Autumn 2017

During the autumn we have two productions running and welcome an international visiting performance:
The International hit Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan MacMillan with Jonny Donahoe, performed by Gary Whitaker: 9 November – 13 December 2017.
Offline - specially created for a younger audience, touring in schools in Sweden all through 2017.
In October we welcome an exciting visiting performance: Colour Correction, an international collaboration between theatres from Sweden and India.

For more information about each production please scroll down.

 

EVERY BRILLIANT THING

Play info

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GEST is thrilled to present the hilarious and deeply moving International hit
EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan MacMillian with Jonny Donahoe.
Performed by Gary Whitaker.
9 November- 13 December 2017 at Gothenburg English Studio Theatre.

"You're seven years old. Mum's in hospital. Dad says she's 'done something stupid'.
She finds it hard to be happy. You start to make a list of everything that's brilliant about the world:
1. Ice cream
2. Water fight
3. People falling over
4. Rollercoasters
5. Laughing so hard you shoot milk through your nose."

As the boy grows into a man the list evolves too. Over 30 years and thousands of entries later, he discovers that the list might even help save himself.
A touching, funny and life-affirming play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love.

★★★★  "Heart-wrenching, hilarious...possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see, full stop." - The Guardian


Dates/Tickets

Tickets are now on sale through Kulturpunkten:Book online and buy directly HERE, via telephone 031-368 32 99 or visit the box office at Stora Teatern (Mon-Fri at 12-18 & Sat at 10-14).
For matinees, school bookings, group bookings, special bookings and other booking enquiries please contact GEST directly on 031- 42 50 65, info[at]gest.se
Price: 200 SEK (150 SEK for students and unemployed, 170 SEK for pensioners).
Duration of the performance: 60 minutes (no interval).

DATES:
EVENING PERFORMANCES:
9 November at 19.00 (Premiere)
10 November at 19.00
14 November at 19.00
15 November at 19.00
16 November at 19.00
17 November at 19.00
21 November at 19.00
22 November at 19.00
23 November at 19.00
24 November at 19.00
28 November at 19.00
29 November at 19.00
30 November at 19.00
1 December at 19.00
2 December at 19.00
5 December at 19.00
6 December at 19.00
7 December at 19.00
8 December at 19.00
9 December at 19.00
12 December at 19.00
13 December at 19.00
MATINEE PERFORMANCES (please book through GEST):
8 November at 13.00
13 November at 13.00
14 November at 13.00
20 November at 13.00
21 November at 13.00
27 November at 13.00
28 November at 13.00
4 December at 13.00
7 December at 13.00
11 December at 13.00
12 December at 13.00

Location/Access

Gothenburg English Studio Theatre, Chapmans Torg 10

Tram stop: Chapmans Torg.

Access

We want to make your visit to GEST as enjoyable as possible and we aim to cater for everyone's needs.

Access for people with mobility restrictions

Our foyer and the theatre are completely accessible if you use wheelchair or mobility scooter. The entrance is on ground level on Chapmans Torg and cars can stop next to the entrance.

One of our two WCs is accessible.

Please note! If you use a wheelchair or mobility scooter and you wish to see a performance at GEST, please contact us in advance and inform us about your visit, so that we can arrange the seating in our theatre accordingly. If you book your ticket via Kulturpunkten, please contact us to let us know which performance you will be attending. We are able to welcome two audience members using wheelchair or mobility scooter for each performance, this is due to safety reasons.

If you use a wheelchair or scooter but wish to sit in a seat during the performance, please contact us so we can arrange for an easy access seat as well as finding a place for your aid during the performance.

Hearing aide

We cannot unfortunately offer any hearing aids, however we can reserve seats close to the stage if necessary.

Guide Dogs

Guide dogs are welcome inside the building. If you wish to attend a performance, a member of staff can care for your dog. Alternatively, depending upon the production, it may be possible for you to take your dog into the performance – please contact us for more information.

Programme

For a production programme in large print, please contact us prior to your visit.

Team

Duncan Macmillian - Playwright

Duncan Macmillan is an award-winning playwright whose work includes the acclaimed adaptation of George Orwell's 1984 (Headlong /Nottingham Theatre / UK tour and Almeida Theatre), People Places and Things (National Theatre/Wyndham's Theatre), Reise Durch die Nacht, adapt. Friederike Mayröcker (created with Katie Mitchell and Lyndsey Turner, Schauspielhaus Köln); Don Juan Comes Back From The WAar adapt. Ödön von Horváth (Finborough Theatre); Monster (Royal Exchange/Manchester International Festival). Duncan has written extensively for theatre in addition to working in radio, television and film.

He was the recipient of two awards in the inaugural Bruntwood Playwriting Competition, 2006. Other Awards include the UK Theatre Best Director (with Robert Icke), 2014; Best New Play at the Off West End Awards 2013 and the Nestroypreis for Best German Language Production, 2013. He has twice been nominated for an Olivier Award in the Best New Play category. His work with director Katie Mitchell has been selected for Theatertreffen and the Avignon Festival, and continues to run in rep and tour the world.

Kristina Brändén Whitaker - Director

Kristina Branden WhitakerKristina is GEST's Executive Artistic Director, director and an actress with extensive experience in theatre, television and film both in Sweden and internationally. Most recently she directed the GESTs production of Broken Biscuits 2017, Offline in 2016 and YEN in 2015.Her playwright debut Expectations, in which she also played Klara, won the Fringe Award for Outstanding Theatre at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010.
Kristina is from Gothenburg but spend 13 years in London where she trained as an actress at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama. She has worked as an actress in various theatres in both the UK and Sweden. Her Television and film credits includes; the Swedish-Danish TV series Bron (The Bridge) for SVT, the international IFTA winning feature film As If I am Not There (Stella Nova Films/Wideey Films), Steven Spielberg's Band of Brothers, Peter Birro's SVT drama's Viva Hate and How Soon is Now (Upp till Kamp) and SVT's award winning Sanningen om Marika. In GEST's previous productions she has acted in The Events, Belongings, My Romantic History, Cock, Expectations, Contractions, After The End and After Miss Julie.

Gary Whitaker - Performer/Narrator

Gary litenjpgGary is an actor, director and the Co-Artistic Director of GEST. Most recently he directed "Jag var här först" by Kristian Hallberg for Folkteatern. He has directed many of GEST's productions including Expectations, the winner of The Fringe Review Award for Outstanding Theatre. His international directing experience includes; The Young Vic London, The Contact Theatre Manchester, The Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh. As an actor he has worked all over the world with highly respected writers and directors including Lars Von Trier, Alan Ayckbourn, Max Stafford- Clarke and Anand Tucker. His theatre credits include; leading roles in London's West End, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Royal Exchange, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Out of Joint. His TV and film credits include; the multi award-winning The Arbor, Melancholia, The Red Riding Trilogy, The Gathering, Wire in the Blood, Vincent, Waterloo Road, Sunday, In Deep, Heartbeat, The Vice, Holby City, three series of The First of the Summer Wine for BBC and Isprinsessan and 183 Dagar for SVT.
For GEST Gary has directed:Belongings, The Woman in Black, Fly Me to the Moon, My Romantic History, This Wide Night, Expectations, Contractions and The Collecter. He has acted in GESTs productions; The Woman in Black, Cock, Stones in His Pockets and After Miss Julie.

Ger Olde Monnikhof - Set and Costume Designer

gersvartvitGer is a member of GEST and is GESTs theatre and set designer.He has worked on many of GESTs productions including; The Events, Yen, Expectations, My Romantic History, This Wide Night, Contractions, Stones in His Pockets and After The End. Ger has worked as a freelance set designer since the late eighties and has his base at Theater Trixter, Gothenburg/Sweden.

He trained at the Royal Art Academy in The Hague, Netherlands in interior design, but has also been working with architecture as well as snow and ice sculpting.

As a set designer he has been working in various fields like theatre, opera and musicals.

Fredrik Glahns - Lightning Designer

fredrik glanhsFredrik is a freelance lighting designer, set designer and playwright. During the past fifteen years he has designed productions both in Sweden and internationally. His credits include theatre, dance, opera and musicals. His most recent credits include: "Don G" at Malmö Opera, "Prosperos Garden" at Gothenburg opera, "My Fair Lady" at Säffle opera, "En sak i taget" att Stockholms Stadsteater/Kulturhuset Vällingby, "Bunden" at Teater Tofta, "Fröken Julie" at Riksteatern, "Leka med Elden" at Kalmar Teater and "Into the woods" at Stora Teatern. Fredrik has been the lighting designer for nine of GEST's previous productions: Stones In His Pockets, Contractions, Cock (together with Beate Persdotter Løken), My Romantic History, This Wide Night, Fly Me To The Moon, Foxfinder and Belongings and Yen.
Upcoming productions include lighting and set design for "Jag blir nog aldrig bjuden dit igen" at Malmö Opera, lightning at and set design for "En kvinnas hjärta" at Piteå Kammaropera.

Images/Trailer

Coming soon

For teachers

Tickets

If you wish to see a performance of Every Brilliant Thing and your students are 19 or under and the school is within the Gothenburg municipality, the fee will be 30kr per ticket. This is made possible by the city of Gothenburg's 'biljettsubvention', which reimburses theatres. For students from outside of Gotheburg, tickets cost 110 kr. please book through GEST.

After Show Discussion and Teacher Resource Pack
We offer an After Show Discussion, which would last approximately 20-30 minutes. This is an invaluable opportunity for your group to discuss the play with the actors. After Show Discussions can be booked on 031 42 50 65 or info[at]gest.se.

 

COLOUR CORRECTION

Play info

CC kampanjbildGEST welcomes an exciting visiting performance: COLOUR CORRECTION

A unique international collaboration by Bananteatern (Sweden), Mukha Mugam Theatre Company (India) and performing arts collective BONTHROP (Sweden). Performed in English, Swedish Hindi and Tamil.
3 – 6 October at Gothenburg English Studio Theatre.


Influenced by the brutal gang rapes and murders of young women in India, the play pushes the limits of form and experimentation for stage making it a unique theatre experience.

Who is the woman of India today? Can we define her? What are the forces that shape how she is perceived and who gets to have the final word on who she is? Colour Correction presents the perspectives of media, the west and Bollywood in shaping the view of the Indian woman. Elephants, Yoga, Gandhi and now the gang rape...Is this what the sub- continent looks like to the west today? The play is a comedy that follows the life and dream of the everyday Indian woman.

Actors/creators: Spatica Ramanujam, Swati Das and Björn Dahlman.
Director: Björn Dahlman
Set and costume design: BONTHROP

Location/Access

Gothenburg English Studio Theatre, Chapmans Torg 10

Tram stop: Chapmans Torg.

Access

We want to make your visit to GEST as enjoyable as possible and we aim to cater for everyone's needs.

Access for people with mobility restrictions

Our foyer and the theatre are completely accessible if you use wheelchair or mobility scooter. The entrance is on ground level on Chapmans Torg and cars can stop next to the entrance.

One of our two WCs is accessible.

Please note! If you use a wheelchair or mobility scooter and you wish to see a performance at GEST, please contact us in advance and inform us about your visit, so that we can arrange the seating in our theatre accordingly. If you book your ticket via Kulturpunkten, please contact us to let us know which performance you will be attending. We are able to welcome two audience members using wheelchair or mobility scooter for each performance, this is due to safety reasons.

If you use a wheelchair or scooter but wish to sit in a seat during the performance, please contact us so we can arrange for an easy access seat as well as finding a place for your aid during the performance.

Hearing aide

We cannot unfortunately offer any hearing aids, however we can reserve seats close to the stage if necessary.

Guide Dogs

Guide dogs are welcome inside the building. If you wish to attend a performance, a member of staff can care for your dog. Alternatively, depending upon the production, it may be possible for you to take your dog into the performance – please contact us for more information.

Programme

For a production programme in large print, please contact us prior to your visit.}

Dates/Tickets

Tickets are on sale through Kulturpunkten: Book online and buy directly HERE. Via telephone 031 368 32 99 or visit the box office at Stora Teatern (Mon-Fri at 12-18 & Sat at 10-14).

For matinees, school bookings, group bookings, special bookings and other booking enquiries please contact GEST directly on 031 42 50 65, info[at]gest.se

Price: 200 SEK (150 SEK for students and unemployed, 170 SEK for pensioners).

Duration of the performance: 60 minutes (no interval).

EVENING PERFORMANCES:
5 October at 19.00
6 October at 19.00

MATINEE PERFORMANCES (please book through GEST):
3 October at 13.00
4 October at 13.00
5 October at 13.00

6 October at 13.00

For teachers

SCHOOL BOOKINGS OPEN ON AUGUST 14

If you wish to see a performance of Colour Correction and your students are 19 or under and the school is within the Gothenburg municipality, the fee will be 30kr per ticket. This is made possible by the city of Gothenburg's 'biljettsubvention', which reimburses theatres. For students from outside of Gotheburg, tickets cost 110 kr. Please book through GEST at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 031 – 42 50 65.

After Show Discussion and Teacher Resource Pack
We offer an After Show Discussion, which would last approximately 20-30 minutes. This is an invaluable opportunity for your group to discuss the play with the actors. After Show Discussions can be booked on 031 42 50 65 or info[at]gest.se.

The Teachers Resource Pack for Colour Correction will be available in September.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Offline

Play info

offlineFor ages 13- 16, specially created for the classroom

Touring in schools all over Sweden from mid November 2016 and all through out 2017 and the spring of 2018.

15-year-old Ali is missing. The police are involved, the entire school are searching.
What exactly do the parents know? Why do the school computers keep crashing?....and who is Umi, the social media phenomenon and the girl everyone wants to be?

Offline is a thriller that talks about freedom of information and our identity. Online you can be whoever you want to be - if you're not satisfied with your life, create a new one. But what happens when it all gets out of control?

