of their relationship. 

Endless Second is the debut play by Theo Toksvig-Stewart and received its first staging at Theatre503 back in January.

Fun Fact: Endless Second is inspired by a TED Talks with Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger: Our story of rape and reconciliation. Have a watch here.
 

Endless Second is playing at Pleasance Courtyard 3:20PM 31 July - 26 August. 

I RUN is going to Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019!

April 17, 2019

We can finally reveal we are taking not one but TWO shows to the fringe this year!

We are excited to present our 1st show at Pleasance TheatreEdinburgh Festival Fringe this year:

I Run by Line Mørkeby, translated by Kim Dambæk. 


I Run is a Danish play about a dad whose daughter dies of cancer, so he starts running to cope with the loss.

I Run played at the Vault Festival this year and received ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️from A Younger Theatre and Londontheatre1.com.

Fun Fact: Our actor runs throughout the entire show - which comes to about 9K per show! 😱💪

I Run is playing at Pleasance Courtyard 1:55PM 31 July - 26 August.

Another great review for I RUN from Play's The Thing UK

March 16, 2019

Another great review for I RUN at the Vault Festival from The Play’s The Thing! 

And another FOUR STARS from London Theatre1!

March 15, 2019

And another great ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review for I RUN from Londontheatre1.com

"I found this to be an incredibly moving (sorry) and absorbing piece of theatre, an intense but also surprisingly invigorating experience."

4 STARS for I RUN from A Younger Theatre!

March 15, 2019

The reviews are in for I RUN at the Vault Festival

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from A Younger Theatre

"Sucks you into the life-shattering void that is loss"

I RUN Q&A and reception with the Danish-UK Association

February 05, 2019

Cut the Cord is co-hosting a post-show Q&A and reception with the Danish-UK Association on Saturday the 16th of March after the 16:50 matinee:

The Danish-UK Association invites you to a special night at the theatre.  See the show and then post performance, over a glass of wine meet actor Max Keeble and Artistic Director Camila Gürtler for the full story and a chance to ask questions.

About the Danish-UK Association

We are a ‘forening’ a Danish word that best translates as Association or Fellowship – meaning the more you put in the more you get out. Whether that’s attendance at our varied business, social, sporting or cultural events, furthering connections within the network or simply using our website to interact over the latest news, offers and updates, we’re about what works for you.

For tickets and more information see below.

I RUN is featured on Central Saint Martins website!

March 04, 2019

Read the interview with director Camilla Gürtler, actor Max Keeble and producer Ludwig Meslet about everything running, doing a play about grief and why Scandinavian theatre is the exciting thing right now.

“What’s more interesting than the place the play comes from is the way Danish playwrights talk about these issues. It’s direct, very rhythmic and poetic. It’s a frame that is quite unique – it shifts a different light onto the subject. A lot of international work is about doing things slightly differently so bringing this play to the UK is like seeing the subject in a new light, that sense of different cultures coming together.” - Camilla Gürtler

Read the full interview below.

I RUN rehearses in Puregym!

February 18, 2019

I RUN rehearsals are sponsored by Puregym and we've started rehearsing on the treadmills in Waterloo!

I RUN is sponsored by Children With Cancer!

February 17, 2019

Children with Cancer have generously sponsored I RUN at the Vault Festival 13-17 March. We are very honoured to be working with them on spreading awareness of childhood cancer and will encourage our audience members to support their work. 

Children With Cancer's mission is to improve survival rates and the quality of survival in young cancer patients and to find ways to prevent cancer in the future.

Read more below.

We are also kindly sponsored by the Danish Embassy

I RUN is featured in Runner's World UK!

February 13, 2019

Our performer Max Keeble and writer Line Mørkeby did an interview with Runner's World about all things running and making a play coping with grief on a treadmill. 

"Sorrow is something we think we have to get through as fast as possible. The play discusses the merits of this, and looks at running as one way of dealing with grief. I don’t know if [running] works for everybody, but it’s a way to remind yourself your heart is still beating and you’re alive" - Line Mørkeby

Click below and read the interview!

ENDLESS SECOND opened at Theatre503 to a standing applause!

January 16, 2019

ENDLESS SECOND by Theo Toksvig-Stewart had its very first performance at Theatre503 and got a fantastic reception from the audience!

Here are some of the audience reactions:

"Endless Second by Theo Toksvig-Stewart was an exceptional debut play."

"Incredibly poignant"

 

"BRILLIANT! Marvellous! Intense! Engaging! Funny! Smart! I loved it."

 

"Beautifully and delicately written. Wonderfully acted. Excellent direction."

 

"Thoughtful, tightly written and excellent performances."

 

"It was SENSATIONAL!"

We are hoping to bring back this fantastic production, so keep an eye on this page!
 

Cut the Cord presents ENDLESS SECOND at Theatre503

January 04, 2019

We've got a New Year surprise for you!

