Newsletter Archive 2009 – 2012

Our newsletters chart the company’s activities since its formation in March 2007.

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Imploding Fictions’ newsletter

Oslo/Argenteuil, 13th April 2012

 

The Predictions, 13th April 2013
The date of this month’s newsletter stands in direct relation to our new project: a show that will be a year in the making and performed only once, in exactly 365 days on 13th April 2013.

We’re thrilled to be teaming up once again with our long standing collaborator Sammy Metcalfe (Cabaret Within, Man in the Elevator, Hamletmachine, You Are Invited) to bring you new theatrical implosions!

Starting today, Sammy is submitting himself to a rigourous routine of writing one prediction about the world on 13th April 2013 every day. The 365 predictions will form the basis of a durational show at Cafeteatret in Oslo in which past and present will collide and form a fascinating world of conjecture, mapping out our shifting hopes and fears about the future…

The predictions will cover a broad thematic landscape. There will be political, personal, factual and philosophical predictions as well as predictions about the show… Some will be realistic, some comical, some provocative, some outlandishly absurd. Amongst this tangle of thoughts, themes and theories we hope a picture will emerge of the year’s hopes, fears, desires and obsessions…

Sammy  will re-discover his predictions together with the audience during the course of the show. The show will also catch up with itself through time, starting with text written 365 days earlier and ending in the present. What prediction will the show end on?

Keep track of the project’s progress on our web-page where as of today a timer is ticking down the days!

 

Season of contemporary international drama at Det Norske Teatret

Next month sees the beginning of our collaboration with Scandinavia’s largest theatre Det Norske Teatret. We will be presenting five rehearsed readings by the most exciting of contemporary playwrights. The lineup includes:

Diamond Stars by Maya van den Heuvel-Arad (Israel/ Netherlands) 15th, 16th May

Fixer by Lydia Adetunji (Nigeria/ UK) 23rd, 24th, 25th May

Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris (USA) 31st May, 1st, 2nd June

Hamlet is Dead by Ewald Palmetshofer (Austria) 6th, 7th June

Five Days in March by Toshiki Okada (Japan) 14th, 15th, 16th June

 

More information on the Oslo International Theatre webpage and Facebook page as well as through Det Norske Teatret: www.detnorsketeatret.no

Imploding Fictions in Indonesia

Since 2009 when Philip met a member of Bandung’s Teater Pictorial at the Mülheim Theatre Translation Conference, we’ve been in dialogue with Indonesian theatremakers, researching Indonesian plays and trying to find an opportunity for exchange. An initial opportunity has arisen, with Oystein travelling to Teater Pictorial from 25th June to 10th July to research Indonesian theatre, forge connections with playwrights and directors and deliver a seminar about Imploding Fictions’ and OIT’s work with contemporary international drama. This will hopefully be the start of an exciting collaboration!

 

Successful run of White Rabbit Red Rabbit

White Rabbit Red Rabbit recently finished its highly successful run at five theatres across Oslo! The show received a lot of press and television coverage and most importantly strong audience reactions. Many audience members felt compelled to write to the play’s author Nassim Soleimanpour, who is held in Iran, and some of these emails have been published on this blog: http://whiterabbitredrabbit.blogspot.com

We thank Nassim for his wonderful play and being allowed to mount the Scandinavian premiere!

A happy Spring to everyone!

Philip Thorne and Oystein U. Brager

Artistic Directors of Imploding Fictions / Oslo International Theatre

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Imploding Fictions’ Newsletter

Oslo/Argenteuil, 27th February 2012

 

Dear friends and collaborators,

This week we start an exciting series of performances centered around Iran (quite fitting given last night’s Oscar win for the excellent Iranian ‘A Separation’)  From the 2nd to 10th of March we are producing Nassim Soleimanpour’s highly unusual play White Rabbit Red Rabbit at six theatres throughout Oslo! Meanwhile at Riksscenen, Amir Mirzai one of the leading figures of the Iranian Revolution, recalls his experiences in a show directed by Oystein Brager.

White Rabbit Red Rabbit

Forbidden to travel, the Iranian dramatist Nassim Soleimanpour has created a theatre piece to travel to the places he himself cannot. White Rabbit Red Rabbit is a secret play sealed inside an envelope, and the seal is only broken once the actor steps onto the stage…

Each night the play is performed by a different actor who has never read the play and has been told nothing about it. Each performance is therefore totally unique!

White Rabbit Read Rabbit will spread across Oslo theatre by theatre, playing at six different venues over the course of nine days.

We are collaborating with some wonderful performers who will bring White Rabbit Red Rabbit to life. Choose from the dates, theatres and performers below or come and see the show several times with different performers! All performances in English.

2. mars kl. 19:00: Cafeteatret / Nordic Black Theatre – Kate Pendry

5. mars kl. 19.00: Litteraturhuset – Mohammad Mirzazadeh

6. mars kl. 19.00: Black Box – Iram Haq

7. mars kl. 14.00 (matiné): Det Norske Teatret – Sarah Ramin Osmundsen

8. mars kl. 19.00: Torshovteatret – Mariann Hole

10. mars kl. 19.00: Det Andre Teatret – Mats Eldøen

For performances at Cafeteatret, Litteraturhuset and Torshovteatret book tickets under: http://www.billettportalen.no/teater/12824/white-rabbit-red-rabbit/

For the other performances book directly from the theatres (click on links!)