#FindAli

 

"Vid sidan av det populärkulturella anslaget inhyser Offline en brinnande tematik då den behandlar flyktingfrågan och den rasism som omger den........Tilltalet är så koncentrerat direkt mot åhörarna att det är svårt att föreställa sig något annat än total hängivelse ute i landets skolor senare i vinter, även om den publiken är känd för att vara kräsen" Göteborgs Fria

" kort, kompakt och mycket effektfull upplevelse som torde rycka tag i även den mest inbite teaterhatare" Göteborgs-Posten

" Pulserande närvaro, angeläget ämne och lite läskig inramning således, vilket bör garantera att GEST kommer göra ett succéartat avtryck när de uppsöker sin målgrupp." Kulturbloggen

 

Written by Kristina Brändén Whitaker, Elizabeth Neale and James Hogg
Directed by Kristina Brändén Whitaker
Cast: James Hogg and Elizabeth Neale

Book Offline at your school

BOOK A PERFORMANCE AT YOUR SCHOOL

When: Offline is available for touring all through out 2017 and the spring pf 2018.
To book please contact us on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 031- 42 50 64

Where: Offline will come to your school and can be performed in your classroom, aula or similar spaces. The space has to be equipped with chairs or benches for all the students.

For information about prices and technical requirements please download this info sheet in Swedish (utbudsblad):
Touring in Gothenburg 
Touring outside Gothenburg

You can also view the production on Scenkonstportalen and Kulturterminen

Scenkonstportalen produktion

Team

Kristina Brändén Whitaker - Director

tinalitenKristina is GEST's Executive Artistic Director, director and an actress with extensive experience in theatre, television and film both in Sweden and internationally. Most recently she directed the GESTs production of YEN in 2015 that was a huge success.
Her playwright debut Expectations, in which she also played Klara, won the Fringe Award for Outstanding Theatre at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010.
Kristina is from Gothenburg but spend 13 years in London where she trained as an actress at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama. She has worked as an actress in various theatres in both the UK and Sweden. Her Television and film credits includes; the Swedish-Danish TV series Bron (The Bridge) for SVT, the international IFTA winning feature film As If I am Not There(Stella Nova Films/Wideey Films), Steven Spielberg's Band of Brothers, Peter Birro's SVT drama's Viva Hate and How Soon is Now (Upp till Kamp) and SVT's award winning Sanningen om Marika. In GEST's previous productions she has acted in The Events, Belongings, My Romantic History, Cock, Expectations, Contractions, After The End and After Miss Julie.

 

Elizabeth Neale - Actor

Elizabeth photo

Elizabeth has worked for GEST as the Assistant Director for Constellations, One Day When We Were Young and Yen, and as Assistant Stage Manager for The Woman in Black, as well as being Project Manager for GEST's Creative Learning Department. She is originally from London, where she worked as an actress, collaborating with Matthew's Yard Theatre Company and Lantern Theatre Company, and as a film editor, namely alongside Polaris Media and Talking Shadow Productions. She moved to Gothenburg in 2014 and has most recently worked with GEST on their spring production of The Events.

James Hogg - Actor

james HoggJames trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He has been working for ten years, including work in London's West End (The Misanthrope) and with the National Theatre (A Midsummer Night's Dream. Since moving to Gothenburg, James has been working extensively as a voice over artist, including work for the Discovery Channel (Unti I Besunti, Blue Collar Criminals) and for computer games (Vermintide, War of the Vikings).

Images/Trailer


Photos: Lina Ikse. High resulotion photographs can be found under "Press".

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Past productions

Here is a presentation of our past productions

BROKEN BISCUITS

Play info

GEST are delighted to present the Scandinavian premiere of Broken Biscuits by Tom Wells.

Kampanjbild Broken biscuits LITEN

Directed by Kristina Brändén Whitaker
10 March – 12 April at Gothenburg English Studio Theatre.

A hilarious, heart-warming and beautiful coming-of-age tale for our times! A play that everyone can relate to regardless of age.

Megan, Ben and Holly are definitely not the cool kids. But Megan has a plan. One long summer holiday to change their lives. One sure path to coolness. And there's nothing cooler than being in a band. "The point is: we're losers. Nobodies. Carry on like this, we're losers forever. And we don't have to be. Fresh start, two months to completely one hundred per cent reinvent ourselves. And I know exactly how we can do that."

 GEST is delighted to be the first to produce this brand new gem of a play following on from its original production that has just finished touring in England. 

"The play is snappy, intelligent and surprising. And very funny!" ..."Everyone who has been through or going through- adolescence can relate and release with liberating laughter when the actors nail their moments." Göteborg- Posten (read full review in Swedish)

Photo: Lina Ikse

 

 

 

Location/Access

Gothenburg English Studio Theatre, Chapmans Torg 10

Tram stop: Chapmans Torg.

Access

We want to make your visit to GEST as enjoyable as possible and we aim to cater for everyone's needs.

Access for people with mobility restrictions

Our foyer and the theatre are completely accessible if you use wheelchair or mobility scooter. The entrance is on ground level on Chapmans Torg and cars can stop next to the entrance.

One of our two WCs is accessible.

Please note! If you use a wheelchair or mobility scooter and you wish to see a performance at GEST, please contact us in advance and inform us about your visit, so that we can arrange the seating in our theatre accordingly. If you book your ticket via Kulturpunkten, please contact us to let us know which performance you will be attending. We are able to welcome two audience members using wheelchair or mobility scooter for each performance, this is due to safety reasons.

If you use a wheelchair or scooter but wish to sit in a seat during the performance, please contact us so we can arrange for an easy access seat as well as finding a place for your aid during the performance.

Hearing aide

We cannot unfortunately offer any hearing aids, however we can reserve seats close to the stage if necessary.

Guide Dogs

Guide dogs are welcome inside the building. If you wish to attend a performance, a member of staff can care for your dog. Alternatively, depending upon the production, it may be possible for you to take your dog into the performance – please contact us for more information.

Programme

For a production programme in large print, please contact us prior to your visit.

Team

Tom Wells - Playwright

Tom Wells is a writer from Kilnsea, East Yorkshire. His plays include Folk (UK Tour, 2016), Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith, 2015/16), Symphony (Edinburgh Festival, UK Tour, Soho Theatre 2013/14), Jumpers for Goalposts (Bush Theatre and UK Tour, 2013/14), Jack and the Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith, 2013/14), Cosmic (East Yorkshire Tour, 2013),  Jonsey (Lyric Hammersmith, Greenwich Playhouse, Watford Palace Theatre, National Theatre Inside Out, BBC Radio 4, 2012), The Kitchen Sink (Bush Theatre, 2011, winner of the Most Promising Playwright - Critics Circle, 2011 and the 2012 George Devine Award), Fossils (Bush Theatre, 2011), Spacewang (Hull Truck Theatre, 2011), Me, As A Penguin (West Yorkshire Playhouse, 2009 and Arcola Theatre / UK Tour, 2010), Yeti (Bush Theatre, 2010), About A Goth (Paines Plough / Oran Mor, 2009) and Notes For First Time Astronauts (Paines Plough LATER at Soho Theatre, 2009). Ben & Lump, which Tom wrote as part of the Coming Up season was broadcast on Channel 4 in spring of 2012. In 2009 Tom was a member of Paines Plough / Channel 4's Future Perfect scheme and in 2012 he was Associate Playwright at Hull Truck. Tom is currently under commission to The Drum Plymouth, Northern Broadsides, The Royal Court and the National Theatre. He is developing a new idea for Leftbank Pictures.

Kristina Brändén Whitaker - Director and Music

Kristina Branden WhitakerKristina is GEST's Executive Artistic Director, director and an actress with extensive experience in theatre, television and film both in Sweden and internationally. Most recently she directed the GESTs production of Offline in 2016 and YEN in 2015.Her playwright debut Expectations, in which she also played Klara, won the Fringe Award for Outstanding Theatre at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010.
Kristina is from Gothenburg but spend 13 years in London where she trained as an actress at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama. She has worked as an actress in various theatres in both the UK and Sweden. Her Television and film credits includes; the Swedish-Danish TV series Bron (The Bridge) for SVT, the international IFTA winning feature film As If I am Not There (Stella Nova Films/Wideey Films), Steven Spielberg's Band of Brothers, Peter Birro's SVT drama's Viva Hate and How Soon is Now (Upp till Kamp) and SVT's award winning Sanningen om Marika. In GEST's previous productions she has acted in The Events, Belongings, My Romantic History, Cock, Expectations, Contractions, After The End and After Miss Julie.

Gina Fillingham - Megan

Gina pictureGina trained as an actor at Manchester School of Theatre, graduating in July 2016. She is originally from St Helens in the North West of England and is thrilled to be making her professional stage debut since graduating in GEST's production of Broken Biscuits. Other credits include The Skriker at The Royal Exchange Manchester and The Oresteia at Home Theatre Manchester.

 

Megan Grech - Holly

Megan pictureMegan graduated from Guildford School of Acting in 2016. She recently played Juliet in a small tour of Romeo and Juliet around churches in Sussex, with This is my Theatre company. 'Broken Biscuits' will be her first professional production.

Luke Halliwell - Ben

Luke picture

Luke trained as an actor at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. Since finishing his training in July 2016, Luke has been working on a children's animated series called Simon, in which he voices the character of André. Broken Biscuits will be Luke's theatrical debut since finishing his training in 2016.

Ger Olde Monnikhof - Set and Costume Designer

gersvartvitGer is a member of GEST and is GESTs theatre and set designer.He has worked on many of GESTs productions including; The Events, Yen, Expectations, My Romantic History, This Wide Night, Contractions, Stones in His Pockets and After The End. Ger has worked as a freelance set designer since the late eighties and has his base at Theater Trixter, Gothenburg/Sweden.

He trained at the Royal Art Academy in The Hague, Netherlands in interior design, but has also been working with architecture as well as snow and ice sculpting.

As a set designer he has been working in various fields like theatre, opera and musicals.

Eleanor Dodson- Assistant Director

EleanorEleanor started her career as an actress working for The BBC, ITV and Channel 4. She graduated in 2013 with a degree in English Literature and Drama from The University of Birmingham, where she received The Birmingham Scholarship. Following graduation she took the decision to specialise in directing. She completed further training through The JMK Regional Directors Programme, The Resident Trainee Director Scheme at The King's Head Theatre, and The Sanford Meisner Technique alongside Jack Price. She went on to direct the Scottish premiere of Tennessee Williams' The Pink Bedroom and has assisted directors such as Lisa Spirling, Robert Chevara and Robin Norton-Hale. She is also the Co-Artistic Director of AnOtherPlace Theatre Company who launched in 2014 at The Apiary Studios London. In England she has worked for companies such as Ice and Fire Theatre Company, OperaUpClose, Riverside Opera and Furious Theatre Collective, as well as leading workshops for The Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2015 Eleanor relocated to Paris, directing a production of Constellations at the Théâtre Municipal de Fontainebleau, and working as an Ambassador in the cultural enterprise sector for the company Theatre in Paris. Most recently Eleanor worked with The Prague Shakespeare Company.

Fredrik Glahns - Lightning Designer

fredrik glanhsFredrik is a freelance lighting designer, set designer and playwright. During the past fifteen years he has designed productions both in Sweden and internationally. His credits include theatre, dance, opera and musicals. His most recent credits include: "Don G" at Malmö Opera, "Prosperos Garden" at Gothenburg opera, "My Fair Lady" at Säffle opera, "En sak i taget" att Stockholms Stadsteater/Kulturhuset Vällingby, "Bunden" at Teater Tofta, "Fröken Julie" at Riksteatern, "Leka med Elden" at Kalmar Teater and "Into the woods" at Stora Teatern. Fredrik has been the lighting designer for nine of GEST's previous productions: Stones In His Pockets, Contractions, Cock (together with Beate Persdotter Løken), My Romantic History, This Wide Night, Fly Me To The Moon, Foxfinder and Belongings and Yen.
Upcoming productions include lighting and set design for "Jag blir nog aldrig bjuden dit igen" at Malmö Opera, lightning at and set design for "En kvinnas hjärta" at Piteå Kammaropera.

Karl Wassholm - Sound Designer

Karl bwKarl is a freelance sound designer, audio engineer, composer, and musician. Over the past 8 years he has worked with several companies in Gothenburg and around Sweden, as a sound designer, composer, musician, actor, and audio engineer. Credits include Teater Tamauer, Teater Blaffa, Västanå teater, RISK-teatern, Säffle Opera, Masthuggsteatern, Teater Tofta, among others, as well as several productions as sound designer and composer for GEST. He also works regularly at the musical theater programs at Gothenburg University and BalettAkademien i Göteborg.

Images/Trailer

 

Trailer by: ESTRIDS
Logo by Felicia Fortes

Photos: Lina Ikse. High resulotion photographs can be found under "Press".

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For teachers

The Teachers Resource Pack for Broken Biscuits can be downloaded here.

 

These Halcyon Days

Play info

GEST are delighted to present the Scandinavian premiere of These Halcyon Days by Deirdre Kinahan.Affisch hemsidan

Directed by Gary Whitaker
9 November – 10 December 2017 at Gothenburg English Studio Theatre.

A funny, touching, life-affirming play about facing our fears, told with wry humour and humanity.

Seán sits alone in a nursing home, abandoned by his memories, when in storms Patricia, a feisty woman with a zest for life. She brings music, laughter and hope with her and an unforeseen relationship develops, by turns charming and combative, tender and witty. A tale of friendship and adventure, a glorious celebration of the human spirit against the odds.

"Tender and hopeful in the autumn of life...the future may be uncertain but the present is for everyone and always worth catching..." "....Both the playwright Deirdre Kinahan and the director Gary Whitaker know how to nurture both the dramatic narrative and the specific environment of the play....The way John Atterbury and Nora Connolly depict the relationship between the pensioners, is both tender and touching" – Göteborgs-Posten

These Halcyon Days was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival and nominated Best New Play in the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2012.

Kinahan is one of Ireland's most celebrated contemporary playwrights and her work is produced regularly both in Ireland and on the International stage.

 

 

Team

Deirdre Kinahan - Playwright

Deirdre Kinahan is a Dublin-based playwright and theatre producer.

Deirdre wrote her first play in 1999 when a group of women at Ruhama Women's Project asked her to write a play about their lives as prostitutes. Be Carna was widely regarded as a powerful debut.

Deirdre's play MOMENT played at the Bush Theatre to critical acclaim and sell out audiences in 2011 whilst These Halcyon Days won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival in 2013. Her latest drama WILD SKY written in commemoration of the Irish Easter Rising of 1916 opened in Ireland in 2016 before transferring to New York.

Deirdre has been part of the Open Court season at the Royal Court with a play about the Irish economic crisis and is currently writing for the Old Vic New Voices Programme.

