NEW NORDICS FESTIVAL 2020 18 – 21 MarchA brand-new festival of new Nordic plays. Six directors from the UK have travelled abroad to explore what Nordic theatre and culture is – and now they present a play from each of the Nordic countries for the first time in the UK. Shows about climate change, fir trees, garages, loneliness, cows… and IKEA. The festival is full of funny, dark and explosive plays, each giving a glimpse of the countries they come from. For the first time, Cut the Cord Theatre present New Nordics Festival, showcasing the best new Nordic plays from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. We think it’s time to shine a light on contemporary Nordic theatre, with some of the best upcoming talent from the UK. Cut the Cord Theatre focus on exploring social change on stage and on international collaborations in the UK, particularly Nordic. We want to champion international voices and promote inter-cultural collaborations, while also challenging how theatre can create positive social change. Some productions are combined with a staged reading. Each combination is £16.50, with a single production being £12. If you buy a ticket for more than one day then we give you 20% off every ticket.
Festival Director: Camilla Gürtler Assistant Festival Coordinator: Charlotte Brown PR: Premier Graphic Design: Sofi Henson Photography: Fay Summerfield
New Nordics Festival is produced by Cut the Cord Theatre. Supported by Nordic Culture Fund, The Nordics, Arts Council England, Danish Arts Foundation, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Embassy of Sweden, Embassy of Denmark, Embassy of Norway, Embassy of Finland, Embassy of Iceland, The Finnish Institute, Faroese Affairs, TINFO, Performance Arts Hub Norway, h Foundation and Nordic House Faroe Islands.
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Cut the Cord is a London-based theatre company which focuses on exploring social change on stage and on international collaborations in the UK, particularly Nordic. We work with organisations and charities in relation to our productions and also have strong relationships with the Nordic embassies in London. We want to champion international voices and promote inter-cultural collaborations, while also challenging how theatre can create positive social change.
Previous productions include: ‘I Run’ (Pleasance/Vault Festival), ‘Endless Second’ (Park Theatre/Pleasance/Theatre503), ‘Beyond the Blue’ (Camden People’s Theatre/Theatre Royal Stratford East/Poplar Union), Kinder K (Bunker Theatre/The Venue).
The company’s work to date has created a strong through-line for new Nordic and social justice work in the UK, as well as creating a model for partnerships and outreach surrounding our productions. New Nordics Festival is a major development of this which includes UK and Nordic network expansion and artist development and support in the UK.
Camilla Gürtler is a Danish director in the UK who trained at Drama Centre London. She is Cut the Cord’s artistic director and producer, and the Festival Director of New Nordics Festival.
She is an Emerging Creative at h Club London and received a Jack Petchy Leadership award for her work with Omnibus Young Company.
She has worked as a translator and reader and recently translated and read for the Royal Court’s International Residency 2019.
Recent Directing credits include: I Run (Pleasance/Vault Festival), Endless Second (Park Theatre/Pleasance/Theatre503), Beyond the Blue (Camden People’s Theatre/Theatre Royal Stratford East/Poplar Union), Kinder K (Bunker Theatre/The Venue), Mydidae (Wimbledon College of Arts), The Nightingale and the Rose (Etcetera), An Incident at the Border (The Albany).
Her work merges international and British theatre-making and focuses on bringing new Nordic voices to the UK.
Charlotte is the Assistant Festival Coordinator for New Nordics Festival. She is also an experienced Stage Manager who has worked on a range of productions as an operator and lighting and sound technician.
Former credits include: Stage Manager for Shit-Faced Showtime ‘Alice Through the Cocktail Glass’ (Magnificent Bastard Productions Ltd, Underbelly, Edinburgh) and ‘The Wind of Heaven’ (Weighed In Productions). She is also Company Stage Manager for Cut the Cord Theatre and worked on ‘Endless Second’ and ‘I Run’ (The Pleasance, Edinburgh). Endless Second has gone on to Park Theatre, London and The Pleasance, London as part of their ‘Best of Fringe’ season.
Other credits include ‘Open’ (Weighed In Productions) and ‘I Run’ at The Vaults Festival, as well as working at The Space on numerous productions including ‘Laundry’, ‘South Afreakins’ and ‘The Conductor’ as Lighting Designer and Operator.