Why do panthers hate the smell of ants?

April 15th, 2014

A questionable welcome to Theatre Café Festival Oslo 25th-27th April 2015 from Artistic Director of OIT, Øystein U. Brager!


- Oystein

Make your flowers perform in a piece of digital theatre!

March 5th, 2014

Interested in making your garden perform? Read this message from our collaborator and friend Darren Lerigo!

“You Should Have Seen It Last Week…”

Hello, I am trying to create an exciting project for the Chelsea Fringe Festival and would like your help.

The project is called “You Should Have Seen It Last Week…” a phrase you will often hear a gardener say about their garden. It seems wherever you go in the world, the garden always had less weeds and more flowers back then…!

What is the Chelsea Fringe?

If the Chelsea flower show is the spectacular, stunning starlet of the horticultural world, the Chelsea fringe is the anarchic, homemade, anything goes fun lover that won’t be home until dawn.

Now in its 3rd year, it is a platform for artists and gardeners to express themselves, to join together for three weeks and encourage gardening in any form. If it is interesting, related to horticulture and legal, you are invited!

What can you do for the project?

I need people: – Who have a camera – Who have access to a plant or group of plants – whether a garden, allotment, forest edge or landscape. No gardening experience necessary! – Who can send me a picture of this plant or plants everyday for three weeks, from May 17th to June 8th 2014.

These will then be placed on the website, to create a gallery of what the plant or plants did actually look like last week! It is a flower filled version of this, basically…


What else?
I hope to get people from outside of Britain, so if you, or anyone you know may be interested, please share these project details with them. I think it would be great fun to see and compare a peony in Kent just coming into flower, while a cherry blossom from Kyoto begins to pale and fade… while someone in Northern Scandinavia photos the snow melting from the petals of a crocus.

Places are limited, so please let me know if you want to be involved by midnight, Sunday March 9th 2014.

You can contact me on darrenlerigo(a)gmail.com

Many thanks, hope very much to hear from you soon,

You are invited… to watch our 2011 show via YouTube

July 28th, 2013

The 2011 Imploding Fictions’ show You are invited… was created for the inaugural Anywhere Theatre Festival in Brisbane. It was performed online from five different Skype accounts around the world, in Norway, Germany, Spain, Texas and the UK.

For all those who missed it live, the entire show is now available via YouTube. You start the journey in Norway, then click your way through to the next part at the end of each video. Enjoy!

Read more about the show on our webpage.

- Oystein

Book a talk in Oslo!

July 12th, 2013


In conjunction with Theatre Café Festival Oslo we are offering seminars and talks with leading practitioners in theatre for young audiences from around Europe:

  • Stefan Fischer-Fels, artistic director of GRIPS Theater, Berlin
  • Adam Barnard, joint artisitic director of Company of Angels, London
  • Teresa Ariosto, joint artistic director of Company of Angels, London
  • Liesbeth Coltof, artistic director of Toneelmakerij, Amsterdam
  • Philip Thorne, joint artistic director of Imploding Fictions & Oslo International Theatre

Read more here: Speakers

To book a seminar, contact us via oslointernasjonaleteater (a) gmail.com

From top: Stefan Fischer-Fels, Liesbeth Coltof, Adam Barnard

- Oystein

European Writers Lab

June 25th, 2013

To all aspiring playwrights in Norway:

Utlysning: European Writers Lab
I forbindelse med Theatre Café Festival 2014 – 2015 utlyser vi en eksklusiv mentorordning for lovende dramatikere. Fire deltakere, en fra hvert samarbeidsland, vil få:

  • Utvikle et nytt helaftens stykke for et ungt publikum
  • Personlig oppfølging av to mentorer
  • Gratis reise og opphold til Theatre Café Festival i London, Berlin, Oslo og Amsterdam
  • Arbeidssamlinger på alle festivalene med eksklusive workshops og seminarer
  • Presentasjon av det ferdige stykket på Theatre Café Festival i Amsterdam

Les mer om European Writers Lab og søknadskriteriene her: Utlysning European Writers Lab PDF

Søknadsfrist: 30. august 2013
Send søknaden til oslointernasjonaleteater(a)gmail.com.
Les søknadskriteriene nøye. Ta gjerne kontakt om du lurer på noe.