Deirdre is a member of the Board of the Abbey Theatre and is published by Nick Hern Books.

Gary Whitaker - Director

Gary-17.largejpgGary is an actor, director and the Co-Artistic Director of GEST. Most recently he directed "Jag var här först" by Kristian Hallberg for Folkteatern. He has directed many of GEST's productions including Expectations, the winner of The Fringe Review Award for Outstanding Theatre. His international directing experience includes; The Young Vic London, The Contact Theatre Manchester, The Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh. As an actor he has worked all over the world with highly respected writers and directors including Lars Von Trier, Alan Ayckbourn, Max Stafford- Clarke and Anand Tucker. His theatre credits include; leading roles in London's West End, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Royal Exchange, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Out of Joint. His TV and film credits include; the multi award-winning The Arbor, Melancholia, The Red Riding Trilogy, The Gathering, Wire in the Blood, Vincent, Waterloo Road, Sunday, In Deep, Heartbeat, The Vice, Holby City, three series of The First of the Summer Wine for BBC and Isprinsessan and 183 Dagar for SVT.
For GEST Gary has directed:Belongings, The Woman in Black, Fly Me to the Moon, My Romantic History, This Wide Night, Expectations, Contractions and The Collecter. He has acted in GESTs productions; The Woman in Black, Cock, Stones in His Pockets and After Miss Julie.

Nora Connolly  - Patricia

nora-connolly bwNora Connolly trained at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Ireland. Her work includes The National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic., The Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh and other regional theatres in the U.K. performing in many plays of the classic Irish repertoire: 'The Playboy Of The Western World', 'The Shadow Of A Gunman' , 'The Plough And The Stars' , 'Juno And The Paycock' , 'The End Of The Beginning' , 'Bedtime Story', 'The Midnight Court', 'Translations' , 'Dancing At Lughnasa' ,'The Cripple Of Inishmaan' and 'The Beauty Queen Of Leenane'.
She played Countess Markievizc in Rouge, Rifles and Revolvers (about the 1916 Easter Uprising) at The Riverside Studios, The Mammy in a production of 'Lovin' Daniel' (about the singer Daniel O'Donnell) and The Mother Superior in Phyllis McMahon's autobiographical play 'Divorcing God'.
Nora has devised and performed shows celebrating James Joyce, Ulysses and 'Bloomsday' at various Irish Arts Centres in London and Liverpool. She has also taken her one-woman poetry show 'Going West' to the Prague Fringe Festival.
She is a member of The Irish Literary Society (founded by W.B.Yeats ) and frequently reads poetry & prose from various Irish writers - both from the past to the present day to illuminate the lectures.

John Atterbury - Sean

John AtterburyJohn started as a disc jockey on the RAF Gibraltar Network. Following this he trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama and procured his first job in repertory theatre in his native Swansea.

Since then he has enjoyed a jobbing actor's life of rep, touring, pantomime and film and television.

Enjoyable stints in the West End include 'No Sex Please, We're British', 'Rolls Hyphen Royce', 'Licence to Murder', 'Mr Cinders', 'Our Town' and' Bent 'at the National Theatre. More recently he appeared in Michael Grandage's critically acclaimed 'The Wild Duck' at the Donmar and appeared again for Michael in 'Ivanov'.

Favourite parts played range from Zeus in 'The Iliad', Duchess in 'Alice in Wonderland ', a slave in 'Die Zauberfloete' and Toad in 'Toad of Toad Hall'.

John played the lead in 'Studies For A Portrait' at the King's Head, and last year was nominated for The Off West End Awards for 'Buried Child' at the Gatehouse Theatre in Highgate.

Television credits include "Dr Who", "Blind Justice", "The Jump", "Scarlett" and "Midsomer Murders".

Film roles include Sir Anthony Eden in the Egyptian film 'Nasser' ,'The Parent Trap', Merriman in Robert Altman's 'Gosford Park', Nigellus in 'Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix', 'Robin Hood' and 'Love's Kitchen'.

John has worked in Kenya, South Africa, The U.S.A., Japan, Korea, Germany and Holland and is delighted to be performing at The Gothenburg English Studio Theatre.

Ger Olde Monnikhof - Set and Costume Designer

gersvartvitGer is a member of GEST and is GESTs theatre and set designer.

He has worked on many of GESTs productions including; The Events, Yen, Expectations, My Romantic History, This Wide Night, Contractions, Stones in His Pockets and After The End. Ger has worked as a freelance set designer since the late eighties and has his base at Theater Trixter, Gothenburg/Sweden.

He trained at the Royal Art Academy in The Hague, Netherlands in interior design, but has also been working with architecture as well as snow and ice sculpting.

As a set designer he has been working in various fields like theatre, opera and musicals.

Fredrik Glahns- Lighting Designer

fredrik glanhsFredrik is a freelance lighting designer, set designer and playwright. During the past fifteen years he has designed productions both in Sweden and internationally. His credits include theatre, dance, opera and musicals. His most recent credits include: "Don G" at Malmö Opera, "Prosperos Garden" at Gothenburg opera, "My Fair Lady" at Säffle opera, "En sak i taget" att Stockholms Stadsteater/Kulturhuset Vällingby, "Bunden" at Teater Tofta, "Fröken Julie" at Riksteatern, "Leka med Elden" at Kalmar Teater and "Into the woods" at Stora Teatern. Fredrik has been the lighting designer for nine of GEST's previous productions: Stones In His Pockets, Contractions, Cock (together with Beate Persdotter Løken), My Romantic History, This Wide Night, Fly Me To The Moon, Foxfinder and Belongings and Yen.
Upcoming productions include lighting and set design for "Jag blir nog aldrig bjuden dit igen" at Malmö Opera, lightning at and set design for "En kvinnas hjärta" at Piteå Kammaropera.

Karl Wassholm- Sound Designer

Karl bwKarl is a freelance sound designer, audio engineer, composer, and musician. Over the past 8 years he has worked with several companies in Gothenburg and around Sweden, as a sound designer, composer, musician, actor, and audio engineer. Credits include Teater Tamauer, Teater Blaffa, Västanå teater, RISK-teatern, Säffle Opera, Masthuggsteatern, Teater Tofta, among others, as well as several productions as sound designer and composer for GEST. He also works regularly at the musical theater programs at Gothenburg University and BalettAkademien i Göteborg.

Charissa Martinkauppi - Assistant Director

Charissa2Charissa trained at Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts, part of Lancaster University, where she received a BA (Hons) in Theatre Studies. She also studied with British-Spanish stage director Tamzin Townsend in Madrid. Since completing her degree in 2013 she has worked as a director and dramatist in Norrbotten, collaborating with groups such as Tornedalsteatern and Lule Stassteater.

 

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The Events

Play info

GEST are delighted to present the Swedish premiere of the award-winning and critically acclaimed The Events by David Greig. Music by John Browne. MG 7545
4 May - 14 May at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern Stockholm

8 April- 30 April at Gothenburg English Studio Theatre

A rare, daring and beautiful new play wherein the cast will be joined by different local choirs every performance.

Claire, a liberal church minister, ran a community choir in a small seaside town. "...a choir that brought together vulnerable people, old people, asylum seekers, immigrant men, young mums and so on - it was a – the idea was - you can imagine. " Claire desperately searches for understanding as to why a boy with a gun walked in to her choir rehearsal, resulting in devastating consequences. She becomes obsessed with the boy and the reasons for his actions. She looks for answers among the politicians that the boy associates himself with, his father, old classmates and, in the end, the boy himself. It's a journey that takes her to the edge of reason, politics and faith. The Events has a strong relevance to today's development of far right extremism in Sweden and Europe whilst also exploring how far forgiveness can stretch in the face of brutality.

Since its original opening at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013 with the Actors Touring Company, The Events has been performed all over the world."a mighty play about not just one lost soul, but many... about the things that bind us together as a community, the things that drive us apart, and what it is that makes us human." The Guardian

What makes this production so unique and thrilling is the fact that the actors will be joined on stage by a live choir. We at GEST have put together our own community choir in which the members represent 10 different nationalities. We are very excited to expand our work in the international community in Gothenburg and look forward to working with such a diverse and talented group of people.

Apart from our own choir we will also welcome a variety established local choirs such as Örgryte Kyrkokör, the Majornakyrkan choir, two choirs with students from the music program at Hulebäcksgymnasiet, Svenska Vokalensemblen: Aoide, Sångkompaniet and Rabalder. These choirs all have their own unique sound and add their own touch to each performance

In May, The Events will be performed at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm. Different local Stockholm choirs will also join us there: Årsta Ungdomskör, Årsta Kammarkör, Cantus Forum, Kummelby Gospel, Bella Donna and Collage-kören.

For teachers

Teacher Resource Pack
Teachers resource pack for The Events can be downloaded here.


Team

Playwright - David Greig

David Greig is a Scottish playwright and theatre director. Greig was born in Edinburgh in 1969 and was brought up in Nigeria. He studied drama at Bristol University. He has been commissioned by the Royal Court Theatre, the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company amongst others. His first play was produced in Glasgow in 1992. His plays have been produced around the world and include Europe (1995), The Architect (1996), The Cosmonaut's Last Message To The Woman He Once Loved In The Former Soviet Union (1999), Outlying Islands (2002), San Diego (2003), The American Pilot (2005), Pyrenees (2005), Yellow Moon: The Ballad of Leila and Lee (2006) and Damascus (2007). He has provided English-language versions of foreign plays, including Camus's Caligula (2003), and Strindberg's The Creditors (2008).

Composer- John Browne

Composer John Browne's works have been performed at the Royal Opera House (Babette's Feast, Demon Juice), English National Opera (Early Earth Operas, Midnight's Children), Southbank Centre (A Nightingale Sang) and Westminster Abbey (Small Selves, Out of Suffering). In the last few years he has been composer-in-residence at FNSNM, Kings College London, created choral arrangements for the band Elbow, composed the score for The Itch of the Golden Nit, a BAFTA award-winning film by Aardman, been an adjudicator for BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012, created a music-theatre piece in Rwanda and run workshops for the British Council in China and India.

Gary Whitaker - Director

Gary-17.largejpgGary is an actor, director and the Co-Artistic Director of GEST. Most recently he directed "Jag var här först" by Kristian Hallberg for Folkteatern. He has directed many of GEST's productions including Expectations, the winner of The Fringe Review Award for Outstanding Theatre. His international directing experience includes; The Young Vic London, The Contact Theatre Manchester, The Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh. As an actor he has worked all over the world with highly respected writers and directors including Lars Von Trier, Alan Ayckbourn, Max Stafford- Clarke and Anand Tucker. His theatre credits include; leading roles in London's West End, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Royal Exchange, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Out of Joint. His TV and film credits include; the multi award-winning The Arbor, Melancholia, The Red Riding Trilogy, The Gathering, Wire in the Blood, Vincent, Waterloo Road, Sunday, In Deep, Heartbeat, The Vice, Holby City, three series of The First of the Summer Wine for BBC and Isprinsessan and 183 Dagar for SVT.
For GEST Gary has directed:Belongings, The Woman in Black, Fly Me to the Moon, My Romantic History, This Wide Night, Expectations, Contractions and The Collecter. He has acted in GESTs productions; The Woman in Black, Cock, Stones in His Pockets and After Miss Julie.

Kristina Brändén Whitaker -Claire

tinalitenKristina is GEST's Executive Artistic Director and an actress with extensive experience in theatre, television and film both in Sweden and internationally. Most recently she directed GESTs production of YEN in 2015.
Her playwright debute Expectations, in which she also played Klara, won the Fringe Award for Outstanding Theatre at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010.
Kristina is from Gothenburg but spend 13 years in London where she trained as an actress at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama. She has worked as an actress in various theatres in both the UK and Sweden. Her Television and film credits includes; the Swedish-Danish TV series Bron (The Bridge) for SVT, the international IFTA winning feature film As If I am Not There(Stella Nova Films/Wideey Films), Steven Spielberg's Band of Brothers, Peter Birro's SVT drama's Viva Hate and How Soon is Now (Upp till Kamp) and SVT's award winning Sanningen om Marika. In GEST's previous productions she has acted in Belongings, My Romantic History, Cock, Expectations, Contractions, After The End and After Miss Julie.

Ashley Gerlach - The Boy

Ashley smallAshley trained at the Manchester School of Theatre (MMU). Theatre credits include: All My Sons (Talawa UK tour), The Nutcracker and The Mouse King (Unicorn Theatre), Borderline Vultures (Lowry), Dick Whittington (Stratford East), The Legend of Captain Crow's Teeth (Unicorn Theatre), Alice In The Walled Garden (Sixteen Feet), Where The Flowers Grow (Warehouse Theatre), Herons (Stephen Joseph Theatre), Touched (Latitude), Naked Soldiers (Warehouse Theatre)

Television credits include: The Midnight Beast (E4), Rock & Chips (BBC), The Bill (ITV). Film Credits include: Requiem and Bedlam. Radio credits include: YT & The Soprano (BBC), RIP Boy (BBC), Nina Black (BBC).

 

Ger Olde Monnikhof - Set and Costume Designer

gersvartvitGer is a member of GEST and is GESTs theatre and set designer.

He has worked  on many of GESTs productions including; Expectations, My Romantic History, This Wide Night, Contractions, Stones in His Pockets and After The End.

Ger has worked as a freelance set designer since the late eighties and has his base at Theater Trixter, Gothenburg/Sweden.

He trained at the Royal Art Academy in The Hague, Netherlands in interior design, but has also been working with architecture as well as snow and ice sculpting.

As a set designer he has been working in various fields like theatre, opera and musicals.

His most recent credits include set designs for The wedding of Figaro (Mozart) and L'elisird'amore (Donazetti) at Folkoperan in Stockholm, Breaking the waves (von Trier/Nielsen) at Folkteatern in Gothenburg and for Trixter Monomania.

A selection of plays, operas and musicals:

Buried child, Eyes for Consuela, The lie of the mind, When the world was green (Shepard), The collector (Pinter), Winter (Fosse), Splendour (Morgan), The friends (Wesker), Lafinta di Gardinieri, Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni (Mozart), Medium, Konsuln (Menotti), La serva Padrona, Il matrionomi (Cimarosa), L'opera seria (Gasmann), Cities of angels (Coleman/Zippel), Into the woods (Sondheim), Westside story (Bernstein)

Peter Holmstrand - Musical Director

Ida Gustafson - Light and Sound Designer

profilidasvartvithemsidaIda studied Light Design at Tekniska Högskolan in Jönköping. Ida has previously worked with GEST as light and sound operator on The Woman in Black, Constellations and One Day When We Were Young.