 

War Stories – Krigsfortellinger

Amir Mirzai was a central figure in the Iranian revolution and in the Iran-Iraq war. Today, he lives in exile in Norway, working as a professional storyteller. In this show Amir will revisit his memories from the war for the very first time.

Oystein says: “It will be an honest, shocking, horrific, but ultimately uplifting experience. Amir survived two wars, due to his fervent faith in the good of mankind. I hope this will be an inspiring experience for the audience, although we do get an insight into some of the most gruesome things humans have ever done to each other.”

The show previews at Riksscenen in Oslo on the 29th February: http://www.riksscenen.no/

With: Amir Mirzai and Torgrim Mellum Stene

Directed by Øystein U. Brager

Produced by Marie Ulsberg / Albatrass.

A longer version will probably be produced later this year.

 

Imploding Fictions Board

Imploding Fictions has appointed a new board!

The board consists of:

Birgitte Strid, artistic director of Nordland Teater

Espen Hjort, theatremaker

Kristine Rui Slettebaken, actress

Marie Ulsberg, Albatrass head of productions

Toril Solvang, playwright and dramaturg

We held a productive first board meeting beginning of the month, and look forward to shaping the futures of Imploding Fictions and Oslo International Theatre together.

We hope to see the Norwegians amongst you for White Rabbit Red Rabbit!

You have six dates and theatres to choose from, so no excuses ; )

As always more info on www.implodingfictions.com

 

Best wishes,

Philip Thorne and Øystein U. Brager

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Imploding Fictions’ Newsletter

Oslo & Paris, November 2011

OIT collaborates with Det Norske Teatret

Imploding Fictions’ biggest ongoing project, Oslo International Theatre, enters into a new phase next year when we enter into a collaboration with Det Norske Teatret, the second largest theatre in Oslo. We are thrilled to be collaborating with such a respected venue, and can’t wait for 2012 to begin! Here is our program for 2012 at Det Norske Teatret:

Diamond Stars by Maya van der Heuvel Arad (Israel/ Netherlands) 15th, 16th May

Fixer by Lydia Adetunji (Nigeria/ UK) 23rd, 24th, 25th May

Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris (USA) 31st May, 1st, 2nd June

Hamlet is Dead by Ewald Palmetshofer (Austria) 6th, 7th June

Five Days in March by Toshiki Okada (Japan) 14th, 15th, 16th June

 

OIT international workshop week drawing closer…

Between the 21st – 25th November we are hosting workshops with Simon Stephens and Ramin Gray and welcoming 30 theatremakers from seven countries and four continents to Oslo!

Workshop for directors and actors with Ramin Gray – 21st to 24th November

Workshop for playwrights with Simon Stephens – 23rd to 25th November

See www.oslointernasjonaleteater.com for more information.

 

A collaboration comes to an end

Since 2009 Imploding Fictions has collaborated with Teatersirkus running our project Oslo International Theatre. Now the time has come to part ways, and Imploding Fictions takes over the running of Oslo International Theatre alone. We want to thank Teatersirkus for a good and rewarding collaboration, and wish Teatersirkus and Michael H. Sciarrone all the best of luck with future projects.

 

Web

As always, you can read more about Imploding Fictions’ projects on the internet:

http://www.implodingfictions.com

http://oystein.ulsberg.no/blogg

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Imploding-Fictions/180675855321366 

or check out Oslo International Theatre (OIT) on:

http://oslointernasjonaleteater.com

 

Have a pleasurably implosive November!

Best wishes,

Oystein Ulsberg Brager and Philip Thorne

Imploding Fictions

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Imploding Fictions’ Newsletter

Oslo & Paris, September 2011

 

OIT wins Hedda Award

Oslo International Theatre has been awarded a Hedda award in the category Exceptional artistic effort. The Hedda award is the most prestigious theatre award in Norway. The award ceremony took place at Det Norske Teatret in Oslo last Sunday. We are happy, proud and excited and look forward to continuing our work with contemporary international plays! This is what the jury said:

 

“The richness and variety of performing arts in Norway has never been as good as today. But a newcomer has received very little attention. This is completely undeserved since not only does the project have good artistic qualities, it is also original and different. Precisely and selectively they focus on an area that is often forgotten by Norwegian theaters: contemporary drama. The project has presented a total of 12 plays by international playwrights. Not stagings like we are used to, but staged readings in which the director and actors have used simple effects to create memorable performances, and proved that the text is still an important requirement for making good theatre today. The award for exceptional artistic effort goes to Oslo International Theatre.”

 

OIT is a collaboration between Teatersirkus and Imploding Fictions: www.oslointernasjonaleteater.com

 

CALL FOR WRITERS AND MALE ACTORS FOR WORKSHOP IN OSLO!

In November Imploding Fictions and OIT are bringing two of Britain’s most respected theatre makers to Norway for a week of workshops:

 

Workshop for directors and actors with Ramin Gray – 21st to 24th November

Four teams of actors and a director will work on scenes from Motortown by Simon Stephens, with personal guidance from internationally acclaimed director Ramin Gray (Royal Court, ATC), culminating in a work sharing for an industry audience at the House of Drama in Oslo. Several prominent up and coming theatre directors from Norway, Britain and the Philipines (!) are attending, and the female parts are all filled. But there are still 3 – THREE – places left, reserved for male actors! Apply today! See www.oslointernasjonaleteater.com for more information. If you want to apply as an actor, you can do that through http://www.skuespillersenter.no.