- Oystein

The Predictions on YouTube

April 29th, 2013

Our live stream of The Predictions is available in its entirety on YouTube. Be aware that nothing happens for the first 12 minutes. Sammy gives an introduction speach at 12:45. Then there is another pause, before the show starts at 25:30.

For a whole year theatre maker and performance artist Sammy Metcalfe wrote one prediction every day about the worlds condition on the 13th April 2013. In this uniqe one-off Imploding Fictions performance he performed all of his predictions on stage at Cafeteatret in Oslo.

The show was streamed live via Google Hangouts / YouTube.

See www.implodingfictions.com for more information about the show.

Written and performed by: Sammy Metcalfe
Directors and Dramaturges: Philip Thorne and Oystein Brager
Concept: Imploding Fictions
Produced in collaboration with Nordic Black Theatre with support from FFUK

Letter 2 to Sammy via FutureMe

April 29th, 2013

The following is an e-mail from the past, composed 11 months and 30 days before The Predictions, on April 13, 2012. It is a letter from director Philip to writer/performer Sammy being delivered from the past through FutureMe.org, and it arrived in Sammy’s inbox shortly before he went on stage.

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Hi Sammy,
Greetings from the past!
It’s Friday 13th April 2012. I’m in my flat in Argenteuil. It’s a beautiful sunny day, the first in what’s been a grey and miserable month so far. I’m looking ahead, wondering about Saturday 13th April 2013 and wondering how we’ll all be feeling about this project we’ve gotten ourselves into by then, and the circumstances of your reading this email…
I’ve just logged onto the hotmail account I set up a couple of days ago, the inbox contains one message! The first prediction has arrived! This is ridiculously exciting… I will read it now…
Great. I’ve just read your first prediction, opened a blank neo office document, typed: THE PREDICTIONS and copied and pasted your first email into it. Strange to think that over the next 365 days this little procedure will become a routine… How many pages will this document end up running to? Fifty? A hundred? As a translator my first thought goes to the word-count which will be sickening!
On the occasion of just having received your first email, I’d like to skip forward 365 days and congratulate you on just having written your last prediction. Well done and thank you!
I imagine you are relieved the daily writing is over. Or has it by now become such a routine, such an integral part of your day, that you will be miss it? How has it been for you I wonder? Would you go back and do something like this again, as gamely as you started today? Or will you look back to this day on which I’m writing and wish you hadn’t set that 365 day process in motion? (Our past and future selves should get into a room and have a good chat about it all…)
The first prediction has raised my excitement. I’m intrigued, impatient and nervous how all this is going to come together. When you read this it’ll only be a matter of hours before we find out…
If you’ve gone through with it that is. If you’re actually in Oslo right now. Are you? I guess I have to consider the possibility that this all falls apart, that we give up. In that case this email will be an embarrassing reminder of a failed project. Awkward.
365 days. All day I’ve been tapping out the number on facebook, webpage and twitter. To me the number is a concept, I’ve got no sense of the actual time it entails… how long it feels, whether momentum can be kept going for such a timeframe… Also strange how this randomly chosen date, 13th April 2013, suddenly assumes such a significance and becomes synonymous in my thinking with ‘the future.’ I wonder as I type in 2012 and you read in 2013 what has changed in the meantime?
I’ll be married! At the moment I’m drowning in bureaucracy, trying to navigate my way through a tangle of discouraging British, German and French ‘legalese’ before I can get married. Please pass a message to my future self that he should be incredibly grateful that all that is over, and should spare a thought for me toiling away in the past. I hope my future self is benefiting from the work my present self is currently doing.
And I wish you a terrific performance today! In Germany we spit over each others shoulders three times and say ‘toi toi toi’ before a show. So in the film version of all this I spit now, here at my desk in Argenteuil, and in a seamless edit it reaches the floor 365 days later in Oslo, with you in the wings about to step on stage.
Toi Toi Toi.
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The picture is of Sammy, at this point of the show wearing his tiger suit as predicted, instrucing the audience to take pictures of him.
Photo: Ida Oppen