She has also worked as a light designer and operator for Teater Tamauer, and as a light/stage technician at Folkteatern, Stora Teatern and Göteborgsoperan.

Mia Kjellkvist - Production Manager

Mia 2015 1Mia is GESTs Production Manager and has been working for GEST since August 2015.
She has a MA in Theatre Studies and Cultural Administration from Lund University. Mia also studied acting at Katrinebergs Folkhögskola.
She has also previously worked at YMCA Gothenburg with theatre, art and music projects for young people. Mia has been a core member of another independent theatre in Gothenburg, Teater Eksem. She has been involved in many internationals project with countries such as England, China and India.

Katarzyna Lapot- Assistant Director


Elizabeth Neale - Assistant Producer

B-5393-BW-spotlight Elizabeth has work for GEST as the Assistant Director for YEN,  Constellations, One Day When We Were Young. She is also the Project Manager for GEST's Creative Learning Depertment. She is originally from London, where she worked as an actress, collaborating with Matthew's Yard Theatre Company and Lantern Theatre Company, and film editor, namely alongside Polaris Media and Talking Shadow Productions. She moved to Gothenburg last September and has previously worked with GEST on their 2014 production of The Woman in Black.

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YEN

Play info

GEST are delighted to present the Scandinavian premiere of YEN by Anna Jordan; winner of the prestigious Bruntwood prize for Playwriting.

 MG 1406Directed by Kristina Brändén Whitaker
Performed 4 November - 4 December 2015 at Gothenburg English Studio Theatre.

Yen, a tale of lost innocence that gets under your skin, explores a childhood lived without boundaries and the consequences of being forced to grow up on your own.

Hench is 16, Bobbie is 13. They live alone with their dog Taliban, playing Playstation, watching porn; surviving. Sometimes their chaotic mum Maggie visits, occasionally she passes out on the front lawn. But when Jenny knocks on the door the boys discover a world far beyond what they know, a world full of love, beauty, possibility and danger.

Yen was first performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester as winner of the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in February 2015. GEST will be the first to produce this funny, tender, beautiful and brutal play following on from its original production.

"In November 2015, it is not hard to see the plays acute relevance. Directed by GESTs Artistic Director Kristina Brändén Whitaker, together with the British ensemble, she has on the small intimate stage, created a naturalistic drama with an almost intrusive presence."
It is of course an excellent asset for the city and region's cultural life, to have such direct channels to the international theatre scene." Dagens Nyheter

Photo: Lina Ikse


Team

Playwright - Anna Jordan

Anna is an award winning playwright and director. Originally training as an actor, she got sick of being out of work and started writing her own parts. Since then she has never looked back. (Although she has stopped writing her own parts.) Awards include the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2013 for Yen, Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice Award for RE:Home, Best Fringe Production for Chicken Shop at Park Theatre (West End Frame Awards), Overall Winner / Audience Choice Award for Closer To God (Off Cut Festival) and Best New Writing for Just For Fun - Totally Random (Lost One Act Festival). Tomorrow I'll Be Happy by Jonathan Harvey, which Anna directed for Lost Theatre, was performed at the National Theatre Shed as part of NT Connections. Writing includes Yen (Royal Exchange), Chicken Shop (Park Theatre London), The Freedom Light (Company of Angels). Writing / Directing includes Freak (Assembly Studios / Theatre503), Stay Happy Keep Smiling (Soho Theatre), Bender (Old Red Lion), Fragments (Riverside Studios). Directing includes Tomorrow I'll Be Happy (NT Shed / Soho / Lost Theatre), Vote of No Confidence (Theatre503), Only Human (Theatre503). Her plays are also performed internationally with productions of her plays in Germany, Sweden and the USA. Anna is Artistic Director of Without a Paddle Theatre (WAP). She teaches acting and playwriting, and has taught at at RADA, LAMDA, Arts Ed and Italia Conti as well as running her own classes, and is Associate Director at Theatre503.

Kristina Brändén Whitaker - Director

Kristina is GEST's Executive Artistic Director and an actress with extensive experience in theatre, television and film both in Sweden and internationally.
Her playwright debute Expectations, in which she also played Klara, won the Fringe Award for Outstanding Theatre at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010.
Kristina is from Gothenburg but spend 13 years in London where she trained as an actress at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama. She has worked as an actress in various theatres in both the UK and Sweden. Her Television and film credits includes; the Swedish-Danish TV series Bron (The Bridge) for SVT, the international IFTA winning feature film As If I am Not There(Stella Nova Films/Wideey Films), Steven Spielberg's Band of Brothers, Peter Birro's SVT drama's Viva Hate and How Soon is Now (Upp till Kamp) and SVT's award winning Sanningen om Marika. In GEST's previous productions she has acted in Belongings, My Romantic History, Cock, Expectations, Contractions, After The End and After Miss Julie.

Jed O'Hagan as Hench

I started acting as soon as i left secondary school, firstly doing a B-Tec at college, then moving on to training at The 'Questors' theatre in Ealing. I also became a member of the National Youth Theatre. Then I auditioned for five years in row to get into Drama school. Fifth year round i got accepted into the 'Drama Centre', and have this year graduated from the 3 year BA course, Group 51. This is my debut performance since graduatuing, and cant wait to play the role of 'Hench'.

Thomas Dennis as Bobbie

Thomas' vocational training includes Sylvia Young Theatre School , The Arts Educational Schools London and the Actors Centre. He has also trained on a number of productions as a member of the Michael Grandage Futures Company (MGC).

He recently performed in Tim Sheader's production of Peter Pan at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in London. His previous Theatre Credits also include: Chalk Farm (ThickSkin, Edinburgh Fringe 2013, Brazil and New York, Brits Off Broadway 59E59),Tomorrow I'll be Happy (Lyric Hammersmith) as part of the National Theatre Connections Festival, Henry V (Eye Castle Open Air Theatre, Mouth to Mouth Productions).

His musical theatre credits: Oliver (Theatre Royal Drury Lane). Television credits: Henry V (BBC/Hollow Crown Series), Magic Grandad (BBC), and Parents (Sky TV).
Film credits: Harry Potter 9th Movie (Short Film), Hysteria (Forthcoming Productions) and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Walt Disney Pictures, dir. Mike Newell).

Jessica Hayles as Jennifer

Jessica trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

Since graduating she has performed in many theatre productions including RICHARD III and THINGS BEGINNING WITH M for Wales Millenium Centre/ Omidaze Productions, LUNA for Theatr Iolo/Theatre Hullabaloo, AFTER THE RAINFALL and AND WE WILL PLAY AGAIN for Curious Directive, HOT for Invertigo Theatre (Hightide Festival), projects with the Gate Theatre, Gallivant and the Sherman Theatre and a sell out, five star run of EARLY DOORS at Edinburgh Fringe by Not Too Tame Theatre, of which Jessica is a founding member.

Other credits include include PC Forrest in Doctor Who, The Man Who Couldn't Fly (Babycow/ BBC Comedy Pilot) and Northern Soul (BBC Radio 4).

Emma Keele as Maggie

Emma trained at LAMDA and the Stella Adler Studio (NY).
Her theatre credits include: April in Paris (UK No.1 tour), September in the Rain (UK No.1 tour), Damage (Rich Mix), Phaedra's Love (Arcola), Torn Out Pages (Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Festival), Stalker (Soho Theatre), Five Kinds of Silence (Teatro Technis), Wyrd Sisters (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), The Wasteland (UK tour) and Company (European tour). TV includes: Silent Witness, Coronation Street, Doctors, Downton Abbey and New Tricks.
Film includes Downhill, Game of Throne, Going for a Walk, Checklist, Lullaby, All You Need Is Love, Home and Am I Lost?
Emma also founded and runs Reduced Circumstances, a theatre company committed to nurturing talent and developing new work.

 

Ger Olde Monnikhof - Set and Costume Designer

Ger is a member of GEST and is GESTs theatre and set designer.

He has worked  on many of GESTs productions including; Expectations, My Romantic History, This Wide Night, Contractions, Stones in His Pockets and After The End.

Ger has worked as a freelance set designer since the late eighties and has his base at Theater Trixter, Gothenburg/Sweden.

He trained at the Royal Art Academy in The Hague, Netherlands in interior design, but has also been working with architecture as well as snow and ice sculpting.

As a set designer he has been working in various fields like theatre, opera and musicals.

His most recent credits include set designs for The wedding of Figaro (Mozart) and L'elisird'amore (Donazetti) at Folkoperan in Stockholm, Breaking the waves (von Trier/Nielsen) at Folkteatern in Gothenburg and for Trixter Monomania.

A selection of plays, operas and musicals:

Buried child, Eyes for Consuela, The lie of the mind, When the world was green (Shepard), The collector (Pinter), Winter (Fosse), Splendour (Morgan), The friends (Wesker), Lafinta di Gardinieri, Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni (Mozart), Medium, Konsuln (Menotti), La serva Padrona, Il matrionomi (Cimarosa), L'opera seria (Gasmann), Cities of angels (Coleman/Zippel), Into the woods (Sondheim), Westside story (Bernstein)

Fredrik Glahns - Lighting Designer

Fredrik is a freelance lighting designer, set designer and playwright. During the past fifteen years he has designed productions both in Sweden and internationally. His credits include theatre, dance, opera and musicals. His most recent credits include: Beauty and the Beast at Säffle Opera, Fröken Julie at Riksteatern, Leka med Elden at Kalmar Teater and Into the woods at Stora Teatern. Fredrik has been the lighting designer for eight of GEST's previous productions: Stones In His Pockets, Contractions, Cock (together with Beate Persdotter Løken), My Romantic History, This Wide Night, Fly Me To The Moon, Foxfinder and Belongings. Upcoming productions include lighting and set design for Don Juan at Malmö Opera

Karl Wassholm - Sound Designer

Karl is a freelance sound designer, audio engineer, and musician. Over the past 7 years he has worked with several companies in Gothenburg and around Sweden, as a sound designer, composer, musician, actor, and audio engineer. Credits include Teater Tamauer, Teater Blaffa, Västanå teater, RISK-teatern, Säffle Opera, among others, as well as several productions as sound designer and composer for GEST. He also works regularly at the musical theater programs at Gothenburg University and BalettAkademien i Göteborg

Mia Kjellkvist - Production Manager

 

Mia is GESTs Production Manager and has been working for GEST since August 2015.
She has a MA in Theatre Studies and Cultural Administration from Lund University. Mia also studied acting at Katrinebergs Folkhögskola.
She has also previously worked at YMCA Gothenburg with theatre, art and music projects for young people. Mia has been a core member of another independent theatre in Gothenburg, Teater Eksem. She has been involved in many internationals project with countries such as England, China and India.


Elizabeth Neale - Assistant Director

Elizabeth has work for GEST as the Assistant Director for Constellations, One Day When We Were Young. She is originally from London, where she worked as an actress, collaborating with Matthew's Yard Theatre Company and Lantern Theatre Company, and film editor, namely alongside Polaris Media and Talking Shadow Productions. She moved to Gothenburg last September and has previously worked with GEST on their 2014 production of The Woman in Black.

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CONSTELLATIONS / ONE DAY WHEN WE WERE YOUNG BY NICK PAYNE

Play info

GEST are delighted to present the Scandinavian premiere of 2 plays by Nick Payne:

litenaffischbildtillhemsidaCONSTELLATIONS, the West End and Broadway success
playing in repertoire with ONE DAY WHEN WE WERE YOUNG
13 April - 9 May 2015
There will also be exciting double bill nights ( every Friday, Saturday and also Wednesday 29 April & Thursday 7 May) where you can watch both plays at a specially reduced price. See dates and tickets.

Listed in DN as one of the FIVE BEST SHOWS to see in Sweden

"One Day When We Were Young and Constellations a beautiful and tight double bill: about love, destiny and life's inexorable unpredictability." Göteborgs-Posten
"If you're curious about contemporary British drama in classy production in the original language, you should visit GEST" Dagens Nyheter

CONSTELLATIONS by Nick Payne
In the beginning Marianne and Roland meet at a party. They go for a drink, or perhaps they don't. They fall madly in love and start dating, but eventually they break up. After a chance encounter in a supermarket they get back together, or maybe they run into each other and Marianne reveals that she's now engaged to someone else and that's that. Or perhaps Roland is engaged. Maybe they get married, or maybe their time together will be tragically short.
Nick Payne's Constellations is a play about free will and friendship; it's also about quantum multiverse theory, love, and honey.
Constellations was first produced at the legendary Royal Court, London and transferred to the West End where it was hugely successful. This month the play premiered on Broadway, New York starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

ONE DAY WHEN WE WERE YOUNG by Nick Payne
Leonard and Violet, young, restless and in love, spend their first night together knowing it may also be their last. It's 1942 and, in a hotel room in Bath, they dream of their future while preparing for Leonard's departure to the war. But the bombs begin to fall and their world will never be the same again.
In the year 2002, the couple look back at what might have been.
Examining the impact of the Second World War on two ordinary lives and a love that spans more than sixty years, Nick Payne's One Day When We Were Young premiered at the Crucible Studio, Sheffield, in October 2011 in a Paines Plough production and was celebrated by critics and audiences alike.

Väst Nytt TV report (13 April 2015): http://www.svtplay.se/klipp/2836791/framtidens-kvantfysikteater-i-majorna

Team


Jennifer Tang - Director

Jennifer is a freelance theatre and opera director, specializing in new writing and fusing theatre with music. She was resident assistant director at The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth in 2013-14. Prior to this, Jennifer was literary manager of The Space theatre in London and was a finalist in the JMK Director's Award in 2013. Jennifer is a Creative Associate at the Gate Theatre in London and is Associate Director of Reduced Circumstances Theatre Company.