 

Workshop for playwrights with Simon Stephens – 23rd to 25th November

Acclaimed playwright Simon Stephens (Motortown at Royal Court, Pornography at Schauspielhaus Hanover, Harper Regan at National Theatre London) comes to Oslo International Theatre to run a three-day practical writing workshop focusing on the potential of contemporary drama. We so far have participants from Norway, the United States, Germany and Britain – but there are still a few places left. See www.oslointernasjonaleteater.com for more information. If you are interested in applying as a playwright, please send an email to oslointernasjonaleteater@gmail.com including your CV and a short statement of why you would like to participate.

 

Both workshops will be held in English. The workshops are organised in collaboration with Dramatikkens hus and Norsk Skuespillersenter, and are supported by Norsk Kulturråd and FFUK.

 

 

Rehearsed reading of The Truth Will Out by Jordan Seavey

At Dramatikkens hus in Oslo, 13th October 7pm

OIT presents a rehearsed reading of The Truth Will Out (Sannheten Skal Frem) by New York writer Jordan Seavey at Dramatikkens hus in Oslo on 13th October. The play is a fantastic, large scale, touching and funny satire on American society, based on the tragic events of the E.O.Green School shooting in California in 2008 where a 14 year old boy was shot for coming out as gay to his classmates. An important subject, told with imaginative theatricality, a tight plot and incredible characters! Tickets can be purchased from www.billettservice.no.

 

Joint artistic director of Imploding Fictions moves to Paris

Our artistic director Philip Thorne moves to Paris, which means that Imploding Fictions from now on will be based partly in Oslo, partly in Hamburg and partly in Paris – but still with a strong link to the UK and London theatre community. Our addresses may be fleeting, but you can always find us via digital means. Wherever in the world we are, we are reachable online, for example via Facebook:

 

New Facebook page

Please “Like” our new Facebook page! You can find it here:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Imploding-Fictions/180675855321366

 

As always, you can read more about Imploding Fictions’ projects on our homepage and our blog:

http://www.implodingfictions.com

http://oystein.ulsberg.no/blogg

or check out Oslo International Theatre (OIT) on:

http://oslointernasjonaleteater.com

 

Have a splendid implosive autumn!

Best wishes,

 

Oystein Ulsberg Brager and Philip Thorne

Imploding Fictions

 

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Imploding Fictions’ Newsletter

Oslo & London, June 2011

This Is Your Government Speaking
“Treat your politicians like you’d treat your children. Don’t let them get away with murder.” The award-winning team of Imploding Fictions and Darren Lerigo bring you absurd jokes, contrived randomness and a message from the Gods in This Is Your Government Speaking, a new work – part theatre, part stand-up comedy – which asks what the difference is between truth and belief…

Directed by Philip Thorne & Oystein Ulsberg Brager
Music composed by Sarah Kershaw
Written and performed by Darren Lerigo

Performed at: Studio 101, Kingston College Kingston Hall Road, Kingston KT1 2AQ
Date and times: July 2nd 2011, at 5 pm and 8 pm

Tickets
Phone: 020 8547 5417
In Person: Tourist Information Centre, The Market House, Market Place, Kingston KT1 1JS
Online: http://pay.kingston.gov.uk/mykingston/Tickets/view.aspx?cat=Events&ctg=&pid=c498b261-c0d3-4c63-8894-cdc782500dce#Page_Content

Headcase by Esther Gerritsen with OIT
On the 14th june Oslo International Theatre will present Headcase (Norwegian title: Hodefotingen) by Esther Gerritsen (Netherlands). The play tells the story of disabled painter Lena who is scared that the truth about her condition will ruin her career. Funny and tender in turns, this play is a true gem.

Where: Dramatikkens hus, Oslo
When: Tuesday 14th June at 7pm
Tickets: www.billettservice.no or on the door
Follow OIT on: www.oslointernasjonaleteater.com

Workshops with Ramin Gray and Simon Stephens

– OPEN FOR INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS –

In November Imploding Fictions and OIT are bringing two of Britain’s most respected theatre makers to Norway for a week of workshops!

Workshop for directors and actors with Ramin Gray – 21st to 24th November
Four teams of actors and a director will work on scenes from Motortown by Simon Stephens, with personal guidance from internationally acclaimed director Ramin Gray (Royal Court, Salzburg Festspiele, Staatsoper Hamburg), culminating in a work sharing at the House of Drama (Dramatikkens hus) in Oslo.

Workshop for playwrights with Simon Stephens – 23rd to 25th November
Acclaimed playwright Simon Stephens (Motortown at Royal Court, Pornography at Schauspielhaus Hanover, Harper Regan at National Theatre London) comes to Oslo International Theatre to run a three-day practical writing workshop focusing on the potential of contemporary drama.

Both workshops will be in English, and are open to international participants. More information is available on www.oslointernasjonaleteater.com. If you are interested in applying as a director or a playwright, please send an email to oslointernasjonaleteater@gmail.com including your CV and a short statement of why you would like to participate. If you want to apply as an actor, you can do that through http://www.skuespillersenter.no, where applications will open on the 20th June.

The workshops are organised in collaboration with Dramatikkens hus and Norsk Skuespillersenter, and are supported by Norsk Kulturråd and FFUK.

