Ring Ring Ring
written by Daria Glenter, translated by Charlotte Barslund
It is dark, cold and lonely. Whom should we pray to - The shining lights, the kitschy gifts, the snowfall or the sellers?
It is Christmas, it is time for redemption, it is time for forgiveness, it is time to come together and share the warmth. Carry on the traditions. For the good of us all.
Or so we think.
Loneliness meets religious doubt, meets sexual frustrations, familial trouble, a capitalised holiday and a total absence of contact with one’s emotions. A disoriented longing for warmth, and a panicked flight when that warmth is found.
RING RING RING is a play that attempts to ask questions, to answer them and to find a foothold in a world in dissolution.
audio performed by Ellice Stevens, Elizabeth Hill
and Adam Karim
Daria Glenter – Playwright
Daria Glenter is a Norwegian-Russian playwright, currently employed as a playwright-in-residence at Teater Innlandet, Norway, through a national talent programme. She has studied comparative literature and theatre studies at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, as well as creative writing at Biskops Arnö Författaskola in Sweden. Glenter was the Norwegian representative at Interplay Europe 2016. RING RING RING is her first full-length play, debuting at the Norwegian Playwrighting Festival (Norsk Dramatikkfestival) in 2019, to great reviews; Norsk Shakspearetidsskrift called the play “the best text of the festival”. The fields that inspire Glenter are philosophy, religion, psychology and nature.
”Forming new connections with playwrights from other Nordic countries and English theatre professionals is precious. It is great validation; a glimmer of light and hope in these lockdown times. To feel that your words and story are interesting enough to be translated into another language … What a gift.”
Charlotte Barslund – Translator
Charlotte Barslund translates Scandinavian novels and plays.
Recent plays translated include WE GNAW THE KNUCKLES OF TIME by Jonas Corell Petersen, RECONSTRUCTIONS by Malmfrid Hovsveen Hallum and TO VALHALLA by Kristian Lykkeslet Strømskag. She has translated several novels by Vigdis Hjorth including LONG LIVE THE POSTH HORN!, WILL AND TESTAMENT and A HOUSE IN NORWAY (longlisted for the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award).
Her translation of the children’s book WILDWITCH by Lene Kaaberbøl won the IBBY UK 2018 Honour Book for Translation. She has worked with writers such as: Samuel Bjork, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum, Mads Peder Nordbo, Ane Riel, Jesper Stein, Thomas Enger, Jonas T. Bengtsson, Carsten Jensen, Lone Theils, Steffen Jacobsen and Sissel-Jo Gazan.
“Translating emerging voices helps open our ears, minds and hearts to the thoughts, feelings and passions of young writers from the Nordic countries.”
CAST & CREATIVES
Anna Ryder - Director
Anna is a freelance theatre director specialising in developing new writing. She has predominantly directed work in the North East region and has worked with companies including the RSC, Paines Plough, Northern Stage, Royal Exchange Manchester, New Writing North and Mortal Fools. Anna is an associate artist of Live Theatre, Newcastle.
Directing Credits: Spring REVEL (RSC); Locker Room Talk (Live Theatre); Teddy (Durham Book Festival); Stupid (Mortal Fools); Melva (Mortal Fools); Get Yourself Together (Supported by the Royal Exchange) Rendezvous (Live Theatre). Assisting and Associate Credits: The Whip (RSC); King John (RSC); Lands: Beating The Bounds (Live Theatre); Broken Biscuits (Paines Plough); Get Carter (Northern Stage. JMK Regional Bursary recipient); Wet House (Live Theatre); Tallest Tales From The Furthest Forest (Northern Stage)
Ellice Stevens - 1
Ellice is a theatre-maker, writer, performer and co-director of theatre company Breach. Her stage credits include playing Prospero in The Tempest (The Handlebards), Artemisia Gentileschi in It’s True, It’s True, It’s True (Breach), Mother in The Drill (Breach), Pam in Tank (Breach) and Girl/Mother in Some People Talk About Violence (Barrel Organ).
Her film credits include Artemisia in Artemisia on Trial: It’s True, It’s True, It’s True (Breach/The Space/Artemisia Films) and Ellice in The Mess (Homespun Yarns/Dorothy Allen-Pickard).
Adam Karim - 2 / Dad
Adam trained at Manchester School of Theatre.
Theatre work includes: Macbeth (Manchester Royal Exchange), The Madness of George III (Nottingham Playhouse), East is East (UK Tour), Untouchable (RADA Festival), Ready or Not (Arcola Theatre) and Disgraced (English Theatre Frankfurt).
Screen work includes: Years & Years(BBC & HBO), After Love (BFI), Three Girls (BBC) and Carol and Vinnie (BBC - Pilot).
Elizabeth Hill - 3 / Mum
Training: Northern Ballet School, Mountview
Theatre includes: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace), Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter), Filthy Business (Hampstead), The Suicide (National Theatre), Villette (Stephen Joseph, Frantic Assembly), Sleeping Beauty (Young Vic, Barbican and Broadway), A Christmas Carol (Stockholm), Cheryomushki, (Lyric, Hammersmith), The Last Women, Phil & Jill & Jill & Phil, They’re Playing Our Song (Coventry Belgrade, Worcester Swan) Second From Last In The Sackrace (Salisbury Playhouse), Masque of the Red Death (BAC, Late) Mamma Mia, Othello, Macbeth (International Tour) Great Expectations, As You Like It, (Peterborough) Dusty, Godspell, Honk (UK Tour)
Tv and Film includes: Line of Duty, The Trial of Christine Keeler, Eastenders, The Dumping Ground, Doctors (BBC), Breeders 2 (Sky), White House Farm (Raptor), Downton Abbey (Carnival), Coronation Street, Emmerdale ( ITV), Modern Life is Rubbish (Modern Life Pictures)