As Director: For The Record (The Lab, TRP / The Prince's Trust); The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other (The Drum, TRP); There is a War; Death (The Space, London); Blow Out; Feathers; The Forum (Etcetera Theatre, London); Chasing Beckett (The London Theatre); Neil Diamond Saved My Life (Riverside Studios, London); Feathers (Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter); Shelter; Paper Queen (National tour and Bush Theatre, London); Hannah and Louis (The Gatehouse, London); Crave (The Young Vic, Clare Studio)

As Associate/Assistant Director: The Edge Of Our Bodies (The Gate Theatre, London); MAD MAN (Drum Theatre, TRP); Solid Air (Drum Theatre, TRP); Inside Wagner's Head (Royal Opera House and Theatre Royal Plymouth); The Magic Flute (Ryedale Festival & The Arcola); #AIWW: The arrest of Ai Weiwei (Hampstead Theatre, London); The Owl and The Pussycat (ROH2, Royal Opera House); There is a War; The Good Soul of Szechuan (Watford Palace Theatre); Phaedra's Love (Arcola Theatre); Rodelina (Iford Arts); Annie Get Your Gun (The Young Vic, Clare Studio)

Gary Whitaker - "Roland" in Constellations and "Leonard" in One Day When We Were Young

Gary is an actor, director and the Co-Artistic Director of GEST. He has directed many of GEST's productions including Expectations, the winner of The Fringe Review Award for Outstanding Theatre. His international directing experience includes; The Young Vic London, The Contact Theatre Manchester, The Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh. As an actor he has worked all over the world with highly respected writers and directors including Lars Von Trier, Alan Ayckbourn, Max Stafford- Clarke and Anand Tucker. His theatre credits include; leading roles in London's West End, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Royal Exchange, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Out of Joint. His TV and film credits include; the multi award-winning The Arbor, Melancholia, The Red Riding Trilogy, The Gathering, Wire in the Blood, Vincent, Waterloo Road, Sunday, In Deep, Heartbeat, The Vice, Holby City, three series of The First of the Summer Wine for BBC and Isprinsessan and 183 Dagar for SVT.
For GEST Gary has directed:Belongings, The Woman in Black,  Fly Me to the Moon,  My Romantic History, This Wide Night, Expectations, Contractions and The Collecter. He has acted in GESTs productions; The Woman in Black, Cock, Stones in His Pockets and After Miss Julie.

Claire Cordier - "Marianne" in Constellations and "Violet" in One Day When We Were Young

Claire is a British actress based in London with extensive experience in theatre and television in the UK. She trained at Webber Douglas Academy in London.
Claire's experience to date includes:
Vast White Stillness Spitalfields Festival; Collaborators National Theatre; A Midsummer Night's Dream Aquila Theatre (NY&US tour); Six Characters in Search of an Author Aquila Theatre (NY&US tour); She Stoops to Conquer Rogues Gallery; Plucker Southwark Playhouse; Four For Jericho Menagerie Theatre/Goa THiNKfest; Antigone Manchester Royal Exchange; Cymbeline Cheek by Jowl (Barbican &International Tour); Twelfth Night Oxford Shakespeare Company; Magnyficence Hampton Court Palace.
Radio: Breath BBC Radio 4
Film: Bel Ami
TV: Humans C4/Kudos; When Britain Went Bananas BBC4; Holmfirth to Hollywood BBC4

Ger Olde Monnikhof - Set and Costume Designer

Ger is a member of GEST and is GESTs theatre and set designer.

He has worked  on many of GESTs productions including; Expectations, My Romantic History, This Wide Night, Contractions, Stones in His Pockets and After The End.

Ger has worked as a freelance set designer since the late eighties and has his base at Theater Trixter, Gothenburg/Sweden.

He trained at the Royal Art Academy in The Hague, Netherlands in interior design, but has also been working with architecture as well as snow and ice sculpting.

As a set designer he has been working in various fields like theatre, opera and musicals.

His most recent credits include set designs for The wedding of Figaro (Mozart) and L'elisird'amore (Donazetti) at Folkoperan in Stockholm, Breaking the waves (von Trier/Nielsen) at Folkteatern in Gothenburg and for Trixter Monomania.

A selection of plays, operas and musicals:

Buried child, Eyes for Consuela, The lie of the mind, When the world was green (Shepard), The collector (Pinter), Winter (Fosse), Splendour (Morgan), The friends (Wesker), Lafinta di Gardinieri, Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni (Mozart), Medium, Konsuln (Menotti), La serva Padrona, Il matrionomi (Cimarosa), L'opera seria (Gasmann), Cities of angels (Coleman/Zippel), Into the woods (Sondheim), Westside story (Bernstein)

Fredrik Glahns - Lighting Designer

Fredrik is a freelance lighting designer, set designer and playwright. During the past fifteen years he has designed productions both in Sweden and internationally. His credits include theatre, dance, opera and musicals. His most recent credits include: Beauty and the Beast at Säffle Opera, Fröken Julie at Riksteatern, Leka med Elden at Kalmar Teater and Into the woods at Stora Teatern. Fredrik has been the lighting designer for eight of GEST's previous productions: Stones In His Pockets, Contractions, Cock (together with Beate Persdotter Løken), My Romantic History, This Wide Night, Fly Me To The Moon, Foxfinder and Belongings. Upcoming productions include lighting and set design for Don Juan at Malmö Opera

Karl Wassholm - Sound Designer

Karl is a freelance sound designer, audio engineer, and musician. Over the past 7 years he has worked with several companies in Gothenburg and around Sweden, as a sound designer, composer, musician, actor, and audio engineer. Credits include Teater Tamauer, Teater Blaffa, Västanå teater, RISK-teatern, Säffle Opera, among others, as well as several productions as sound designer and composer for GEST. He also works regularly at the musical theater programs at Gothenburg University and BalettAkademien i Göteborg


Ida Gustafson - Light and sound technician

Ida moved to Gothenburg in the autumn 2010, after studying Light design at Tekniska Högskolan in Jönköping. Her first production with GEST was The Woman in Black, in the winter of 2014, as a light and sound operator. Before that she has worked as a light designer and operator for Teater Tamauer, and as a light/stage technician at Folkteatern, Stora teatern and Göteborgsoperan.

Kristina Brändén Whitaker - GEST's Executive Artistic Director

Kristina is GEST's Executive Artistic Director and an actress with extensive experience in theatre, television and film both in Sweden and internationally.

Her playwright debute Expectations, in which she also played Klara, won the Fringe Award for Outstanding Theatre at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010.

Kristina is from Gothenburg but spend 13 years in London where she trained as an actress at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama. She has worked as an actress in various theatres in both the UK and Sweden. Her Television and film credits includes; the Swedish-Dansih TV series Bron (The Bridge) for SVT, the international IFTA winning feature film As If I am Not There(Stella Nova Films/Wideey Films), Steven Spielberg's Band of Brothers, Peter Birro's  SVT drama's Viva Hate and How Soon is Now (Upp till Kamp) and SVT's award winning Sanningen om Marika. In GEST's previous productions she has acted in Belongings, My Romantic History, Cock, Expectations, Contractions, After The End and After Miss Julie.

Amanda Wigand - Production Manager

Amanda has a vocational degree in production/project management from Kulturverkstan in Gothenburg and has studied History of Science and Ideas as well as Gender studies. Amanda was the assistant director for the GEST production This Wide Night 2011 and has been involved in various theatre productions and performing arts projects, most recently as seminar coordinator at bibu.se, performing arts biennial for children and youth in Lund.


Elizabeth Neale - Assistant Director

Elizabeth is the Assistant Director for Constellations and One Day When We Were Young. She is originally from London, where she worked as an actress, collaborating with Matthew's Yard Theatre Company and Lantern Theatre Company, and film editor, namely alongside Polaris Media and Talking Shadow Productions. She moved to Gothenburg last September and has previously worked with GEST on their 2014 production of The Woman in Black.

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Trailer

 

THE WOMAN IN BLACK

Play info

THE WOMAN IN BLACK by STEPHEN MALLATRATT and SUSAN HILL:
3–13 December at Stockholms Stadsteater, 10–29  November at GEST, 13–14 November at Borås Stadsteater, 27 November at Vara Konserthus

 

saljbild.wib kopia"Gary Whitaker and David Whitworth play their Director and Actor with dry irony, presence and virtuosity." Dagens Nyheter
"I can warmly recommend anyone with a liking for tickling ghost stories to visit Stockholms Stadsteater this winter."
Kulturbloggen
"Exciting, scary
but also fun" Göteborgs-Posten
"As usual a very professional production with excellent acting performances"
GT
"GEST presents us with brilliant horror theatre"
Göteborgs Fria Tidning


The celebrated and terrifying ghost story haunts Sweden!
Solicitor Arthur Kipps is summoned to attend the funeral of an old lady, unaware of the tragic secret that lies behind her death. When he glimpses a wasted young woman dressed all in black at the funeral, a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold. A feeling that is only deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black – and her terrible purpose.

Years later, as an old man, he recounts his experiences to an actor in a desperate attempt to exorcise the ghosts of the past. The play unfolds as the two men act out the solicitor's eerie experiences all those years ago.

Stephen Mallatratt's eminent stage adaption of Susan Hill's horror novel is one of the most exciting and gripping theatre events ever staged and has had huge success all over the world. GEST are proud to be the first to present this blood-curdling ghost story in its original language to Gothenburg and Sweden. The Woman in Black had its premiere at Gothenburg English Studio Theatre last November 2013 and due to popular demand, we are delighted to bring it back here at GEST and also touring to Stockholm Stadsteater, Borås Stadsteater and Vara Konserthus.




Photo: Lina Ikse


Dates/Tickets

Tickets:

Stockholms Stadsteater:http://kulturhusetstadsteatern.se/Teater/Fri-Scen/Pjaser/2014/The-Woman-in-Black/
To make a school booking for Stockholm please become a "skolombud": http://kulturhusetstadsteatern.se/Biljetter/Ombud/Anmal-dig-som-skolombud/
Or contact GEST on 031-425065 or info[at]gest.se



Dates:
At Stockholms Stadsteater:
Wednesday 3 December at 13:00
Wednesday 3 December at 19:00
Thursday 4 December at 19:00
Friday 5 December at 13:00
Friday 5 December at 19:00
Saturday 6 December at 19:00
Tuesday 9 December at 13:00
Tuesday 9 December at 19:00
Wednesday 10 December at 19:00
Thursday 11 December at 13:00
Thursday 11 December at 19:00
Friday 12 December at 19:00
Saturday 13 December at 19:00

 

At Gothenburg English Studio Theatre:

10–29 November

At Borås Stadsteater:
13–14 November

At Vara Konserthus:
27 November

 

 

Location

Stockholms Stadsteater: Kilen, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern. Sergels torg, Entrance: Plattan. Entry by Designtorget
Gothenburg English Studio Theatre:
Chapmans Torg 10, Göteborg
Parking:
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Borås Stadsteater: Regionteater Väst

Vara Konserthus: http://www.varakonserthus.se/index.php/ditt-besok/hitta-hit

 

 

Team

Gary Whitaker - Co-Director and playing the part of "The Actor"

Gary is an actor, director and the Co-Artistic Director of GEST. He has directed many of GEST's productions including Expectations, the winner of The Fringe Review Award for Outstanding Theatre. His international directing experience includes; The Young Vic London, The Contact Theatre Manchester, The Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh. As an actor he has worked all over the world with highly respected writers and directors including Lars Von Trier, Alan Ayckbourn, Max Stafford- Clarke and Anand Tucker. His theatre credits include; leading roles in London's West End, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Royal Exchange, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Out of Joint. His TV and film credits include; the multi award-winning The Arbor, Melancholia, The Red Riding Trilogy, The Gathering, Wire in the Blood, Vincent, Waterloo Road, Sunday, In Deep, Heartbeat, The Vice, Holby City, three series of The First of the Summer Wine for BBC and Isprinsessan and 183 Dagar for SVT.
For GEST Gary has directed:Belongings, The Woman in Black,  Fly Me to the Moon,  My Romantic History, This Wide Night, Expectations, Contractions and The Collecter. He has acted in GESTs productions; The Woman in Black, Cock, Stones in His Pockets and After Miss Julie.

Johan Friberg - Co-Director

Johan is an actor, director and playwright. He has directed productions for Angereds Teater, Folkteatern, Teater Tamauer and The Swedish Radio. He has also written plays for these companies. As an actor he has worked for Folkteatern, Angereds Teater, Backa Teater, Teater Tamauer and others. He has also appeared in Film and TV Productions.

David Whitworth - as "Arthur Kipps"

Theatre includes: The widowing of Mrs Holroyd, The Thunderbolt, Mary Goes First, A Journey to London, Double Double, Trifles, Sauce for the Goose, King Lear, Magnificence (Orange Tree Theatre); Pride and Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry V, As You Like It, The Dark Lady of the Sonnets, Love's Labours Lost, (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre); Sleeping Beauty (Aylesbury Waterside); London Wall (Finborough and St James Theatre); Rigor Mortis (Finborough); Aladdin (Bristol Hippodrome); The Second Mrs Tanqueray (Rose, Kingston); Vieux Carre (King's Head and Charing Cross); London Assurance (National Theatre); Wuthering Heights (Birmingham Rep); The Mousetrap (St Martin's Theatre).

TV includes: Alan Titchmarsh Show, The Bill, Nicholas Nickleby, Jasper Carrott, Big Deal, Poldark, Miss Jones and Son, Colditz, Z Cars, Coronation Street, A Family at War, Barlow, Armchair Theatre

Films includes: Love's Kitchen, Little Dorrit.

Ger Olde Monnikhof - Set and Costume Designer

Ger is a member of GEST and is GESTs theatre and set designer.

He has worked  on many of GESTs productions including; Expectations, My Romantic History, This Wide Night, Contractions, Stones in His Pockets and After The End.

Ger has worked as a freelance set designer since the late eighties and has his base at Theater Trixter, Gothenburg/Sweden.

He trained at the Royal Art Academy in The Hague, Netherlands in interior design, but has also been working with architecture as well as snow and ice sculpting.

As a set designer he has been working in various fields like theatre, opera and musicals.

His most recent credits include set designs for The wedding of Figaro (Mozart) and L'elisird'amore (Donazetti) at Folkoperan in Stockholm, Breaking the waves (von Trier/Nielsen) at Folkteatern in Gothenburg and for Trixter Monomania.