New Facebook page
Facebook has decided to archive our Imploding Fictions group, so please follow our new page instead, by clicking ‘Like’. You can find our new Facebook page here:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Imploding-Fictions/180675855321366

Have a nice implosive summer!
As always, you can read more about Imploding Fictions’ projects on our homepage and our blog:

http://www.implodingfictions.com
http://oystein.ulsberg.no/blogg

or check out Oslo International Theatre (OIT) on:
http://oslointernasjonaleteater.com

Best wishes,

Oystein Ulsberg Brager and Philip Thorne
Imploding Fictions

 

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Imploding Fictions’ Newsletter

Oslo & the world wide web, April 2011

 

YOU ARE INVITED – a show performed via Skype
Coming soon… To your computer!

You Are Invited is our contribution to Brisbane’s Anywhere Theatre Festival, a festival that goes beyond the proscenium arch and celebrates theatre in unusual places… The site of our performance will be the WWW. You are invited to call five different Skype Accounts. There’s no telling yet what awaits you at the other end…

Skype Addresses will be published on our webpage www.implodingfictions.com on the first day of the festival.

Dates and times:
Local to Brisbane – European mainland time in bold:

Monday 9th May: 17.00 – 19.00
 (09.00 – 11.00)
Wednesday 11th May: 14.00 – 16.00
 (06.00 – 08.00)
Friday 13th May: 17.00 – 19.00 (09.00 – 11.00)

Workshops with Ramin Gray and Simon Stephens
– OPEN FOR INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS –
In November Imploding Fictions and OIT are bringing two of Britain’s most respected theatre makers to Norway for a week of workshops!

Workshop for directors and actors with Ramin Gray – 21st to 24th November
Four teams of actors and a director will work on scenes from Motortown by Simon Stephens, with personal guidance from internationally acclaimed director Ramin Gray (Royal Court, Salzburg Festspiele, Staatsoper Hamburg), culminating in a work sharing at the House of Drama (Dramatikkens hus) in Oslo.

Workshop for playwrights with Simon Stephens – 23rd to 25th November
Acclaimed playwright Simon Stephens (Motortown at Royal Court, Pornography at Schauspielhaus Hanover, Harper Regan at National Theatre London) comes to Oslo International Theatre to run a three-day practical writing workshop focusing on the potential of contemporary drama.

Both workshops will be in English, and are open to international participants. More information will soon be available on www.oslointernasjonaleteater.com, and we will open for applications shortly. If you are interested in applying for either of the workshops please send an email to oslointernasjonaleteater@gmail.com.

The workshops are organised in collaboration with Dramatikkens hus and Norsk Skuespillersenter, and are supported by Norsk Kulturråd and FFUK.

Medealand and Headcase in Oslo
Imploding Fictions Norwegian project Oslo International Theatre continues bringing contemporary international drama to the Oslo audience. So far this year we have presented Porcelain by Chay Yew (USA) and Nightblind by Darja Stocker (Switzerland).

Next up is Medealand by Sara Stridsberg (Sweden), a powerful retelling of Euripides’ drama set in our contemporary world. Sara Stridsberg’s plays focus women in extreme situations and she has a unique voice in contemporary drama. OITs rehearsed reading will take place at Dramatikkens hus on the 3rd May.

On the 14th june OIT will present Headcase (Norwegian title: Hodefotingen) by Esther Gerritsen (Netherlands). The play tells the story of disabled painter Lena who is scared that the truth about her condition will ruin her career. Funny and tender in turns, this play is a true gem.

Follow OIT on: www.oslointernasjonaleteater.com

Imploding Fictions recommends: Isberg and The Woods by Company of Angels
Our colleagues in Company of Angels are collaborating with Drama Centre London, performing two pieces of contemporary drama for young audiences:

The Woods by Jan Jesper Halle (Norway), translated by Nicholas W Morris; directed by Ben Kidd and Isberg by Pascal Brullemans (Canada), translated by Maureen LaBonte; directed by Brenda Murphy.

The performances take place at Drama Centre London (10 Back Hill, London EC1R 5LQ) on April 26th at 4pm and 27th at 1pm and 6pm. Tickets are FREE but should be reserved – please contact Vanessa Fagan, Producer at vanessa@companyofangels.co.uk or on 020 7928 2811.

For more information see: www.companyofangels.co.uk

New address in Norway
Our Norwegian address has changed. We can now be reached at:

Imploding Fictions, CO/Øystein U. Brager
Trondheimsveien 197A
0570 Oslo, NORWAY

Our british address remains the same.

Happy easter!

Imploding Fictions wishes everybody a happy Easter and a delightful sunny spring! See you soon; in the theatre or perhaps on Skype?

As always, you can read more about Imploding Fictions’ projects on our homepage and our blog:
http://www.implodingfictions.com
http://oystein.ulsberg.no/blogg

or check out Oslo International Theatre (OIT) on:
http://oslointernasjonaleteater.com

Best wishes,

Oystein Ulsberg Brager and Philip Thorne
Imploding Fictions

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Imploding Fictions’ Newsletter

Oslo & London, December 2010

Imploding Fictions has launched its new webpage!

We hereby declare our brand new webpage for open! Our webpage has recently undergone a big and very necessary touch up and reworking. The spanking new webpage with its cleaner and fresher look can be enjoyed at www.implodingfictions.com. Welcome!

Success with Monsters by Niklas Rådström at Oslo International Theatre

Imploding Fictions’ big project in Norway, Oslo International Theatre (OIT), presented its final show of the season on November 25th. The play was Monsters by Swedish playwright Niklas Rådström, and took the form of a collective event where the audience and the actors performed the play together. After the show there was mulled wine and cookies for everyone. The feedback from the audience was great, and we look forward to taking OIT to new heights in 2011.