Letter 1 to Sammy via FutureMe

April 29th, 2013

The following is an e-mail from the past, composed 11 months and 30 days before The Predictions, on April 13, 2012. It is a letter from director Øystein to writer/performer Sammy being delivered from the past through FutureMe.org, and it arrived in Sammy’s inbox shortly before he went on stage.

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Dear Future Sammy,

I am writing this on Friday April 13th 2012. When you read this, you will have written 365 predictions. ONE EVERY DAY. You are probably sick and tired of this game by now. You are fed up with me and Pip’s desperate attempts at forcing the show in a specific direction. Sick to death of having to write something witty/poignant/interesting EVERY DAMN DAY.

But do not despair. Very soon it will be over. All you need to do now is get through a durational solo show ordeal where you are supposed to frenetically entertain the audience with a text you don’t know and predictions you by now are ashamed of. Have fun.

Or maybe this has been a thrillride the whole way through. Maybe the insistant/consistant writing of predictions has changed you. Opened your eyes to some of your inner secrets, secrets of what you fear and long for. What you dream of or have nightmares about. Or maybe it has been comforting. Like a little friend that appears every night when you go to bed to wish you sound sleep and let you let out the day’s worries. Or maybe it has just been fun. Like telling yourself a new joke every morning when you wake up.

Perhaps you can’t wait to get onstage, can’t wait to rediscover your predictions, can’t wait to meet the audience. Perhaps you are excited like a child like now. Or maybe like an adult.

What do I know. Now. Before.

Whatever it has been, and whatever is before you, and whatever you feel about either of those two in this moment -

Congratulations. If you are about to go onstage in Oslo in a few hours, it all came together. It all happened. It all went as… predicted?

And good luck. I am incredibly excited to experience The Predictions – Saturday April 13th 2013. A once in a lifetime opportunity. I am predicting butterflies in my stomach.

I predict a good show. Go get’em.


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The photo is of Sammy Metcalfe writing the last prediction, number 366, on stage, right at the beginning of the show.
Photo: Ida Oppen

So who’s this Sammy Metcalfe?

March 12th, 2013

Just a little bit exceptional
“Apparently this Sammy Metcalfe can predict the future?” you wonder.

Well, at least he is trying to do so for 365 days as part of the new, crazy Imploding Fictions concept The Predictions. A one off performance where Mr. Metcalfe will perform all of the predictions he has dedicated himself to writing every day for a year of his life.

An insane idea, for sure. And no, we don’t claim or pretend that Sammy can actually predict the future. In fact, we don’t believe that anyone can actually predict the future. And that’s exactly why predictions excite us: We are all equally crap at it. And yet we all want to try.

Every day we imagine what the future will hold. In order to put these everyday hopes and dreams into some sort of perspective, we came up with this concept. And for such a concept, we needed someone truly special. Both to make sure that the predictions predicted would be just a little bit exceptional, and to know that we had someone on board who would actually commit a year of their life into making a show which can only be performed once. A mammoth task. To create the tiniest of moments filled with what we hope will inspire something which might resemble insight.

I say the tiniest of moments. In fact, the show might go on for a very long time. We have absolutely no idea how long the show will be. Because Sammy is not allowed to read his predictions again before he goes on stage, we can’t rehearse it. All we know is that it will be durational. We do after all have 365 predictions to get through. Currently, our estimation is close to 4 hours. But we could be way off.

The only one
We only know one person who would take on board such a task. Only one man who would set aside time every day for 365 days to write a piece of text for a show he has no idea how will end up. Only one man who is enough of a performance art fascist to embrace these strict rules, brave enough to throw himself into the unknown. Only one man who would risk pissing off his girlfriend every day for a year with a continuous, unending task which always comes in the way of something else.