 

On the 16-17th Jan we take over Theatre503 with the premiere of brand new play ENDLESS SECOND by Theo Toksvig Stewart!

 

"I’m a good person, I’m a nice person, I couldn’t do that.”

Endless Second is a play about consent within a relationship, and examines how perpetrators can take responsibility for their actions. It challenges how we perceive ourselves and explores how acceptance can lead to reconciliation.

 

Playing at Theatre503 16-17 Jan 19:30.

 

Book your tickets now and be the first to see it! 

I RUN is transferring to the Vault Festival 2019!

December 07, 2018

It's finally official: I RUN is going to the Vault Festival 2019! Catch us in the Cage 13-17th March in the final week of the festival. Ticket are on sale now so get yours booked!

There is a strictly limited 2-4-1 offer on the Stagedoor app, which you can download here:

https://stagedoorapp.com

A dad loses his 6-year old daughter to cancer, and his world falls apart. He doesn’t know how to process the life-shattering void following her premature death. He starts running to deal with his loss. Only, he can’t stop. He runs through the pain, the memories and the grief to try and find the point where he no longer runs, but soars – the point where he is close to her again. 

 

I RUN is a fast-paced, explosive and moving one-man play about running, grief and missing someone we love. About how you survive the death of your child. It explores how exercise can improve mental health, the rise of male depression, and why we find it so hard to talk about death.

 

This piercing piece of new writing by award winning Danish playwright Line Mørkeby is brought to the Vault Festival for the very first time, following its UK premiere at Drama Centre London in 2018.

Our Beyond the Blue teddies are off to Iraq!

November 27, 2018

As part of our production of Beyond the Blue at Camden People's Theatre we collected 60 teddies with special messages written by our audience members. Each personal message was for a refugee child, collected for The Teddy Trust, who send teddies out to children affected by war zones. Sometimes these teddies are the only gift a child has received.

The teddies were then packed by the Cut the Cord team and sent off to the Teddy Trust - who have now confirmed that they are off to Iraq in time for Christmas! 

We are so moved by all the wonderful messages and thoughts from our audience members. If you'd like to donate a teddy for Christmas, take a look at The Teddy Trust Website here:

http://teddytrust.org.uk

BEYOND THE BLUE opened at Camden People's Theatre!

November 06, 2018

Beyond the Blue opened on Monday to a full house! We received an incredible response after the play and have 3 venues interested in a tour in 2019!

We couldn't have done this without our supporters, so thank you! 

 

Here are some of the comments:

 

Refugee Rights Europe: "A member of our team was able to attend and told me what a wonderful, well-thought out play it was! I am delighted to hear that you used RRE work in the play, and we are so glad that you found our work useful."

 

Almeida Participation: "I really enjoyed the playfulness of it and I thought the way you incorporated the toys from the teddy trust worked nicely too."

 

National Youth Theatre: "Congrats, that was great, loved the concept."

 

Omnibus Theatre: "Congratulations on the show - it was incredibly affecting and brilliantly put together."

 

The Space: "Such a fascinating and worthwhile project. I thought the juxtaposition of children's theatre and refugees was interesting."

NEW BLOG POST: Seeing the world through a child's lens

October 30, 2018

by Camilla Gürtler

Seeing the world through the eyes of a child is seeing it as if for the first time, the saying goes. We make up the most fantastic stories when we are little. And in our honesty, we sometimes manage to voice things adults aren’t able to. So it’s always seemed strange to me that we’ve catagorised children’s and adults’ stories into two different compartments – sometimes they touch, but for some reason it seems easier to label them “children’s stories” – why not just stories? There seems to be a proposed limit to what children’s stories – and children – can talk about.

This is the question that led to the creation of Beyond the Blue. I’d been teaching the 5-7 year olds at Omnibus Youth Theatre for a while when we started creating their own plays. We focused on story-telling techniques, writing for the stage, creating characters and directing, and then created wonderful plays with mad characters and settings. But every time, with the freedom to create whichever story they wanted, they always wrote something political, a poignant note on the world today and what we as adults seem to debate endlessly. Different races waging war on each other, deforestation and protection of the rainforest – the children were eager to have their say about a world where they’re still seen as “passengers”.

In 2016 this led to the creation of Beyond the Blue. The first class back from Christmas, and we were looking to write a play on the themes of losing your home and crossing the sea to find a new one. I asked the children what this would be like, and one said: “It’s like the boy on the beach”. And then Beyond the Blue was born.

Children are sponges. What we see in the media, they see. When we create division, they feel it too. And it was very clear that these 5-7 year olds had been following the refugee crisis, only they didn’t understand why it was happening. When asked what it would feel like, they came up with a universal truth – It’s like toys, who are our favourite friends in childhood, being told they can’t play. It’s like the world losing all its colour. It’s that moment when you enter Sweetie-Land and can eat all the sweets you want, but only if you change who you are and become like the others.