Oslo International Theatre moves to Dramatikkens Hus

For the past year OIT has been housed at Vardeteatret, a charming theatre in the heart of Oslo and the second oldest building in the city. We always liked the idea that we were performing in a 16th century operating theatre… We’ve exploited every nook and cranny of the building using its theatre space in various constellations, its adjoining reception room for after show parties, and for our production of ‘Flap and Fear’ even transporting the audience into the building’s crumbling attic which made for an unforgettably atmospheric evening! Vardeteatret has been a wonderful home and its two artistic directors have been dedicated supporters of our work. Now it’s time to move on. The project is growing in scale and ambition. This also sees us move to the prestigious Dramatikkens Hus, which will be hosting Oslo International Theatre’s next four performances as from February of next year. We are delighted by Dramatikkens Hus’ invitation and look forward to welcoming audiences at this new location next year!

To read more about Dramatikkens Hus have a look at: www.dramatikkenshus.no

To read more about Vardeteatret have a look at: www.vardeteatret.org

A huge thanks to Company of Angels and the Theatre Café Festival

Imploding Fictions and Oslo International Theatre wish to thank Company of Angels and the various installments of Theatre Café Festival for their work. So far we have discovered three great plays at the festival, which we have presented with OIT and introduced to the Norwegian theatre scene. Most recently Monsters by Niklas Rådström (Sweden) which we discovered at Theatre Café Sweden in 2008. In 2011 we will be presenting rehearsed readings of both Darja Stocker’s Nightblind (Switzerland) and Esther Gerritsen’s Headcase (the Netherlands) which were both presented at Theatre Café 2008. We look forward to further Theatre Café Festivals where we can discover more great plays, and to continue our relationship with Company of Angels, a relationship which has been both fruitful and rewarding.

To read more about Company of Angels have a look at: www.companyofangels.co.uk

Theatre Cafe Volume Two published by Oberon Books

Fresh off the press… Theatre Cafe Volume Two features three of the most exciting plays to have come through Company of Angels over the past few years. It includes Nightblind in a translation by Philip Thorne. The book is available through Oberon Books (ISBN: 978-184943-022-7) and will shortly be appearing in the drama sections of all good bookstores.

Merry Yuletide!

Imploding Fictions wishes everyone a very, merry Christmas and a happy new year, and look forward to seeing you all again at our shows and events in 2011!

As always, you can read more about Imploding Fictions’ projects on our homepage and our blog:

http://www.implodingfictions.com

http://oystein.ulsberg.no/blogg

or check out Oslo International Theatre (OIT) on:

http://oslointernasjonaleteater.com

Best wishes,

Oystein Ulsberg Brager and Philip Thorne

Imploding Fictions

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Imploding Fictions’ Newsletter

Oslo and the world, November 2010

Success with Flap and fear in Oslo

On the 21st October Imploding Fictions presented Flap and fear by Darren Lerigo at Oslo International Theatre. The show has gone from winning the jury prize at the Newcomer Competition at Theater Drachengasse in Vienna, to being rewritten and presented in a longer, darker and even more powerful version to the OIT audience in Oslo.

The show was followed by a post-show talk with Darren Lerigo and the Norwegian playwright Toril Solvang. They talked about why they write for the theatre and their different writing processes. The discussion was chaired by Kristine Haugland, leader of the Norwegian Storyteller Association.

Monsters by Niklas Rådström at Oslo International Theatre

The 25th November we will be presenting Monsters (De Onde) by the Swedish playwright Niklas Rådström, a controversial play about the James Bulger-case. In a very special rehearsed reading where we invite the audience to read the play together with the actors, we aim to create a collective, communal event where we are working through this difficult subject matter together. The reading will take place at Vardeteatret in Rådhusgata 19 in Oslo.

Tickets for the event can be booked via oslointernasjonaleteater@gmail.com.

OIT in 2011

In Norway, Imploding Fictions runs the project Oslo International Theatre (OIT), bringing contemporary international drama to the Norwegian theatre scene which has not been performed in Norway previously.

Since the project was launched in 2009 OIT has produced rehearsed readings of eight different plays, introducing eight international playwrights to the Norwegian audience and theatre industry. Amongst the plays that have been translated into Norwegian for the first time with OIT are Attempts on Her Life by Martin Crimp and Black Beast by Anja Hilling.

After a very successful year, the project continues into 2011. Next year will see another eight plays and playwrights translated and performed for the first time in Norway, as well as an exciting program of post show talks and workshops with internationally acclaimed theatre practitioners throughout the year.

Anywhere Theatre Festival in Brisbane

We have just confirmed that Imploding Fictions will participate at the Anywhere Theatre Festival in Brisbane with an online show. We will be collaborating with a number of very exciting theatre makers and companies across the globe to make our very first digital show called YOU ARE INVITED. Watch this space!
To learn more about the festival have a look at:
http://www.anywherefest.com/

As always, you can read more about Imploding Fictions’ projects on our homepage and our blog:
http://www.implodingfictions.com
http://oystein.ulsberg.no/blogg

or check out Oslo International Theatre (OIT) on:
http://oslointernasjonaleteater.com

Best wishes,

Oystein Ulsberg Brager and Philip Thorne
Imploding Fictions

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Imploding Fictions’ Newsletter

Oslo and London, October 2010

Flap and Fear at Oslo International Theatre

In June we received a special commission to create a show for Theater Drachengasse in Vienna.
The result was Flap and Fear, perhaps the first play to feature two city pigeons as its protagonists! Flap and Fear received a four week run in Vienna and won a Newcomer Jury Award.

