NEWS

We understand that we will never understand. However, we stand.

May 31, 2020

We stand in solidarity with the Black community, artists, colleagues and audiences. We can all do more to ensure justice and equality, now and in the future. We have so much to learn and there’s so much more we can do, but we are starting by finding ways of supporting important movements during this time. 
#BlackLivesMatter

CPH Stage

May 28, 2020

We’ve had a great few days attending CPH Stage on our laptops! Over the past few days we’ve been busy discussing the future of festivals and how we as artists and organisations can explore new ways of working going forward. We’ve learnt about the current themes in Danish Performing arts, as well as sharing practices and ideas with festivals and creatives from around the world. CPH Stage is always a place for connections, and an important platform for sharing good practice, especially when we can’t physically meet. We’ve met amazing people and have lots of ideas for the future. Thanks for having us!

A BIG THANK YOU | GoFundMe

May 30, 2020

A big and cheesy THANK YOU to all who have donated to our New Nordics GoFundMe page so far! We are so pleased to have had the support of so many of you and we are so grateful. We are raising a glass (of coffee.. we’re professionals of course) to all who have donated! THANK YOU! #NewNordics

SPACES FULL | Plays by Post

March 21, 2020

Due to a huge number of sign ups in our first week of launching Plays by Post, our programme is now full and we have decided to open our waiting list! Simply follow the same links in our bio! 


Thank you so much to all who have signed up, we will let you know from June 1st if your application is successful! Our waiting list is now LIVE on our website and we will let you know as soon as a place becomes available! 


Thank you once again for sharing our project far and wide! We can’t wait to start sending out our plays!

Plays by Post Sign ups Launched!

May 14, 2020

📮PLAYS BY POST | SIGN UP to our international play-club from the safety of your home today! We are so excited to finally launch our new project and bring you a new play in the post every fortnight over the course of 12 weeks. ✉️Participants will explore theatre-making from the countries involved through online workshops and Q&A’s with the writers and translators! Spaces are limited so get in quick to sign up to this FREE programme.

Cut the Cord announces new project!

May 13, 2020

We are super excited to introduce our new project, Connecting Beyond Borders! The programme seeks to connect artists from the UK with international artists from around the world. We have a few different strands to this project and can’t wait to share more info with you!

PLAYS BY POST- An international play-club from the safety of your home, participants will receive a new play in the post every fortnight over the course of 12 weeks, explore theatre-making from the countries involved through online workshops, sharing ideas with each other, and engaging in a panel discussion with the international writer and British director/translator on zoom webinars.
WORKSHOPS- A collection of workshops hosted by international companies in the UK sharing their practice.
THEATRE BEYOND BORDERS - A series of podcasts exploring international theatre and demystifying how to make international work in the UK.
#ConnectingBeyondBorders #InternationalTheatre #Connecting #PlaysbyPost #UKTheatre #Artists #MigrantArtists #InternationalArtists

Arts Council Funding for Cut the Cord!

May 05, 2020

We are so excited to finally let you know our brilliant news! We have been supported by Arts Council England - Thank You!! - and can therefore keep going the next few months and present our new project ‘Connecting Beyond Borders’! We are SO grateful for all your shares, likes and support through this and can’t wait to share more with you soon! Please keep an eye out for future posts as we’ll be looking for artists along the way! #ConnectingBeyondBorders

Festival Cancellation | COVID-19

March 16, 2020

A STATEMENT IN RELATION TO COVID-19

It is with a heavy heart that we have to say we will not be going ahead with New Nordics Festival this week. Following the latest Government announcement, we and The Yard have made a joint decision not to continue our plans and postpone the festival indefinitely. 

With the exponential escalation of this public health emergency our responsibility lies with our incredible team who have worked so hard on this project, insuring their health and safety comes first. We are heartbroken we will not be able to share this festival with you and celebrate the incredible work of the writers, directors, actors and creative teams from the Nordic countries and the UK. With the current conditions we are facing around the world, we will show solidarity with our UK and international friends, and although we will not be presenting any performances this week, we hope you will join us in celebrating international connections even if we can’t physically do it together. 

We are very much hoping to bring the festival back when the time is right and will be keeping you all updated on the development of this. 

We just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been part of this festival, for sharing all your ideas with us, for being so open and supportive of international work, and for sticking by us to the very end. Thank you to all of our supporters and partners for enabling us to make this work and encouraging more international collaborations. 

Our team has created a beautiful festival together and we look forward to the day we can share it with our audiences, in better times. It definitely won’t be the end of New Nordics.

Our thoughts go out to all of those who are affected in London, around the UK and across the world. Stay safe. 

Thank you,

Cut the Cord Theatre

1 week to go!

