A discussion with playwrights, literary agents and producers on contemporary Nordic drama. The discussion explored playwrights' work in the Nordic countries, and the benefits of international collaborations and networking opportunities. We discussed how Nordic playwriting has changed since Ibsen and Strindberg, and how theatres in the UK can benefit from working with new Nordic texts.
Playwright Kristofer Grønskag, Norway.
Playwright Anna Bro, Denmark.
Literary Agent Sissi Liechtenstein, UK.
Chaired by Cut the Cord's director & producer Camilla Gürtler.
Kristofer Blindheim Grønskag (1984) is a Norwegian playwright. He has written a number of plays that have been produced in Norway and abroad. His work has led to several nominations and awards, including winning the prestigious Jugendtheaterpreis Baden-Württemberg, being longlisted for the Deutscher Kindertheaterpreis and Deutscher Jugendtheaterpreis, as well as two nominations for the Ibsen Prize. He sits on the artistic council for Brageteateret and Kloden Teater. He has also worked as a lecturer at universities and for the Norwegian Cultural Council. Grønskag has been a resident playwright at Dramatikkens Hus. His work has so far been translated into eleven languages.
He is currently employed as a playwright at Oslo Nye Teater.
Anna Bro (b. 1980) graduated from the Danish National School of playwriting in 2004, rapidly becoming one of the leading dramatists of her generation.
She won the 2014 Reumert for dramatist of the year.
Immediately upon graduation Anna Bro wrote Forstad/Suburb with Martin Lyngbo. The production, which won a Reumert award, was a tremendous success for the little Mungo Park company north of Copenhagen and made her name. Bro took part in the 2006-7 TurboTown project run by the Royal Danish Theatre and her work has been in demand ever since.
Her writing is imbued with compassionate social and human commitment, resulting in galleries of vivid characters and the lives they lead. In Sandholm (2006) she took as her starting point the Danish refugee camp that lent its name to the play. "I don’t suppose I’ll ever write about a man and woman in an empty room", she says, "because the tangible is what fascinates me. I like writing about specific locations or worlds." However, her specific worlds can also be virtual, as in The Dark Web.
Sissi Liechtenstein is co-founder and Managing Director of International Performing Rights in London. She previously worked at Peters Fraser and Dunlop where she focused on book dramatisation rights for film, TV and stage. Prior to that she was an Actors and Playwrights Agent at Eric Glass Ltd.
During her career as a literary agent, Sissi was inspired to open an agency focusing on foreign works as these she found to be underrepresented in the UK market. Through travelling to festivals all over the world she discovered some of the most exciting contemporary writers whom IPR now represents.
Educated in Switzerland and Germany she studied drama in Vienna and holds a BA History Degree from London, King's College.