It’s been several months since our sun and strudel filled escapades in the Austrian capital. We find ourselves in the inhospitable month of October, and in order to escape the weather (and the spending review) our winged protagonists have decided to take flight once again. Unfortunately these geographically challenged pigeons find themselves emigrating not south but north, exchanging London’s drizzle for Oslo’s biting cold!

Flap and Fear will play for one night only as part of Oslo International Theatre’s programme of staged readings at the Vardeteatret on the 21st October at 19.00.

The play has been adapted and expanded for this occasion and has become a lot darker, stranger, sillier. Ascend into Vardeteatret’s loft for a tale of waltzes, kebabs, cats and pelicans!

After the show you are invited to join a discussion between the playwright Darren Lerigo and Norwegian dramatist Toril Solvang which will be chaired by Kristine Haugland. As all of Oslo International Theatre’s programme Flap and Fear will be presented as a staged reading. It will be performed by Lauren McCullum and Rowena Hutson.

Tickets can be booked via oslointernasjonaleteater@gmail.com.

As always, you can read more about Imploding Fictions’ projects on our homepage and our blog:
http://www.implodingfictions.com
http://oystein.ulsberg.no/blogg

or check out Oslo International Theatre (OIT) on:
http://oslointernasjonaleteater.wordpress.com

Best wishes,

Oystein Ulsberg Brager and Philip Thorne
Imploding Fictions

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Imploding Fictions’ Newsletter

London/Oslo/Vienna, May 2010

Flap and Fear at Theater Drachengasse in Vienna!

 

Another two weeks left to see ‘Flap and Fear’ at Theater Drachengasse in Vienna!

The show is being performed as part of Drachengasse’s Angstmacher season, a series of short works by young theatre makers dealing with the theme of Fearmongers. The show received four and a half stars in the Wiener Zeitung and ‘Flap and Fear’ was singled out as ‘the most engaging piece of the evening’!

Read the full review under: http://www.wienerzeitung.at/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabID=3905&Alias=wzo&cob=491042

or for an English translation visit our blog: http://oystein.ulsberg.no/blogg

Flap and Fear in Oslo

If you miss ‘Flap and Fear’ in Vienna, there will be another chance to see an expanded version of the show in Oslo later this year. We are performing a rewritten version of ‘Flap and Fear’ as part of Oslo International Theatre’s program of contemporary, international plays. The performance takes place at Vardeteatret on the 21st October. The evening includes a post show talk with playwright Darren Lerigo.

For more information see http://oslointernasjonaleteater.wordpress.com

Imploding Fictions recommends: The Norwegian Storytelling Festival

The Norwegian Storytelling Festival (Fortellerfestivalen) is just around the corner, this year with exciting international guests like Abbi Patrix from France, Pelle Olsson from Sweden and the critically acclaimed, high octane stand up comedian Sarah Benincasa from New York, alongside the very best Norwegian storytellers. The festival takes place at Dramatikkens Hus from 2nd to 6th June. Not to be missed!

For more information see: www.fortellerfestivalen.no

Seminar in Latvia and performance of ‘Scream’ in France

On the 5th June Oystein is travelling to Latvia to hold a seminar on Scandinavian cinema and theatre at a festival in Riga dedicated to Scandinavian culture. The same weekend the Croatian performance group Mavena is performing ‘Scream’, a play inspired by the events surrounding the theft of Munch’s famous painting by the same name in 2004, at the Eurotopiques festival in Lille. The play has been co-written by Boris Kadin and Øystein Ulsberg Brager. This spring sees new adventures for Imploding Fictions and all over Europe!

As always, you can read more about Imploding Fictions’ projects on our homepage and our blog:

http://www.implodingfictions.com

http://oystein.ulsberg.no/blogg

or check out Oslo International Theatre (OIT) on:

http://oslointernasjonaleteater.wordpress.com

Best wishes,

Philip Thorne and Oystein Ulsberg Brager

Artistic Directors – Imploding Fictions

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Imploding Fictions’ Newsletter

London, April 2010

Flap and Fear in Vienna (3rd – 22nd May)

Imploding Fictions has been commisioned by Theater in der Drachengasse in Vienna to produce a new performance based on the theme ‘scaremongers’, as part of Drachengasse’s Newcomer-scheme. The performance will be part of an evening entitled Angstmacher.

Flap and fear is a deft satire featuring two drunken London pigeons on a city trip to Vienna (!). We have comissioned Madrid based playwright Darren Lerigo to write the script, and we have got hold of two great performers for our two pigeons: Lauren McCullum and Rowena Hutson.

The show opens on Monday the 3rd May and runs for three weeks untill the 22nd May. You can find a detailed performance schedule, information on ticket bookings and further information on Theater Drachengasse’s homepage:

http://www.drachengasse.at/

In October we will do a guest performance of Flap and Fear as part of Oslo International Theatre’s program of contemporary international plays. We look forward to performing both in Austria and Norway!

Twittering Pigeons

Our two pigeons Lilly and Jesse will be twittering about their experiences throughout the Flap and fear project, both during our rehearsal time in London and our run at Theater Drachengasse. For tweets from the life of two London pigeon going on a city break to Vienna, and for updates about our theatrical endeavours in Austria, follow TheImploders on Twitter:

http://twitter.com/TheImploders

We will also be using this account to tweet about Imploding Fictions in the future, so sign up now and follow our implosive affairs!

