NEWS

End of International Leadership Week Reflection

November 20, 2020

We have reached the end of our Nordic Talks on Sustainable Leadership in the Arts, exploring the ways in which the cultural sector can work towards a more sustainable future. We wanted to host these discussions during International Leadership Week as we need to reimagine the structures we work within and whose voices are represented in the arts, to rebuild better and ensure a fairer, more representative and climate-conscious future.

Through our talks we have spoken to panellists who are frontrunners in each of their fields, changing the way they lead and inspire others and how their organisations work towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals needed to ensure our future – both in the arts and across all other industries and aspects of our lives.

 

This week we have learnt that we don’t have all the answers, and that that’s ok. Because we need to look out into the world to find allies, to partner with each other, create solidarity and collaborate beyond our fields to be able to do this. A sustainable future means climate action, as well as diversity, inclusivity and more open and transparent leadership.  

We have learnt that we, as cultural leaders of both organisations and individual practices, need to step to the side and keep the door open for others whose voices aren’t represented. There is no one way to lead, but cultural leaders do have a responsibility to work actively towards sustainable goals and nurture the next generation of artists and leaders. We need to share our resources, invite people into our spaces, and use the power of storytelling and the arts to bring people together to dream up a new future. We need to fight for our planet and use the arts and our curiosity to inspire others to act. We are running out of time. We need to make our cultural industry a home to everyone and work towards changing the rigid structures holding us back from achieving these sustainable goals.

 

There is a lot to do, and on many scales, for both large organisations, smaller companies and individual artists. But every little day-to-day step makes a difference and will lead to bigger footprints. A field of footprints becomes a movement. Together we can make the shifts needed to secure our industry is brave to fix what is broken and come together for a new way of leading.

 

We need to start today, not tomorrow.

 

We hope you will join us in learning and explore these action points for a more sustainable future for the arts.

 

Camilla Gürtler

Artistic Director

Cut the Cord Theatre

Panel 3: Artist Development & The Future of Artistic Leadership

November 13, 2020

Our final tech runs are done for the week! We can’t wait to share these amazing panels with you. Don’t forget you can book free tickets on our website and swipe to see our last selection of panellists for our Artist Development & The Future of Artistic Leadership talk. It was important to us to include passionate cultural leaders and movements, who are all in the position to make key changes to the industry, and who have already had the experience of making these positive shifts.

 

 

Panel 3 - Thursday 19 November 11-12:30

 

 

Kate Atkinson, Clore Leadership – United Kingdom

 

Kate joined Clore Leadership in March 2020 from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she worked for 11 years in the Learning & Participation team. As Head of Community & Professional Development, Kate was responsible for leading the conservatoire’s music work with adult learners in the community, professional development for the workforce and support for students.

 

Clore Leadership is based at Somerset House in London and is the first initiative of its kind in the UK, aimed at developing and strengthening leadership potential across the cultural and creative sectors. Their Cultural Leadership Insights explore a range of the issues and priorities faced by cultural leaders, and their programmes and courses offer unique opportunities for cultural leaders to develop and share skills and experiences. 

 

 

Bo Anders Sundstedt, Unge Viken Teater – Norway

 

Bo Anders Sundstedt is the artistic director of Unge Viken Teater. Unge Viken Teater is dedicated to working with and for the age group 0-25 and defines themselves as a theatre for children and young people - and the grown ups in their lives.

New writing, new talents and new thinking about theatre and performing arts for a young audience is at the core of everything they do. 

They run the developing programme Ung Tekst [Young Texts], focusing on nurturing and developing new writing by young playwrights. Their programmes focus on supporting the next generation of artists and work as a support system for young playwrights at the beginning of their careers, all the way to their first productions.

 

Janne Saarakkala, Reality Research Center – Finland

 

Janne Saarakkala is a Finnish Director, Scriptwriter and Performer who has been working for institutional theatres, free groups, radio theatre and independent productions since 1997. He is one of the founding members of the Reality Research Center (2001-) where he started exploring live art, site specific performances, immersive theatre, journalism and international collaboration. Since 2018 Saarakkala has been working as the Artistic Director of the collective, exploring what leadership means in a collective context. His first book was published in May 2020. 

Panellist announced for our second panel: Diversity and Inclusivity!

November 11, 2020

We’ve been in online techs this week to ensure our panels run nice and smoothly for all! We’ve been running through our questions and preparing our running order for the talks. You can even get involved by asking the panellists questions through our live link. 

 

Panel 2 - Wednesday 18 November 11-12:30

 

Fin Kennedy, Tamasha – United Kingdom

 

Fin Kennedy is the artistic director of Tamasha theatre company. He is also an award-winning playwright whose plays have been produced in the UK and abroad, as well as an activist within the arts.