A selection of plays, operas and musicals:

Buried child, Eyes for Consuela, The lie of the mind, When the world was green (Shepard), The collector (Pinter), Winter (Fosse), Splendour (Morgan), The friends (Wesker), Lafinta di Gardinieri, Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni (Mozart), Medium, Konsuln (Menotti), La serva Padrona, Il matrionomi (Cimarosa), L'opera seria (Gasmann), Cities of angels (Coleman/Zippel), Into the woods (Sondheim), Westside story (Bernstein)


Patrick Najman - Lighting Designer

Ida Gustafson - Light and sound technician

Kristina Brändén Whitaker - GEST's Executive Artistic Director

Kristina is GEST's Executive Artistic Director and an actress with extensive experience in theatre, television and film both in Sweden and internationally.

Her playwright debute Expectations, in which she also played Klara, won the Fringe Award for Outstanding Theatre at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010.

Kristina is from Gothenburg but spend 13 years in London where she trained as an actress at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama. She has worked as an actress in various theatres in both the UK and Sweden. Her Television and film credits includes; the Swedish-Dansih TV series Bron (The Bridge) for SVT, the international IFTA winning feature film As If I am Not There(Stella Nova Films/Wideey Films), Steven Spielberg's Band of Brothers, Peter Birro's  SVT drama's Viva Hate and How Soon is Now (Upp till Kamp) and SVT's award winning Sanningen om Marika. In GEST's previous productions she has acted in Belongings, My Romantic History, Cock, Expectations, Contractions, After The End and After Miss Julie.

Amanda Wigand - Production Manager

Amanda has a vocational degree in production/project management from Kulturverkstan in Gothenburg and has studied History of Science and Ideas as well as Gender studies. Amanda was the assistant director for the GEST production This Wide Night 2011 and has been involved in various theatre productions and performing arts projects, most recently as seminar coordinator at bibu.se, performing arts biennial for children and youth in Lund.

Rike Berg - Stage Manager

Rike has recently finished her studies of Media and Culture Sciences at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. She has gained experience in various positions of several music, arts and film festivals in France and Germany, such as "Les Tombées de la Nuit" or "Yiddish Summer Weimar". Also, she has been involved in a number of film, TV and theatre productions as Production Assistant, Set Manager or Assistant for Public Relations, for example at Exeter's Bike Shed Theatre.

 

 

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Trailer

 

Trailer made by Nicklas Dahlström

 

GROUNDED

Play info

GROUNDED by GEORGE BRANT 15 - 26 September 2014

Lucy Ellinson in GROUNDED Photo  Iona Firouzabadi7Gothenburg English Studio Theatre presents the original award-winning production from Gate Theatre, London
GROUNDED by George Brant

Directed by Christopher Haydon
Starring Lucy Ellinson – Nominated for Best Female Performance at the Evening Standard Awards and the Off West-End Theatre Awards

"A searing piece of writing, and gets the blistering performance it deserves from Ellinson." The Guardian

"An essential story for our times." The Scotsman

★★★★★                                       ★★★★
The Scotsman                             The Times
Evening Standard                        The Guardian
WhatsOnStage                            The Sunday Times
Exeunt                                        The Independent

 

Photo: Iona Firouzabadi

She's a hot-rod F16 fighter pilot. She's pregnant. Her career in the sky is over. Now, she sits in an air-conditioned trailer in Las Vegas flying remote-controlled drones over the Middle East. She struggles through surreal 12 hours shifts far from the battlefield hunting terrorists by day and being a wife and mother by night.

Winner of a Fringe First award (2013), Grounded is a gripping, compulsive new play that flies from the heights of lyricism to the shallows of workaday existence. This extraordinary play targets our assumptions about war, family, and what it is to be a woman.

Grounded will perform from 15th of September to 26th of September at Gothenburg English Studio Theatre. Be sure not to miss this fantastic play!

Tickets are now on sale through Kulturpunkten. For school bookings, please contact GEST directly on: 031 425065 or info[at]gest.se

Grounded is supported by Arts Council England and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

Dates/Tickets

Tickets:

Tickets are on sale through Kulturpunkten:
Book online and buy directly HERE
Via telephone 031 368 32 99 or visit the box office at Stora Teatern (open Mon-Fri at 12-18 & Sat at 10-14)

Please note that during the summer period between 17 June to 11 August you will only be able to buy tickets online and not make a reservation online.
For matinees, school bookings, group bookings, special bookings and other booking enquiries please contact GEST directly on 031 42 50 65, info[at]gest.se

Price:175 SEK (140 SEK for pensioners and 120 SEK for students and unemployed)

Dates:

Evening performances:
Monday 15 September at 19:00 (premiere)
Tuesday 16 September at 19:00 (sold out)
Wednesday 17 September at 19:00
Thursday 18 September at 19:00
Friday 19 September at 19:00
Monday 22 September at 19:00 (few tickets left)
Tuesday 23 September at 19:00
Wednesday 24 September at 19:00
Thursday 25 September at 19:00
Friday 26 September at 19:00

Matinee performances (please book through GEST):
Monday 15 September at 13:00 (sold out)
Wednesday 17 September at 13:00 (sold out)
Friday 19 September at 13:00 (sold out)
Monday 22 September at 13:00 (sold out)
Wednesday 24 September at 13:00 (sold out)

Location

At GEST theatre located on Chapmans Torg

Parking:

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Team

George Brant - Writer

George Brant's plays in addition to Grounded include Elephant's Graveyard, The Mourners' Bench, Any Other Name, Salvage, Grizzly Mama, Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile, and Dark Room. A Core Writer at the Playwright's Center, his scripts have been produced internationally by Trinity Repertory Company, the Studio Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Page 73, and the Traverse Theatre, among others. He has received a Kennedy Center National Playwriting Award, the Smith Prize, an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, a Creative Workforce Fellowship, an NNPN Rolling World Premiere, two OAC Individual Excellence Awards, and the Keene Prize for Literature. He has been awarded writing fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the McCarter Theatre Center, Blue Mountain Center, the Djerassi Resident Artist's Program, and the Michener Center for Writers. He is published by Samuel French, Oberon Books and Smith & Kraus.

Christopher Haydon- Director

Christopher is Artistic Director at the Gate Theatre and formerly an Associate Director at the Bush Theatre. Credits include: Grounded, Trojan Women, Purple Heart, The Prophet, Wittenburg (Gate), Twelve Angry Men (Birmingham Rep/West End), Sixty-Six Books, In the Beginning (Bush Theatre/Westminster Abbey); A Safe Harbour for Elizabeth Bishop (Southbank Centre); Grace, Pressure Drop (On Theatre); Deep Cut (Sherman Cymru/National Tour); Monsters, Notes from Underground (Arcola); A Number (Salisbury Playhouse).

Starring - Lucy Ellinson

ellinson-lucyLucy is an actor and theatre maker, specialising in devised and experimental performance and international new writing. She is an associate artist with Third Angel and Forest Fringe. Previous credits for the Gate include: the Chorus in Trojan Women, Julian Assange in Tenet (Greyscale Theatre/Gate Theatre) Previous theatre credits include: Oh The Humanity! and other good intentions (Northern Stage; Soho Theatre); Presumption (Third Angel); Money: The Game Show, Mission to Mars, The Swing Left, Tangle (Unlimited Theatre); 3rd Ring Out, Two Perspectives (Metis Arts); Where We Meet, Who We Are, Speed death of the Radiant Child, Homemade (Chris Goode); A Thousand Shards of Glass (Jane Packman Co.); 15 Minutes Live, They Only Come at Night, Helium (Slung Low); Monsters (dir: Christopher Haydon, Arcola); Land Without Words (dir: Lydia Ziemke) #TORYCORE (Forest Fringe, Gate Theatre, The Arches Brick Award). Radio credits include: The Fall (Clare Duffy).

Set Designer - Oli Townsend

Oli trained at RWCMD and is an Associate Artist at the Gate Theatre. Previous credits for the Gate include: Wittenberg. Other set and costume design credits include: Rodelinda (Scottish Opera); Macbeth (Blackheath Community Opera); Hitchcock Blonde (Hull Truck); A Beginning, A Middle, and An End (Greyscale/Scottish Tour); The Merchant of Venice (Creation Theatre); Gods are Fallen and All Safety Gone (Greyscale/Almeida Festival); Blood Wedding (Royal and Derngate); Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be (Union); .45 (Hampstead); The Barber of Seville (Opera Up Close); INTRIGUE/LOVE (Southwark Playhouse); Narcissus (Roundhouse); The Grimm Bros' Circus (Bath Theatre Royal & En Masse Theatre); For All Time, The Memory of Water, Blackbird (Theatre By The Lake). Costume design credits include: Wozzeck (ENO); The Lighthouse (ROH Linbury); Big Maggie (Druid). Oli is one of the Gate's Jerwood Young Designers for 2013.

Lighting Designer - Mark Howland

Mark studied, briefly, at Oxford University prior to training in Stage Lighting Design at RADA. Previous credits for the Gate include: Purple Heart, The Trojan Women, The Prophet, The Kreutzer Sonata (2012 revival), Yerma, Wittenberg, The Kreutzer Sonata (2009), Vanya. Other theatre credits include: Hitchcock Blonde (Hull Truck); Ignorance (Hampstead Theatre); Canvas (Chichester Festival); Ghosts, Sweeney Todd (Aarhus Theatre, Denmark); Singin in the Rain (New Theatre, Copenhagen); Entertaining Mr. Sloane, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Absurd Person Singular, Molly Sweeney, Translations (Curve); Measure for Measure (Sherman Cymru); Bea, Pressure Drop, On Religion (On Theatre); Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (Vienna's English Theatre); Dick Turpin's Last Ride, Much Ado About Nothing, Cider with Rosie, The Merchant of Venice (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds); The Man Jesus, Uncle Vanya, , Dockers, The Home Place(Lyric Theatre, Belfast); A Number (Salisbury Playhouse); Topless Mum (Tobacco Factory); Monsters (Arcola Theatre); The Pains of Youth (Belgrade Theatre).

Sound Designer - Tom Gibbons

Tom trained at Central School of Speech and Drama. Recent theatre credits includes: Lion Boy (Complicite); As You Like It (RSC); Julius Caesar (Donmar); The Spire (Salisbury Playhouse); London (Paines Plough); Roundabout Season (Shoreditch Town Hall, Paines Plough); The Rover (Hampton Court Palace); Love Love Love (Royal Court); Island (National Theatre, Tour); Romeo & Juliet (Headlong); Disco Pigs (Young Vic); Dead Heavy Fantastic (Liverpool Everyman); Plenty (Crucible Studio, Sheffield); Encourage The Others (Almeida); Wasted (Paines Plough, Tour); Chalet Lines, The Knowledge, Little Platoons, 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (Bush Theatre); The Hairy Ape, Shivered, Faith, Hope and Charity, The Hostage, Toad (Southwark Playhouse); Sold (503); The Chairs (Ustinov Bath); The Country, The Road To Mecca, The Roman Bath, 1936, The Shawl (Arcola); Utopia, Bagpuss, Everything Must Go, Soho Streets (Soho Theatre); Hitchcock Blonde (Hull Truck). Credits as Associate include: A Season in the Congo (Young Vic); Choir Boy (Royal Court); Broken Space Season (Bush Theatre).

Video Design - Benjamin Waldon

Video design credits include: PIIGS (Royal Court); The Universal Machine (New Diorama); Mare Rider (Arcola Theatre); Kiss of the Spider Woman (Arts Ed); Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical (Union Theatre). Credits as touring Video Supervisor include: Menage A Trois, Macbeth (National Theatre of Scotland); Lovesong (Frantic Assembly). This role is funded by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, as part of the Jerwood Young Designers Programme at the Gate.

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BELONGINGS

Play info

BELONGINGS by MORGAN LLOYD MALCOLM: 13 MARCH - 12 APRIL 2014
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Gothenburg English Studio Theatre presents
The Scandinavian premiere of BELONGINGS by the young female award-winning playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm.

GESTs production of Belongings has received fantastic reviews in the press.

"With effective staging and sterling performances, GEST make Belongings a direct hit"

Belongings is an explosive yet tender and witty play about four individuals desperately defending the choices they've made, whilst struggling to find a place to belong.

A young female soldier returns from Afghanistan to a home she no longer recognises or connects with. From the deserts of a modern war to the battleground of a family kitchen, she navigates family politics, old relationships, and the memory of betrayal.
Belongings is performed in it's original language, English.

Directed by Gary Whitaker
Cast: Zahra Ahmadi, Max Gold, Kristina Brändén Whitaker and Bradley Gardner
Set design: Ger Olde Monnikhof
Light desing: Fredrik Glahns
Sound design: Karl Wassholm
Photos: Lina Ikse

Images

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Teasers & trailer

 

View the official promotional trailer for BELONGINGS:

 

 View the third teaser for BELONGINGS and meet Jim, Deb's dad:

 

 View the second teaser for BELONGINGS and meet Jo, Deb's friend and new stepmum:

 

View the first teaser for BELONGINGS and meet Sarko, Deb's army mate:

 

 

 

 

 

Foxfinder

Play info

affisch.foxfinderFOXFINDER by DAWN KING

Directed by Abbey Wright
GEST is delighted to present the Scandinavian premiere of Foxfinder by Dawn King, opening at our studio theatre at Chapmans Torg 9 April 2013.
"You, Foxfinder, must be clean in body and mind. Always remember that the smallest fault in your character could become a crack into which the beast may insinuate himself, like water awaiting the freeze that will smash the stone apart."
William Bloor, a Foxfinder, arrives at Sam and Judith Covey's farm to investigate a suspected contamination. What follows will change the course of all their lives, forever. Foxfinder is a gripping, unsettling and darkly comic exploration of belief, desire and responsibility.
Tickets are on sale through GEST 031- 42 50 65 or info[at]gest.se

Interview with the writer Dawn King in GP (scenvår 2013): "I'm very excited that the play will reach a wider audience and outside England. Ever since I heard that GEST wanted to produce it, everyone has been telling me how fantastic they are to work with and how wonderful it is in Gothenburg"

Cast: Jack Bannon, Owen Sharpe, Emily Aston and Kristina Brändén Whitaker

"The actors are an excellent, tight quartet... Together, the ensemble creates a tight and exciting hunt for foxes and peace of mind... The play has won several awards, and Gests staging provides excellent proof of why... (Lis Hellström Sveningson GP

 

Dates/Tickets

Tickets can be booked through GEST 031- 42 50 65 or info[at]gest.se

Price: 170 SEK (140 SEK for pensioners and 120 SEK for students and unemployed)

Dates:

Evening performances at 7 pm:

Tuesday 9 April at 7pm

Wednesday 10 April at 7 pm

Thursday 11 April at 7 pm

Friday 12 April at 7 pm

Tuesday 16 April at 7pm

Wednesday 17 April at 7 pm

Thursday 18 April at 7 pm

Friday 19 April at 7 pm

Saturday 20 April at 7 pm

Tuesday 23 April at 7 pm

Wednesday 24 April at 7 pm

Thursday 25 April at 7 pm

Friday 26 April at 7 pm

Saturday 27 April at 7 pm

Monday 29 April at 7 pm

Thursday 2 May at 7 pm

Friday 3 May at 7 pm

Saturday 4 May at 7 pm

Tuesday 7 May at 7 pm IN LERUM (For tickets, please call 0302-522004 or visit www.webbiljett.se/lerum)

Wednesday 8 May at 7 pm

Thursday 9 May at 7 pm

 

Matinée performances at 1.30 pm:

Tuesday 9 April at 1.30 pm

Thursday 11 April at 1.30 pm

Monday 15 April at 1.30 pm

Tuesday 16 April at 1.30 pm

Friday 19 April at 1.30 pm

Monday 22 April at 1.30 pm

Thursday 25 April at 1.30 pm

Monday 29 April at 1.30 pm

Thursday 2 May at 1.30 pm

Friday 3 May at 1.30 pm

At GEST (Chapmans Torg 10, Gothenburg)

Location

At GEST theatre located on Chapmans Torg

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Images

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FLY ME TO THE MOON

Play info

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By Marie Jones

Directed by Gary Whitaker

GEST is delighted to present the Scandinavian premiere of Fly Me To The Moon by Marie Jones, opening at our new theatre at Chapmans Torg 7 November 2012.