The Fever by Wallace Shawn in Oslo

There was a full house at Oslo International Theatre’s rehearsed reading of Martin Crimp’s masterpiece Attempts on her Life in March. We are following on from this success doing another great play: The Fever, a ferocious monologue written by the controversial and celebrated American playwright Wallace Shawn.

Unfortunatelty due to other commitment the actor who was originally going to perform The Fever, Nicholas Hope, is now replaced by Torgny G. Aanderaa. We hope to collaborate with Nicholas Hope in the near future and wish him all the best of luck with his other projects, whilst welcoming Torgny G. Aanderaa on board for this exhilirating monologue performance. OITs audience will know Torgny G. Aanderaa from his excellent performances in Seven Jewish Children and Attempts on her Life, and we are excited to work with Torgny once again.

The play will be performed in English.

Til alle våre norske venner: Hjertelig velkommen til lesningen den 22. april! Husk å  reservere billetter via oslointernasjonaleteater@gmail.com.

The reading will take place on the 22nd April, 7.00pm at Vardeteatret in Radhusgata 19 in Oslo. To book tickets email: oslointernasjonaleteater@gmail.com

Welcome!

OITs summer and autumn program:

 

August 26th: Sort Dyrs Sorg (Black Beast Sorrow) by Anja Hilling (DE)

 

September 23rd: Tittelen til dramaet om Ante er skrevet her (The title of the drama about Ante is written here) by Ivor Martinic (HR)

October 21st: Flap and Fear by Darren Lerigo (UK)

November 25th: Play not confirmed.

All performances start at 7pm. OIT is generously supported by Stiftelsen

Fritt Ord and Goethe Institut Oslo.

For more information or to reserve tickets email:

oslointernasjonaleteater@gmail.com

or have a look at:

http://oslointernasjonaleteater.wordpress.com

Oslo International Theatre is a Norwegian-based project run by Imploding Fictions.

Government grant for Oystein U. Brager

Joint artistic director of Imploding Fictions, Oystein U. Brager, has received a work grant for younger/newly established artists under the Norwegian Goverment grants and guaranteed income scheme 2010.

“I feel grateful and honoured to have been awarded this grant. It will enable me to really focus on my work with Oslo International Theatre and Imploding Fictions in the year to come,” says Brager.

As always, you can read more about Imploding Fictions’ projects on our homepage and our blog:

http://www.implodingfictions.com

http://oystein.ulsberg.no/blogg

or check out Oslo International Theatre (OIT) on:

http://oslointernasjonaleteater.wordpress.com

Best wishes,

Philip Thorne and Oystein Ulsberg Brager

Artistic Directors – Imploding Fictions

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Imploding Fictions’ Newsletter

London and Oslo, January 2010

Happy new year to all of our friends! 2009 was a busy year for us with performances of Hamletmachine in Strasbourg and Montpellier, several performances in London both produced by us and in collaboration with others, various translation and directing jobs for other theatres and companies, Oystein’s short stories published by Inkermen Press, a radio theatre series completed with Bunbury Banter Theatre Company and last but not least: The big launch of our new project in Norway: Oslo International Theatre.

2010 is likely to be equally busy, and we hope you will keep following our endeavours with interest!

Flap and Fear in Vienna (3rd – 22nd May)

Imploding Fictions has been commisioned by Theater in der Drachengasse in Vienna to produce a new performance based on the theme ‘scaremongers’ as part of Drachengasse’s Newcomer-scheme. We are collaborating with Madrid based playwright Darren Lerigo to produce a play with the working title Flap and Fear. We open on the 3rd May and the performance will run for three weeks.

Oslo International Theatre will also do a reading of the play in October.

For more information on Theater in der Drachengasse have a look at:

http://www.drachengasse.at/

Attempts on Her Life and The Fever in Oslo

After our successful launch in November just gone, Oslo International Theatre is now ready for a year full of rehearsed readings of contemporary, international plays! The first two plays on our schedule is Attempts on Her Life by Martin Crimp and The

Fever by Wallace Shawn.

Attempts on Her Life has been translated by London based actress Katarina

Gellin with the Norwegian title Forsøk på Livet. Katarina will also perform in the reading alongside, amongst others, Christoffer Hag Maure. The Fever will be performed in the orginal language by the excellent Australian actor Nicholas Hope, renowned for his performance in the cult film Bad Boy Bubby. Not to be missed!

All our readings will take place at Vardeteatret, Raadhusgata 19 in Oslo.

Welcome!

Confirmed readings this year are:

March 11th: Forsøk på Livet (Attempts on Her Life) by Martin Crimp (UK)

April 22nd: The Fever by Wallace Shawn (US)

August 26th: Sort Dyrs Sorg (Black Beast Sorrow) by Anja Hilling (DE)

September 23rd: Tittelen til dramaet om Ante er skrevet her (The title of the drama about Ante is written here) by Ivor Martinic (HR)

October 21st: Flap and Fear by Darren Lerigo (UK)

All performances start at 7pm. OIT is generously supported by Stiftelsen

Fritt Ord and Goethe Institut Oslo.