This man is Sammy Metcalfe.

And Sammy Metcalfe is a truly special creature.

The only extraterrestrial we know
The first time we worked with Sammy Metcalfe he floated around on a door with mind boggling body control creating a perfect illusion of defying gravity for a short film we were making.

The second time we worked with Sammy we asked him to drive a penny farthing into a lake. He suggested instead he’d drive the penny farthing into a tree, fall off in flamboyant slap stick manner and then run and throw himself into the lake. We accepted. Sammy jumped in the freezing lake twice. Falling off the bike was hilarious. Afterwards, in the car on the way home, Sammy sitting next to me, freezing cold and soaking wet, I thought: Why, mate, why do you put yourself through an ordeal like that? I didn’t ask though, because I already knew the answer. We were making a film. Everything for art.

The second time we worked together we also spent a night in Stansted airport together. Sleeping in an airport lounge is horrible at the best of times, and Stansted with it’s complete lack of comfortable benches and it’s solid concrete floor is one of the worst. We tried our best to find positions to lie in which weren’t too painful. Most of us fell asleep from tiredness, despite the cold and hard floor. But not Sammy, apparently. Because when I woke up in the middle of the night, what I saw was Sammy upside down in some insane yoga position. “If I just do this for half an hour, I get all the rest I need for 24 hours. It’s really comfortable”. Indeed.

Fags and cheese strings
My theory is that Sammy isn’t actually human. There’s just something which isn’t quite right. How he manages to survive on only fags and cheese strings. How his physique never changes, whatever he eats or how old he gets. How the laws of physics just don’t seem to affect him.

How he sees the world: With the keen interest of an outsider and the ability to draw comparisons where no one else would.

So as you can see, there could be no other predictor (is that a word?). His vantage point – from whatever planet it derives, his courage and his relentlessness made him the perfect subject for our task.

If you want to see the result, if you want a chance to peer into Sammy’s twisted and clear thinking mind, if you want to know exactly what the future is like on the 13th april 2013 – there’s only one thing to do.

Welcome to the show.

- Øystein

The Predictions
by Imploding Fictions

When: April 13th 2013 at 18.00 (GMT+1)
Where: Cafeteatret / Nordic Black Theatre, Hollendergata 8, Oslo, Norway
Tickets: Billettportalen or at the door

Written and performed by Sammy Metcalfe
Directors and dramaturges: Philip Thorne & Øystein U. Brager
Concept: Imploding Fictions
Produced in collaboration with Nordic Black Theater with support from FFUK

To watch the show online click on this link and choose The Predictions:

Read about Sammy’s company Sleepwalk Collective here.

Photo: Sammy Metcalfe and iara Solana, Sleepwalk Collective

The Predictions will be streamed live

March 12th, 2013

We predict – with great certainty – that our upcoming show The Predictions will be streamed live via our good old Improfilm YouTube account. Streaming a show live will be an exciting new departure for us – although we do think seeing Sammy perform his 365 predictions in the flesh will be even better than the digital version.

Whichever option you choose, here’s all the relevant information:

What: The Predictions by Imploding Fictions
When: April 13th 2013 at 18.00 (GMT+1)
Where: Cafeteatret / Nordic Black Theatre, Hollendergata 8, Oslo, Norway
Tickets: Billettportalen or at the door

To watch the show online click on this link and choose The Predictions:

About The Predictions:
In this uniqe one-off Imploding Fictions performance Sammy Metcalfe will predict the world’s condition on the 13th April 2013. Writing one prediction every day since the 13th April last year, the show consists of exactly 365 predictions.

Written and performed by Sammy Metcalfe
Directors and dramaturges: Philip Thorne & Øystein U. Brager
Concept: Imploding Fictions
Produced in collaboration with Nordic Black Theatre and with support from FFUK