Tamasha is Britain’s foremost touring theatre company producing new plays inspired by the diversity of a globalised world. Their work places the voices of emerging and established artists from culturally diverse backgrounds centre-stage. They also have some really interesting resources and articles over on their website. http://www.tamasha.org.uk/about/resources/

 

Ulricha Johnson, ScenSverige / Proud Performing Arts – Sweden

 

Ulricha Johnson is the Managing Director/CEO of the national members’ organisation Swedish Performing Arts Coalition (SPAC). SPAC’s festival The Performing Arts Biennale is Sweden’s largest industry meeting, and Swedstage is an export festival to promote Swedish performing arts in the world. They are part of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), working with the European Council, the Action Committee for Artists Rights, as well as the workgroup initiated at the world congress 2017 – Proud Performing Arts LGBTQ+ Network and Workgroup. Johnson is openly gay and has been involved in bringing LGBTQ+ theatre to Stockholm Pride and other Swedish pride festivals for 12 years.  

 

Lars Werner Thomsen, Glad Teater – Denmark

 

Lars Werner Thomsen is a theatre director and the Artistic Director of Glad Teater. Together with Jesper Michelsen, he founded Glad Teater with the aim of creating a professional base for Danish Inclusive Performing Arts with actors with disabilities. As a director, Lars  has created and directed Glad Teater's performances, e.g. Your Eyes My Sight and VIVALDIS, and most recently, he has directed Pride Monologues during Copenhagen Pride 2020.

Glad Teater wish to broaden the knowledge of Danish Inclusive Arts by performing, co-producing and touring worldwide. Their performances range from the experimental performance universe to retelling classic stories in new ways and have a special strength in the physical and visual expression.

Our Panellists for Climate Action

November 09, 2020

With just over a week to go until our first panel, we are so excited to tell you more about our panellists and their companies, along with the amazing musicians and bands we’re featuring at the end of each panel! So without further ado, we introduce our panellists for our first panel on Climate Action!

Panel 1 - Tuesday 17 November 11-12:30

Kay Michael, Culture Declares Emergency – United Kingdom

Kay Michael is a theatre director and activist and the communications coordinator for Culture Declares Emergency. In 2019 she co-founded Culture Declares Emergency,

a growing international movement of individuals and organisations in the cultural sector declaring climate and ecological emergency. ‍Their mission is to ensure the cultural sector is a leading contributor in creating a regenerative future that sustains everyone, everywhere. Kay co-edited the award-winning book ‘Letters to the Earth, Writing to a Planet in Crisis’, published by

HarperCollins and introduced by Emma Thompson.

 

 

Gunn Hernes, Nordic House – Faroe Islands

Gunn Hernes is originally from Norway and is the director of the Nordic House on the Faroe Islands. She trained in Cultural Development and has been a guest speaker and training manager for workshops in the music and performing arts field in various topics.

The Nordic House on the Faroe Islands’ primary remit, as an open and vibrant cultural venue, is to showcase Nordic art and culture on the Faroe Islands and to raise awareness about Faroese art and culture across the Nordic region. The Nordic House is one of the most important instruments that the Nordic Council of Ministers has to further the political priorities of the Nordic cultural co-operation. The house is run as a Nordic institution of art and culture with a diverse programme of music, literature, theatre, film, visual arts, lectures, conferences and much more.

 

 

Christian Gade Bjerrum, Sustainable Performing Arts Now – Denmark

Christian Gade Bjerrum is the co-founder of Sustainable Performing Arts Now, Denmark's first organisation focusing on supporting the Danish performing art industry in working more sustainably. Their vision is to ensure the Danish performing arts industry becomes the leading sustainable arts sector in the world. Their mission is to establish Sustainable Performing Arts Now as an organisation that monitors and guides the sustainable transition in the performing arts industry. Christian is an actor, entrepreneur and nature activist and has run climate-campaigns in Nigeria, Russia, New York and Denmark, as well as running for parliament in 2019 for the green party "Alternativet".

 

Cut The Cord Spearhead The Conversation About Sustainable Leadership In The Arts

October 17, 2020

Cut the Cord will lead a trio of live-streamed panel discussions on Sustainable Leadership in the Arts, as part of International Leadership Week, in collaboration with the Nordic Ministry. Holding the arts to account on a global scale, the talks, featuring panellists such as Fin Kennedy (Artistic Director, Tamasha) and Bo Anders Sundstedt (Artistic Director, Unge Viken Teater), aim to highlight the importance of protecting the industry, and revitalising the status quo to encourage growth.

Commissioned by the Nordic Ministry for their ongoing podcast series, Nordic Talks, the conversations will enable artistic directors from theatres and cultural organisations in Nordic countries and the UK, to discuss sustainability and current affairs on a global scale. Audiences can submit their questions live to the panel during the event.

We are launching Nordic Talks – Sustainable Leadership in the Arts!

October 18, 2020

We have been working hard behind the scenes to bring you a trio of free live-streamed panel discussions on Sustainable Leadership in the Arts, as part of International Leadership Week 16-19 November, in collaboration with the Nordic Ministry. Holding the arts to account on a global scale, the talks, featuring panellists such as Finn Kennedy (Artistic Director, Tamasha) and Bo Anders Sundstedt (Artistic Director, Unge Viken Teater), aim to highlight the importance of protecting the industry, and revitalising the status quo to encourage growth.

Commissioned by the Nordic Ministry for their ongoing podcast series, Nordic Talks, the conversations will enable artistic directors from theatres and cultural organisations in Nordic countries and the UK, to discuss sustainability and current affairs on a global scale. Audiences can submit their questions live to the panel during the event.