March 08, 2020

1 week until New Nordics Festival opens at The Yard Theatre ! We are showcasing the best new Nordic plays from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands and hope to see you there!

18-21 March, 6 plays in 4 days! 🇩🇰🇸🇪🇳🇴🇫🇮🇮🇸🇫🇴

First day of Rehearsal

March 01, 2020

This week we start our rehearsals at Theatre Deli for our New Nordics Festival! We are so excited to get started and show you all our hard work this month at The Yard Theatre. 

Cut the Cord are proud to present our casting for New Nordics Festival 2020!

March 10, 2020

Refuge

Introducing the wonderful Martin Donaghy who is playing Laurence. Laurence locks himself in IKEA overnight and contemplates everything from consumerism to guilt, relationships, and spiders.

 

Searching for Being

Introducing our wonderful performer Remi F and musician Shadè Joseph. The play is a rehearsed reading on dealing with depression, with live music and poetry.

 

The Woman Who Turned into a Tree

Introducing the brilliant Ellice Stevens who plays Daphne. Daphne is obsessed with clothes, class and the fir tree outside her flat, talking to her.

 

Garage

Introducing our brilliant duo Michael Jenn, who plays Jack, and Duncan Duff, who plays Olly. Jack and Olly start a YouTube channel to save Jack’s garage, but the videos soon turn to their history together and politics.

 

Counting to Zero

Introducing our brilliant actors Daisy Moore, Pernille Broch, Louie Keen and Harry Scott King. The play is a staged reading of exciting and funny mosaic events, examining the need to be seen in today’s world. 

 

No Planet B

Introducing the brilliant Rebecca Crankshaw and Lesley Ewen. The play is a dark comedy about the state of the climate crisis and where we as individuals fit into it all.

Announcing the Festival Programme!

January 16, 2020

Here is our New Nordics Festival programme! 

After months of reading plays from each of the 6 Nordic countries, and a long selection process for 6 UK directors, we can finally reveal our programme for the first ever New Nordics Festival 18-21 March at The Yard Theatre in London!

 

DAY 1: 'Refuge' by Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson - ICELAND 🇮🇸

 

DAY 2 (staged reading): 'Searching for Being' by Katarina G. Nolsøe - FAROE ISLANDS 🇫🇴

 

DAY 2: 'The Woman Who Turned Into A Tree' by Lisa Langseth - SWEDEN 🇸🇪

 

DAY 3: 'Garage' by Mika Myllyaho - FINLAND 🇫🇮

 

DAY 4 (staged reading): 'Counting to Zero' by Kristofer Blindheim Grønskag - NORWAY 🇳🇴

 

DAY 4: 'No Planet B' by Vivian Nielsen - DENMARK 🇩🇰

 

Day 4 will also feature workshops for the public on Nordic theatre and culture and working on plays in translation.

 

We hope you love this programme just as much as we do! 

 

Tickets are ON SALE NOW so hurry up and grab yours! 

All Nordic Ambassadors attended our Launch!

January 15, 2020

We are honoured all the Nordic Ambassadors attended our Launch party last night!

The Nordic Embassies in London have been an incredible support of New Nordics Festival and we are so excited they got to meet our directors!

Thank you to:
Danish Ambassador Lars Thuesen, Embassy of Denmark in the UK.
Swedish Ambassador Torbjörn Sohlström, Embassy of Sweden in London.
Norwegian Ambassador Wegger Chr. Strømmen, Royal Norwegian Embassy.
Finnish Ambassador Markku Keinänen, Embassy of Finland, London.
Icelandic Ambassador Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson, Embassy of Iceland in London.
The Faroes Head of Representation Áki Johansen, Representation of the Faroes in London.

Also a huge thank you to the wonderful Cultural Attachés who've supported us from the beginning of the project!

Photos by Fay Summerfield

#NewNordics

Launching New Nordics Festival at h Club London!

January 15, 2020

Last night we launched New Nordics Festival at h Club London


The night featured an opening speech from Danish Ambassador Lars Thuesen, the reveal of our festival programme by our Festival Director Camilla Steen Gürtler, writers and directors, as well as music from Swedish singer Emilia Martensson

Thank you so much to all who attended - Ambassadors, embassies, theatre-makers, press. 

And thank you to everyone who has made this project possible: 

Nordisk Culture Fund

The Nordics

Arts Council England

Danish Arts Foundation

Performing Arts Hub Norway

Embassy of Denmark in the UK

Embassy of Sweden in London

Royal Norwegian Embassy

Embassy of Finland in London

Embassy of Iceland in London

Representation of the Faroes in London

The Finnish Institute

The h Foundation

Theatre Info Finland

Norðurlandahúsið Í Føroyum.

Photos by Fay Summerfield.

#NewNordics

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."