Shining a light on Nordic theatre and culture, Cut the Cord’s New Nordics Festival brings together five days of the best new plays from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands – both live and digital.
The Festival features the play Garage by Mika Myllyaho. Garage is a dark comedy full of heart, exploring how two very different people can sustain a friendship.
Nordic theatre is rarely produced in the UK and is unknown to most emerging artists so the Festival aims to present the Nordic countries as a place for innovative new theatre. The Festival also works with emerging UK-based theatre-makers to explore what Nordic theatre is and how it can enrich UK theatre.
Each day of the festival will see a play from a Nordic country as well as Q&As with the Nordic playwrights and artistic teams. The festival also includes two free online talks: “Nordic Drama: Why is it here to stay?” on 13 October and “Sustainability in Nordic Performance” on 15 October.
Cut the Cord and theatre company Foreign Affairs are also hosting an in-person workshop called “Working with Nordic Translation” on 16 October. The workshop explores how to stage a play in translation and the role of the translator in the creative process.
Mika Myllyaho (born 1966) is a Finnish playwright, director and actor who completed his M.A in directing at the Helsinki Theatre Academy in 1999. He has been the head director of the Finnish National Theatre since 2010, expanding the theatre’s activities and welcoming a variety of joint productions and touring performances to the venue.
Online panel discussion: Nordic Drama: Why is it here to stay?, 13 October, 11am-12:30pm BST, sign up here.
Online panel discussion: Sustainability in Nordic Performance, 15 October, 11am-12:30pm BST, sign up here.
In-person workshop: Working with Nordic Translation, 16 October, 10:30am-2:30pm BST, Jacksons Lane, 269a Archway Road, London N6 5AA, sign up here.