A hilarious new black comedy from the award-winning writer of Stones in His Pockets. The award-winning playwright Marie Jones also wrote Stones in His Pockets that GEST had a hugh success with in 2009.

“I dream about money Francis, do you? … Maybe people like us aren’t meant to have that kind of money.”

Davy Magee, 84, leads a lonely life whose only regular company are care workers Loretta and Francis. When he unexpectedly dies one day leaving an unclaimed pension the carers find themselves facing a moral dilemma.

“We clean up piss and shit for 6 quid an hour. They owe us that money

With few opportunities and unemployed husbands the women make decisions, which escalate events beyond their control.

Performing dates: 7 November- 7 December 2012.

Director: Gary Whitaker

Cast: Francis: Antoinette Morelli, Loretta: Emma Deegan

A dark Farce that makes you feel good......... GEST is welcomed and is becoming  an important reference point among the city theatre stages " GP (Tomas Forser)

Gothenburg's only English-language theater company is becoming a small cultural institution .... Fly me to the Moon is a humorous packed social critique and also a feel-good piece. ...... To put it shortly GEST has done it again. GT (Liv Landell)

To view reviews click here

Team

Gary Whitaker - Director

Gary Whitaker is an actor, director and the Associate Director of GEST.  He has directed many of GEST's productions including Expectations, the winner of The Fringe Review Award for Outstanding Theatre. His international directing experience includes; The Young Vic London, The Contact Theatre Manchester, The Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh. As an actor he has worked all over the world with highly respected writers and directors including Lars Von Trier, Alan Aykbourn, Max Staffor- Clarke and Anand Tucker. His theatre credits include; leading roles in London's West End, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Royal Exchange, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Out of Joint. His TV and film credits include; the multi award-winning The Arbor, Melancholia, The Red Riding Trilogy, The Gathering, Wire in the Blood, Vincent, Waterloo Road, Sunday, In Deep, Heartbeat, The Vice, Holby City, three series of The First of the Summer Wine for BBC and Isprinsessan and 183 Dagar for SVT.
For GEST Gary has directed: My Romantic History, This Wide Night, Expectations, Contractions and The Collecter. He has acted in GESTs productions; Cock, Stones in His Pockets and After Miss Julie.

Antoinette Morelli as 'Francis'

 

Antoinette is currently based in Belfast and is delighted to have the opportunity to be working with GEST for the first time.

She lived and worked in New York for three years and trained at Queens University in Belfast and the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. She has worked extensively in Theatre, TV and Film.

Theatre credits include: Titans; The west awakes and The waiting room (all for Kabosh Theatre Company); Lay up yer ends (at the grand Opera House in Belfast for GBL Productions); A Happy Medium (at the grand Opera House Belfast); A Midsummer Nights Dream (Bruiser Theatre Company) and Groundwater/pilgrim (Prime Cut Theatre Company).

Television and film credits include A Whole Lotta Sole by Terry George, The Fall (BBC); Betrayal of Trust (BBC); Pulling Moves (BBC) and Give My Head Peace (BBC).

Antoinette is also a trained Drama Facilitator and tutor and has worked throughout Northern Ireland and has designed and run drama courses at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast.

Emma Deegan as 'Loretta'

 

 Emma Deegan trained at The Oxford School of Drama.

Theatre credits include Bash (Karamel Club); The Love of the Nightingale (Waterloo East Theatre); A Doll's House (The Arcola Theatre); Why Eye My Thigh (at the Wilson Studio, Royal Court); As You Like It (Cambridge Shakespeare Festival); The Soft of Her Palm (Finborough Theatre); Bed Behaviour (Frantic Assembly and Prime Cut Productions); The Claim (Hampstead Theatre); Twelfth Night (Greenwich Playhouse); Macbeth (Broadway Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Cambridge Shakespeare Festival); On a Starless Night (The Roundhouse); Singers (Theatre 503); Collapsing Colonies (Mercury Theatre); ThereseRaquin (Theatre Royal Haymarket) Shooting Ducks (Theatre Delicatessen); Touched (Battersea Arts Centre) and Animal Farm (at Oxford Botanic Gardens).

Film Credits include John directed by Mikaela Ayres; Communion directed by Andrea Harkin; The Boat That Rocked directed by Richard Curtis; Chlorophyll directed by Akifa Mian and The Letter directed by Karen Stowe.

This is Emma’s first visit to Sweden and she is delighted to be playing Loretta in GESTs production of Fly Me to the Moon.

Fredrik Glahns - Lighting Designer

Fredrik is a freelance lighting designer and playwright. During the past twelve years he has designed for about 100 productions in Sweden, Denmark, Germany and New York. His work has been mostly in theatre, but his credits also include dance, opera and musicals. Fredrik debuted as a playwright 2009, with En föreställning om ingenting at Masthuggsteatern, Gothenburg, and 2010 his play Ålhålet was performed at Teater Replica, Stockholm. His new play Lämmelman opens in January 2012, produced by Orkestern in Stockholm at Teater Replica.
Fredrik has been the lighting designer for GEST's four latest productions, Stones in his Pockets, Contractions, Cock (together with Beate Persdotter Løken) and This Wide Night

Karl Wassholm – Sound Designer

Karl is a freelance musician and composer. He has featured on recordings with such artists and bands as Darkwater, Little Green, Strandvägen, Dan Viktor and Gunnar Kjellström & Fridens Liljor. He has written and performed music for Teater Tamauer and Teater Blaffa among others, as well as for a number of short films.

Ger Olde Monnikhof - Set and Costume Designer

Ger is a member of GEST and is GESTs theatre and set designer.

He has worked  on many of GESTs productions including; Expectations, My Romantic History, This Wide Night, Contractions, Stones in His Pockets and After The End.

Ger has worked as a freelance set designer since the late eighties and has his base at Theater Trixter, Gothenburg/Sweden.

He trained at the Royal Art Academy in The Hague, Netherlands in interior design, but has also been working with architecture as well as snow and ice sculpting.

As a set designer he has been working in various fields like theatre, opera and musicals.

His most recent credits include set designs for The wedding of Figaro (Mozart) and L'elisird'amore (Donazetti) at Folkoperan in Stockholm, Breaking the waves (von Trier/Nielsen) at Folkteatern in Gothenburg and for Trixter Monomania.

A selection of plays, operas and musicals:

Buried child, Eyes for Consuela, The lie of the mind, When the world was green (Shepard), The collector (Pinter), Winter (Fosse), Splendour (Morgan), The friends (Wesker), Lafinta di Gardinieri, Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni (Mozart), Medium, Konsuln (Menotti), La serva Padrona, Il matrionomi (Cimarosa), L'opera seria (Gasmann), Cities of angels (Coleman/Zippel), Into the woods (Sondheim), Westside story (Bernstein)

Amanda Wigand - Producer/Production Manager

Amanda has a vocational degree in production/project management from Kulturverkstan in Gothenburg and has studied Gender studies at Lund University. Amanda was the assistant director for the GEST production This Wide Night 2011 and has been involved in various theatre productions and performing arts projects, most recently as seminar coordinator at bibu.se, performing arts biennial for children and youth in Lund.

Kristina Brändén Whitaker - Artistic Director

Kristina is GEST's Artistic Director and an actress with extensive experience in theatre, television and film both in Sweden and internationally.

Her playwright debute Expectations, in which she also played Klara, won the Fringe Award for Outstanding Theatre at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010.

Kristina is from Gothenburg but spend 13 years in London where she trained as an actress at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama. She has worked as an actress in various theatres in both the UK and Sweden. Her Television and film credits includes; the Swedish-Danish TV series Bron (The Bridge) for SVT, Johan Falk for Fladen Film the international IFTA winning feature film As If I am Not There(Stella Nova Films/Wideey Films), Steven Spielberg's Band of Brothers, Peter Birro's award winning SVT drama How Soon is Now (Upp till Kamp) and SVT's award winning Sanningen om Marika.

In GEST's previous productions she has acted in My Romantic History, Cock, Expectations, Contractions, After The End and After Miss Julie.

Wisaal Abrahams - Assistant Director

Wisaal has just recently moved to Göteborg Sweden from Cape Town South Africa. Back home she started her career at Cape Town Television, where she worked on human rights and culturally  based television shows; doing research, coordinating shoots, set building, and producing in house productions. Thereafter she continued with human rights work at Street Talk SA, a production company that produces topical and political documentaries for television. Wisaal has also worked at Penguin Films as an assistant director for two local sitcoms and had freelanced on her own in Cape Town, doing music videos and photoshoots for local and international artists. She is delighted to come on board as GEST's Assistant Director for this production of Fly Me To The Moon.

 

EXPECTATIONS

Play info

 

THE AWARD WINNING VERSION OF EXPECTATIONS by Kristina Brändén Whitaker

18 April-12 May at Folkteatern in Gothenburg

Directed by Gary Whitaker and designed by Ger Olde Monnikhofexpectations_gest_image3

Cast: Andrew Sheridan, Sally Walsh,  Jonas Sjöqvist and Kristina Brändén Whitaker

Produced in collaboration with Folkteatern

Look at the trailer here!

Expectations won the prestigious Fringe Review Award for Outstanding Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010 and received many 5 and 4 stars reviews.

Based on the authors own experience, Expectations is an honest, moving, hard hitting and often funny play. Two couples- one English, one Swedish - both prepare for the birth of their child but things don't turn out the way they had imagined. The play follows their different paths and in the end all four are brought together. There are choices to be made, fears and secrets to share.

For nine months I had been preparing for the biggest journey of my life. I had been waiting expectantly...My suitcase was packed and I was ready. But we never could have prepared ourselves for the destination or the arrival.

“Everything GEST portrays is with such power and care”….. “a play that is able to surprise by being deeply sad, but at the same time very entertaining. The performance is formidably well played” Tomas Forser GP (20 April 2012)

***** 5 stars from Fringe Review (5th August)
"This play is heart-breaking and heart-warming, powerful and poignant, morally-challenging and morally-uplifting.....when the play is over, you feel privileged to have seen it. It really is that good." -
Fringe Review

**** "Brims with insight, humanity and humour" -
Whats On Stage

"Snappy, Raw and Heartfelt" -The Gothenburg Times

"A real Gem of a play.....written with honesty, elegance and wit throughout" -Public Reviews

To view reviews click here

Dates/Tickets

Tickets will be handled soon through Folkteatern on 031 60 75 75 or book online

Price: 110-180 SEK

Team

Gary Whitaker - Director

Gary Whitaker is an actor, director and the Associate Director of GEST.  He has directed many of GEST's productions including Expectations, the winner of The Fringe Review Award for Outstanding Theatre. His international directing experience includes; The Young Vic London, The Contact Theatre Manchester, The Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh. As an actor he has worked all over the world with highly respected writers and directors including Lars Von Trier, Alan Aykbourn, Max Staffor- Clarke and Anand Tucker. His theatre credits include; leading roles in London's West End, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Royal Exchange, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Out of Joint. His TV and film credits include; the multi award-winning The Arbor, Melancholia, The Red Riding Trilogy, The Gathering, Wire in the Blood, Vincent, Waterloo Road, Sunday, In Deep, Heartbeat, The Vice, Holby City, three series of The First of the Summer Wine for BBC and Isprinsessan and 183 Dagar for SVT.
For GEST Gary has directed: My Romantic History, This Wide Night, Expectations, Contractions and The Collecter. He has acted in GESTs productions; Cock, Stones in His Pockets and After Miss Julie.

Andrew Sheridan as 'Paul'

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Andrew is an actor and an award-winning playwright. He’s debut play Winterlong (Vintertid) won the Royal Exchange Theatre Bruntwood Playwriting competition that recently played at Göteborgs Stadsteater, receiving rave reviews.

Andrew trained as an actor at Rose Bruford and has performed extensively in award winning theatre, TV and film.  Theatre credits includes; Being Friends, Antigone, John and Otto, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Across Oka and Port all for The Royal Exchange Theatre, One Day when We were Young and The Sound of Heavy Rain for Paines Plough, A thousand Stars Explodes in the Sky for The Lyric Hammersmith, Holes in the Skin for Chichester Minerva Theatre.

His TV and Film credits include; Heartbeat and Kingdom for ITV, Coronation Street and Cold Blood for Granada Television, Shameless - Series 3 for Company Productions, Buried for World Production, Clocking Off and Night Flight for BBC Television.