For more information or to reserve tickets email:

oslointernasjonaleteater@gmail.com

or have a look at:

http://oslointernasjonaleteater.wordpress.com

The Winter’s Tale at Momentum in Moss, Norway

Oystein is assistant directing an english speaking production of The Winter’s Tale

in Moss, a small town south of Oslo. This site sensitive Shakespeare experiment directed by Birgitte Strid is performed in an old brewery turned gallery, and the production is influenced by Japanese culture and martial arts. Prepare for something quite out of the ordinary!

Performances on the 30th and 31st of January, and 2nd – 6th February.

For more information and tickets see:

http://www.ostfoldteater.no

Divided Skies at Soho Theatre and Sunflowerhouse at the Tristan Bates Theatre

A weekend of memories and views on the separated and unified Germany on the 30/31 January. A vibrant mix of theatre, literature, academic thought and, of course, Cabaret. On the 31st there will be a reading of Philip’s new translation Sunflowerhouse by aclaimed German writer Anne Rabe.

The play will then be staged at the Tristan Bates theatre near Covent Garden and play from the 22nd February to the 13th of March.

Booking opens Tuesday 9th January 2010.

Visit www.sohotheatre.com (under talks & events) or call (0044) 207 478 0100

As always, you can read more about Imploding Fictions’ projects on our homepage and our blog:

http://www.implodingfictions.com

http://oystein.ulsberg.no/blogg

or check out Oslo International Theatre (OIT) on:

http://oslointernasjonaleteater.wordpress.com

Best wishes,

Philip Thorne and Oystein Ulsberg Brager

Artistic Directors – Imploding Fictions

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Imploding Fictions’ Newsletter

Oslo, October 2009

INVITASJON and INVITATION!

We come straight from another two successful Hamletmachine performances at the lovely Théâtre la Vignette in Montpellier, to a completely new departure in Oslo: We are starting Oslo International Theatre (OIT), our first big project in Norway. Below you find an invitation (both in Norwegian and English) to our very first rehearsed reading. We hope to see you there!

INVITASJON

Oslo Internasjonale Teater inviterer til iscenesatt lesning av

Sju Jødiske Barn av Caryl Churchill og Sju Andre Barn av Richard Stirling

med påfølgende paneldebatt

Tid: 12. november klokken 19:00

Sted: Vardeteatret, Rådhusgata 19, Oslo

Pris: Fri entré, innsamling til inntekt for Medical Aid for Palestinians og One Voice Movement

Medvirkende: Terje Skonseng Naudeer, Thea Borring Lande, Sveinung Oppegaard, Torgny Aanderaa, Ingrid Askvik og Tor Itai Keilen

Regi: Øystein Ulsberg Brager

OIT presenterer Sju Jødiske Barn av Caryl Churchill og Sju Andre Barn av Richard Stirling med påfølgende paneldebatt, og stiller spørsmålet: Hvilken rolle kan dramatikken spille i forhold til konfliktsituasjoner verden over? Deltagere i panelet er blant annet Gunnar Germundson fra Dramatikerforbundet og litteraturviter Rana Issa. Dramaturg Njål Mjøs leder debatten. Det er fri entré, og OIT vil etter dramatikernes ønske samle inn penger som deles likt mellom Medical Aid for Palestine og One Voice Movement.

Det er begrenset med publikumskapasitet, så hvis du ønsker å sikre plass er det mulig å sende epost med navn og antall publikumere til: oslointernasjonaleteater@gmail.com

Vi vil etterhvert opprette en egen mailingliste for OIT som kun omhandler våre arrangementer i Norge. Om du ønsker å stå på denne er det hyggelig om du sender en email med «Påmelding OIT nyhetsbrev» i emnefeltet til: oslointernasjonaleteater@gmail.com

Mer info finnes på http://oslointernasjonaleteater.wordpress.com

Vi håper du kan komme torsdag 12. november!

INVITATION

Oslo International Theatre invites you to a rehearsed reading of

Seven Jewish Children by Caryl Churchill and Seven Other Children by Richard Stirling with a following panel debate

When: 12th November at 7pm

Where: Vardeteatret, Rådhusgata 19, Oslo, Norway

Entry: Free, a collection is made for Medical Aid for Palestinians and One Voice Movement

Cast: Terje Skonseng Naudeer, Thea Borring Lande, Sveinung Oppegaard, Torgny Aanderaa, Ingrid Askvik and Tor Itai Keilen

Directed by: Oystein Ulsberg Brager

The reading will take place in Norwegian.

OIT presents Seven Jewish Children Caryl Churchill and Seven Other Children by Richard Stirling with a following panel debate. We ask the question: What role can the theatre play in relation to areas of conflict around the world? Amongst others the leader of the Norwegian Playwrights’ Organisation, Gunnar Germundson, and fellow of the University of Marburg, Rana Issa, will participate in the debate, which will be moderated by dramaturg Njål Mjøs. Entry is free, and a collection will be made benefitting Medical Aid for Palestinians and One Voice Movement equally.

Audience numbers are limited, so if you wish to reserve a seat please send us an email with your name and the number of people to oslointernasjonaleteater@gmail.com.

For more info see http://oslointernasjonaleteater.wordpress.com

Welcome!

As always, you can read more about Imploding Fictions’ projects on our homepage and our blog:

http://www.implodingfictions.com

http://oystein.ulsberg.no/blogg

or check out OIT on:

http://oslointernasjonaleteater.wordpress.com

Best wishes,

Philip Thorne and Oystein Ulsberg Brager

Artistic Directors – Imploding Fictions


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