by Kristofer Grønskag
THE NATIONAL STUDENT DRAMA FESTIVAL 2018
BUNKER THEATRE 2017
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 new 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 following its UK premiere at Drama Centre London.
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
"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
"#KinderK Provocative #theatre from @Cutthe_cord in @BunkerTheatre UK. Faultless actors w tangible chemistry. Fluid movement, beautiful set."
Alexandra Spencer-Jones, Director Action to the Word
"What an amazing and beautiful piece of theatre"
"I thought it was fantastic"
Chris Thorpe, Playwright
"The whole show is slick. The acting is divine. "
"Such clever, slick and inspiring theatre"
"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 MSC in Bioethics & Society, King's College London