Sustainable Leadership in the Arts will focus on three different areas: Climate Action, Diversity and Inclusivity, and the future of artistic leadership and development. Further panellists involved include Kate Atkinson (Clore Leadership), Christian Gade Bjerrum (Sustainable Performing Arts Now / Baeredygtig Scenekunst NU), Gunn Hernes (Nordic House Faroe Islands), Ulricha Johnson (ScenSverige / Proud Performing Arts), Kay Michael (Culture Declares Emergency), Janne Saarakkala (Reality Research Centre), and Lars Werner Thomsen (Glad Teater).

To find out more and book your tickets for the panels - head to: www.cutthecordtheatre.com/nordic-talks

OPEN CALL FOR EMERGING PLAYWRIGHTS IN THE NORDIC COUNTRIES

September 18, 2020

We are looking to translate the work of an emerging Nordic playwright from each of the participating Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands) for our new translation programme New Nordic Voices.
 


 

Garage Recording with Finnish National Theatre

June 10, 2020

Our wonderful team in ‘Garage’ from #NewNordics have been working hard during lockdown to record their play for the Finnish National Theatre! You can listen to it on their website and browse our BTS page over at Cut the Cord to imagine what would have been!
ACTORS Michael Jenn (Jack) and Duncan Duff (Olly)
TRANSLATED by Eva Buchwald
DIRECTED by Lucinda Dawkins

This recording was made in the actors’ homes, and therefore not under professional recording conditions. 

A Cut the Cord Retreat...

August 30, 2020

The Cut the Cord team are off on a retreat! A big thank you to Wild Rumpus for offering their space for us to use! After 16 weeks of Plays by Post and another 8 months before of New Nordics prep we think it’s time to have a glass of wine by the camp fire and talk over our company strategy for 2021! Fingers crossed for good weather!

International Collaborations Panel | Plays by Post

August 28, 2020

That’s a wrap! We had our FINAL panel for our #PlaysbyPost participants last night after a wonderful 12-week programme! Just look at all our beautiful books! Thank you to our amazing line up of our writers from the project as well as Sam Pritchard speaking on behalf of the Royal Court about the importance of International Collaborations along with Sissi Liechtenstein from International Performing Rights!

The Ridiculous Darkness Q&A Panel

August 27, 2020

We’ve just had our LAST Q&A Panel for our #PlaysbyPost book! Thank you to our wonderful panelists for their insights into The Ridiculous Darkness and to our participants for their questions. We can’t wait for our final ever panel tomorrow evening on International Collaborations with some special guests as well as some familiar faces 🤭

B Q&A Panel

August 13, 2020

‘Politics is more important than love’ We’ve just finished an amazing Q&A panel for B by Guillermo Calderón, translated by William Gregory! Thank you so much for coming on to answer our questions about the play and talk a little more about your work and theatre in Chile. #PlaysbyPost

The Rage of Narcissus Q&A Panel

August 01, 2020

We had such a fascinating Q&A Panel this Friday with the writer of The Rage of Narcissus, Sergio Blanco, and the Director and Translator, Daniel Goldman. We discussed the play and the strength of theatre and were lucky to get an insight into Sergio and Daniel’s collaboration. Thank you to all our participants that asked brilliant questions - we can't wait to share the next play with you! #PlaysbyPost

Amsterdam Q&A Panel (Halfway Through!)

July 15, 2020

A big thank you to our panelists for tonight’s #PlaysbyPost Q&A on Amsterdam: Maya Arad Yasur, Eran Edry, Matthew Xia from Actors Touring Company. It’s been so insightful learning about Israeli Theatre this fortnight and we’re now halfway through our programme!

Going Through Q&A Panel

July 02, 2020

Tonight our participants explored Going Through by Estelle Savasta, translated by Kirsten Hazel Smith, with the wonderful director Omar Elerian and associate director Louise Stern also in the panel. A special thanks to Oliver and Kate from Overseas Interpreting for joining us and making the discussion accessible to all. We loved learning about this beautiful play, sign language and French Theatre this week! 🇫🇷

I Run Q&A Panel

June 15, 2020

We’ve just hosted our first Q&A for #PlaysbyPost! The wonderful writer, Line Mørkeby, and translator, Kim Dambæk from I Run joined Camilla_Gürtler and all of our participants for an hour of questions about the play.

Our first play has been delivered!

June 10, 2020

We are so excited to see our participants reading our first play for Plays by Post. We’re starting with a personal favourite of ours...I Run by Line Mørkeby and translated by Kim Dambæk! #PlaysbyPost

The first episode of our podcast is now LIVE!

June 10, 2020

Remember that podcast we told you about as part of our Connecting Beyond Borders project? WELL IT’S FINALLY HERE. 

 

Our team have been working really hard to bring you interesting content about the things you want to know about. 

 

In our first episode we talk to Jari, a Finnish Director, about Nordic Theatre and Finnish culture. 

 

Available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts! Get streaming and let us know what you think and what else you’d like to hear from us! 

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