On 12 March 2015, Norvik Press and [Foreign Affairs] officially launched the podcast of The Contract Killer at University College London. A brief extract of the play was performed, with Darren Stamford and Jason Denyer once again assuming the roles of Karlsen and Director Holt. Following the performance, UCL’s Dr Claire Thomson led a discussion between myself and one of the directors of The Contract Killer, Camila França. Benny Andersen’s original, Lejemorderen, featured on Danish and Swedish Radio in 1969 before the English translation, The Contract Killer was published by Norvik Press in 2012.
[Foreign Affairs] have done a brilliant job in producing this podcast, and it’s impossible to overlook the foresight shown by Norvik Press to return Benny Andersen’s radio play to its original audio format. A big thanks to both of them. Enjoy!
My Little Sun Adventure is an app for young children, giving them the chance to become a character in the story. By simply nodding or shaking their head, they can choose where the adventure will lead them next.
Author Merete Pryds Helle in London, leading students at University College London on their own little sun adventure. (photo courtesy of Jesper Hansen)
Amalie Smith was in good company in Asymptote’s Danish Fiction Feature, alongside some of my favourite Danish authors, including Josefine Klougart, Katrine Marie Guldager and Naja Marie Aidt.
Amalie and I have been working on this project for the past year and we are looking forward to finding Recollection a permanent home.
In 2014, The Missing Slate also published this ‘weekend poem’ by Amalie Smith, another extract from Recollection.
Wuwu & Co. is now available in English and live on the App Store. This is one of the most beautiful projects I’ve worked on, a collaboration between Merete Pryds Helle, Kamila Slocinska and the brilliant team at Step In Books. This short video demonstrates some of the ingenious features which allow children to ‘step in’ to the story.
One of the great things about Wuwu & Co. is the variety of ways to interact with the iPad – each of the characters needs your help and you have to read their stories first, before you can discover how to complete the adventure.
Jakob Weis recently flew in to London to take part in [Foreign Affairs] international festival of theatre. The final segment of ‘5 Days of [Foreign Affairs]‘ was devoted to the author’s brilliant and thought-provoking play, Helmer Hardcore.
For two nights only, [Foreign Affairs] performed the final scene of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and the opening scene of Jakob Weis Helmer Hardcore, before easing their way into a rehearsed reading of the full play. Following the reading, the author and I faced questions from a panel of experts and an inquisitive audience. Thought the full title of the play is Helmer Hardcore, A Doll’s House 2, during the ensuing discussion, it became clear that Ibsen’s A Doll’s House was less inspiration and more utilisation for Weis, as the author chose Ibsen’s world-famous play as a means of engaging with a topic that was close to his heart. More details on this and the upcoming production to follow!
A huge thank you to Jakob Weis, the panelists, the Danish Arts Council for supporting Jakob’s trip to London, and of course [Foreign Affairs] and the wonderful actors who brought this play to life, for giving a glimpse of what’s to come in their upcoming production, The Helmer Project.