Beyond the Blue is a moving parallel to what the children saw in the media, and to the questions they were asking themselves. Why are we being treated differently? Why can’t we all play together? What if our toys – and the children used their own ones as inspiration for the characters – had to go through all of this? How would they manage? Who would they meet? The unfairness of the Toy-Smuggler and restrictions the Evil Queen imposes – these are imaginative responses to that picture on the beach and many others like it.  That all-important question of how can we show empathy and start to understand what that would feel like, when our worlds seem so different. Beyond the Blue tries to find a way to express these questions in a way we can all relate to – our childhood friends and way of seeing the world. Maybe it is time to let children help us see the world as if for the first time again.

Beyond the Blue CAST ANNOUNCEMENT!

October 11, 2018

CAST ANNOUNCEMENT! We'd love to introduce you to the wonderful cast of Beyond the Blue at Camden People's Theatre!

 

Teddy: Wayne Wilson
Tiger: Fay Summerfield
Owl: Helena McColl
Monkey: Theo Toksvig Stewart

Directed by: Camilla Gürtler
Designed by: Niall McKeever

Written by the children at Omnibus Theatre

Wayne Wilson joins Cut the Cord to play Teddy.

Wayne is a recent graduate from Drama Centre London. Past credits include: The Soldier (The Soldier’s Tale), Oswald (King Arthur).
TV credits: Jesus Christ (The message of Fatima).

Fay Summerfield returns to play Tiger.

Fay trained at East 15. Since graduating, she's been involved in projects with Omnibus Theatre, new writing and short films. She's also toured with the National Youth Theatre of Wales and of Great Britain. 
On the side of acting, she also works as a photographer, working in fashion and events.

Check out her website www.faysummerfield.com

Helena McColl returns to play Owl. 

Helena trained at Drama Centre where she was in a number of productions such as Mary Barnes, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Hedda, 
Tartuffe, The Country Girl, The Cherry Orchard, and As You Like It playing Orlando. She has also previously worked at Camden People's Theatre, the Rag Factory and Theatre 503. 
TV credits: The Crown.

Theo Toksvig Stewart returns to play Monkey. 

Theo trained at Drama Centre London. He made his professional stage debut in the English Touring Theatre's production of Silver Lining and his television debut in Eastenders. Other work includes The Croydon Avengers (Maya Productions) and N89 (Matchstick Theatre).

Beyond the Blue goes to Camden People's Theatre!

October 06, 2018

Have you booked your tickets for 'Beyond the Blue' yet?

We're part of the No Direction Home festival at Camden People's Theatre - it's a one-off, so grab them while you can! 

ABOUT THE PLAY

Beyond the Blue questions what it would be like to lose your home and look for a new one, and what effects conflict can have on a child.

The play was written by 5-7 year olds exploring how we can put ourselves in other people's shoes and show empathy towards refugees new to the UK. The play was inspired by pictures from Syria, and the children created a storyline featuring four toys escaping their home at war, looking for a new place of belonging, mirroring the reality of what's been happening in the world the last couple of years.

 

NO DIRECTION HOME
What does it mean to be an exile – or a descendant of exiles? To whom do we owe refuge, and how do we best provide it? Who gets to feel at home in Britain in 2018 – and who doesn’t?

This autumn, CPT presents a new festival exploring displacement, migration and refuge. Ranging from the de-funding of women’s refuges to the ongoing migrant crisis and beyond, this three-week event features workshops, discussions and electrifying new theatre from the brightest and boldest of UK and international artists.

#CPTNoDirection
#BeyondTheBlue

Check out our event!

And get your tickets here!

I RUN sold out and finished with a bang!

May 20, 2018

Thank you so much to all who came to see I RUN last week at Drama Centre LondonCentral Saint Martins! We are overwhelmed by the positive response and can't thank you enough for being so supportive! Our run might have finished, but we are brewing plans for the future so keep an eye out for us! 
In the meantime if you have any thoughts on the play we'd love to hear from you :)

And if you were moved by the play and want to make a difference to those families who sadly go through this - check out Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group - CCLG on www.cclg.org.uk. There are many ways we can support them :)

A big thank you to our wonderful company, and to the Embassy of Denmark in the UKBritish Council Denmark, International Performance Rights and Nordiska for all their support. 

See you all in the future for more 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️

 

Photo by Fay Summerfield 

I RUN opened at Drama Centre London to a standing ovation!

May 14, 2018

We did it! First night of I RUN and a standing ovation! We are so immensely proud of Max Keeble and our team, and with Line Mørkeby herself in the audience we think we kicked off with a bang! Thank you so much to all who came, and we can’t wait for our next performances! 🏃🏃

 

I RUN runs 15-19th May at Drama Centre London, Central Saint Martins.