Sally Walsh as 'Theresa'

 

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Sally is originally from Yorkshire in the north of England but has lived in London for the past 5 years.

Sally started her acting career aged 8 years old in the TV series Tumbledown Farm, since then she has worked with the likes of Sir Peter Ustinov, Tom Courtenay and Timothy West with her film and TV credits including The Old Curiosity Shop (Disney), Smokescreen, Heartbeat, The Ward, Emmerdale, Cold Feet, Where The Heart Is, The Bill, Doctors, Between the Sheets, Real Men. Her theatre credits include Sunbeam Terrace at the West Yorkshire playhouse.

Jonas Sjöqvist  as 'Mattias'

Jonas Sjöqvist trained at Teaterhögskolan in Göteborg.  He is a part of the regular ensemble at Folkteatern. Jonas is currently seen in Folkteatern’s Vinter and receiving rave reviews for his performance. Jonas othet theatre credits at Folkteatern includes;  Apatiska för Nybörjare, Heliga Johanna från slakthuset, Skalv, Orestin, Shortcuts, Tre Kärlekar, Mordet på en F.d. Komiker and Simon och Ekarna.

His TV and Film credit includes: The SVT Emmy winner: Sanningen om Marika, Kommissarie Winter, Irene Huss-Nattrond and Johan Falk.

Kristina Brändén Whitaker as 'Klara'

 

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Kristina is GEST's Artistic Director and an actress with extensive experience in theatre, television and film both in Sweden and internationally.

Her playwright debute Expectations, in which she also played Klara, won the Fringe Award for Outstanding Theatre at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010.

Kristina is from Gothenburg but spend 13 years in London where she trained as an actress at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama. She has worked as an actress in various theatres in both the UK and Sweden. Her Television and film credits includes; the Swedish-Danish TV series Bron (The Bridge) for SVT, Johan Falk for Fladen Film the international IFTA winning feature film As If I am Not There(Stella Nova Films/Wideey Films), Steven Spielberg's Band of Brothers, Peter Birro's award winning SVT drama How Soon is Now (Upp till Kamp) and SVT's award winning Sanningen om Marika.

In GEST's previous productions she has acted in My Romantic History, Cock, Expectations, Contractions, After The End and After Miss Julie.

 

Beate Persdotte-Löken - Lighting Designer

Since 2000 Beate has worked as a lighting designer/technician at theatres in Gothenburg such as Folkteatern, Teater Tamauer, Pustervik, Big Wind, Melodramaten and Göteborgs Stadsteater.

For GEST, Beate has worked as a lighting designer/technician on the productions: After The End and Cock.

She trained as a props and special effects designer at Nordiska scenografiskolan (LTU) in Skellefteå 2004-2006.

She has received Sandrew stiftelses scholarship for young people working within theatre and film

Ger Olde Monnikhof - Set and Costume Designer

Ger has worked as a freelance set designer since the late eighties and has his base at Theater Trixter, Gothenburg/Sweden.

He trained at the Royal Art Academy in The Hague, Netherlands, interior design, but has also been working with architecture as well as snow and ice sculpting.

As a set designer he has been working in various fields like theatre, opera and musicals.

 

A selection of plays, operas and musicals:

 

Buried child, Eyes for Consuela, The lie of the mind, (Shepard)

The collector, (Pinter). Winter, (Fosse), Splendour, (Morgan)

The friends (Wesker)

 

Lafinta di Gardinieri, Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni (Mozart)

Medium, Konsuln (Menotti)

La serva Padrona, Il matrionomi (Cimarosa)

L'opera seria (Gasmann)

 

Cities of angels (Coleman/Zippel)

Into the woods (Sondheim)

Westside story (Bernstein)

Ricard Sousa - Sound Designer

He has studied Audio Engineering (SAE Institute Amsterdam). He has been working professionally in sound post-production since 2002 in Lisbon, Portugal. His work there has included sound-design and music production for advertising, dance, theatre and short-films. Currently based in Gothenburg he is presently investigating the application of media programming and interactive systems in sound design and modern dance-theatre.

Lovisa Pihl - Producer and Graphic Designer

Lovisa is the Producer and Graphic Designer for GESTs latest production of Expectations. She studied a Masters in Communications at Lund University and has previously worked for Backa Teater, Göteborgs Symfoniker and Teater Tamauer.  Lovisa is based in Copenhagen and works as a freelancer in Communications and Graphic Design in Sweden and Denmark.

Marcus Lilliecrona - Producer

Marcus studied acting at Fridhems Folkhögskola 2002-2004 and has since then been involved with Unga Folkteatern, Upp å Hoppa and Göteborgs Dramatiska Teater. Since his graduation as Cuture Project Leader from Kulturverkstan in 2011 he has worked with Teatercentrum and is now a part time Producer at GEST.

Anna Wikars - Assistant Director

Anna is originally from Vaasa in Finland, but moved to Sweden two years ago. Anna has done acting, directing, translating and playwriting. In FInland she worked as a drama teacher for two year, but is currently studying Dramatics at Gothenburg's University.

Jen York, Administration and Education Support

Jen is an Arts Project Manager and drama teacher from England. She has recently graduated from Goldsmiths University of London with a Masters in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy. Jen is thrilled to be supporting GEST artistic and educational projects.

My Romantic History

Play info

 

mrh_affisch.bildThe Gothenburg English Speaking Theatre presents the Swedish premiere of

 My Romantic History by D.C. Jackson

16 November - 6 December at Teater Trixter

Winner of the 2010 Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

A comedy about love, loss and laminating machines

"If you haven't met someone by the time you graduate, you're going to marry some idiot from your work. It’s that simple.
Do you know how they get animals to breed in captivity? They put them in the same cage."

A few too many pints at an after work social and suddenly Tom and Amy are in a relationship. They didn't plan it, they didn't really want it and the fact that they work together just makes it worse. Office romances are tricky, especially when you still haven't got over your ex.

Playing in Gothenburg  16 November - 6 December, avaliable for touring week 49. Please contact us at info[at]gest.se for more information.

Directed by Gary Whitaker

Cast: Dean Ashton, Emily Aston and Kristina Brändén Whitaker

Set Designer: Ger Olde Monnikhof

Lighting Designer: Fredrik Glahns

First produced by the Bush Theatre and Sheffield Theatres in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 5th August 2010 at the Traverse Theatre.

Dates/Tickets

MY ROMANTC HISTORY by DC Jackson

Tickets for the Teater Trixter run are available at 031 425065.

Tickets are 150 or 100 sek (students, pensioners or the unemployed) unless otherwise stated.

Matinées:

13.30 on 16, 18, 21, 24, 28 November & 1, 5, 6 December.

Evenings:

19.00 on 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30 November & 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6 December

Location

Teater Trixter
Address: Andreégatan 13, Göteborg
Tram stop: Masthuggstorget

Hi-res images

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Image 1 - Kristina Brändén Whitaker & Dean Ashton

Image 2 - Emily Aston & Dean Ashton

Image 3 - Dean Ashton & Kristina Brändén Whitaker

Image 4 - Dean Ashton & Emily Aston

Image 5 - Kristina Brändén Whitaker & Dean Ashton

Photos by Lina Ikse

 

Reviews

Reviews in Swedish:

GP

GT

Göteborgs Fria Tidning

Kulturbloggen

Ny Tid

 

Reviews in English:

Gothenburg Daily

 

This Wide Night

Play info

The Gothenburg English Speaking Theatre presents the Swedish premiere of

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This Wide Night by Chloë Moss
at Hagateatern in Göteborg 12 April - May 7 2011

A sentence doesn't end when you leave prison.

Having just begun to rebuild a life on the outside, Marie is confronted with her past when former cellmate Lorraine shows up unannounced at her doorstep. They used to share everything inside, but on the outside things seem different. The friendship that once protected them now threatens to smother the fragile freedom they have found.

This Wide Night is a witty and tender portrayal of two women trying to start again.

GEST are delighted to present This Wide Night, a play inspired by Chloë Moss' work with female prisoners at HMP Cookham Wood. This tender portrayal of friendship between two women was a huge success in it's native England and it is with great joy that GEST presents its Swedish premiere.

GT: "The Gothenburg English Speaking Theatre får väl godkänt för sin pjäs om två vilsna kvinnor utanför murarna" View full review

GP: "Brittiskt drama av bästa sort" view full review

See a short clip where Gary, Sandy and Zahra discuss the differences in the Swedish and English rehearsal processes.

Kort repetitionstid på GEST from Kulturguiden.tv on Vimeo.

Photo by Lina Ikse

Director - Gary Whitaker

Cast - Zahra Ahmadi and Sandy Walsh   
The play was first commissioned and presented by Clean Break at the Soho Theatre London
30 July 2008 and subsequently on tour in the UK. Performances in women's prisons in the UK took place from 29 September to 10 October 2008.

Dates/Tickets

Evenings:
7 pm 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 26, 27, 28, 29 April

& 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 May.

Matinées:

1.30 pm 12, 14, 26, 28 April & 2, 3, 5 May.

Duration: ca 90 min.

Tickets: 150 sek / 100 sek (students, unemployed, pensioners etc.)

Booking & information:

Phone: 031 425065

Mobile: 0767 133002

 

OBS! bookings should be made through GEST

not Hagateatern.

Recommended for ages 16 and above.

Location

Hagateatern
Södra Allégatan 2, Gothenburg
(Järntorget)

Pictures

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Image 1 - Zahra Ahmadi

Image 2 - Sandy Walsh and Zahra Ahmadi

Image 3 - Sandy Walsh and Zahra Ahmadi

Image 4 - Sandy Walsh

Photos by Per-Anders Karlsson

Reviews

 

Reviews in Swedish:

GT (Göteborgs- Tidningen)

Göteborgs-Posten

Nytid

Reviews in English:

Göteborg Daily

 

Cock

Play info

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The Gothenburg English Speaking Theatre presents the Swedish premiere of

COCK by Mike Bartlett
24 November - 11 December 2010 at Folkteatern in Göteborg.

We're delighted to announce that our next production will be the Swedish premiere of the award winning success COCK written by one of England’s finest contemporary playwrights Mike Bartlett.

A relationship on hold

A passionate love affair

Two men one woman

A man’s battle with his identity

The ambivalence of love

Sexuality

It’s decision time!

Director - George Costigan
Cast: George Costigan, Ben Warrick, Kristina Brändén Whitaker and Gary Whitaker

Performing at Folkteatern, Vita scenen in 24 November – 11 December 2010.

Dates/Tickets

Evening preformances at 18.30 on
24, 25, 26, 27, 30 November
and 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 December
Matinee performances at 13.30
26, 29 November
and 2, 6, 7, 9 December

Tickets released September 17th.

Please note that all tickets, apart from school bookings will be booked through Folkteatern on 031 607575.

School bookings are booked through GEST 031 425065.

Location

Folkteatern, Vita scenen
Address: Olof Palmes plats / Järntorget

Pictures

Photos by Lina Ikse

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Reviews

Team

George Costigan - Director and playing the role as "F"

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George Costigan has directed 'Macbeth' (Shakespeare), 'Yerma' (Lorca) 'Camino Real' (Tennesee Williams) and many new pays in a career spread over almost forty  years. His acting credits include the films 'Calendar Girls', 'Rita, Sue and Bob, Too' and, most recently 'Hereafter' - directed by Clint Eastwood, and, with Gary Whitaker, 'The Arbor' directed by Clio Barnard. He has done far too much television, his pick of which are 'See No Evil' - a dramatisation of the Moors Murders and playing the transexual Roxanne in 'The Bill'. He was nomintaed best Actor In a Musical for the original West End production of 'Blood Brothers', has recently played George in 'Of Mice and Men' ,Willy Loman in 'Death Of A Salesman' - and this is his first time in Sweden and as a guest of GEST.

Ben Warwick as ”John”

Ben trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Theatre includes Moliere or the League of Hypocrites (Finborough Theatre, London); The Picture of Dorian Gray (Aterie - Italy); Some Gorgeous Accident (Assembly Hall - Edinburgh Festival); Miss Julie Crisp (Soho Theatre); The Seagull (Yelets Theatre, Russia); Look Back In Anger, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Garrick Theatre Lichfield); Hamlet (English Touring Theatre, West End); The Marquise (National Tour); The Deep Blue Sea (Watford Palace Theatre); Saint's Day, The Road To Ruin, The Captain's Tiger, Arms And The Man (Orange Tree Theatre London); House And Garden (Royal Theatre Northampton); Les Liaisons Dangereuse, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Theatre Royal York); Hamlet(Broadway, Lewisham); Expresso Bongo (Jermyn St Theatre); The Green Bay Tree (Drill Hall); Hard Times, Room Service, Tons Of Money, David Copperfield, Henry IV pt.1, She Stoops To Conquer, Our Town, The Bandwagon, Charley's Aunt (Farnham Repertory of which he is also co-artistic director).
Film credits include War Game and TV work includes Mary Queen Of Scots (BBC).
Ben has also created the highly popular online comedy drama serial, Five Years which he co-writes, directs and in which he plays the lead (visit www.fiveyears.tv).

Gary Whitaker as ”M”

Gary is an actor, director and the Associate Director of GEST. Gary has directed the award winning Expectations and also "The Collector" and "Contractions" and played the part of John in "After Miss Julie", all for GEST.He is from England and moved to Göteborg to be a part of the GEST production team.
His theatre credits include; leading roles in London's West End, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Royal Exchange, West Yorkshire Playhouseand Out of Joint.
He has worked all over the world with highly respected writers and directors including Alan Ayckbourn, Max Stafford-Clark, Anan Tucker, Ian Brown and David Grindley.
His extensive TV and film credits include; The Red Riding Triology, The Gathering, Wire in the Blood, Vincent, Waterloo Road, Sunday, In Deep, Heartbeat, The Vice, Holby City and three series of The First of the Summer Wine for BBC.
Gary played the role of Lucas in Camilla Läckberg's Isprinsessan and can soon be seen in 183 Dagar, both for SVT.

Kristina Brändén Whitaker as 'W'

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 Kristina is an actress and GEST's Artistic Director.

In GESTs previous productions she played Klara in Expectations, Emma in Contractions, Louise in After the end and the title role of Miss Julie in After Miss Julie.
Kristina is from Göteborg but spent 13 years in London where she trained as an actress at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama.

Since graduating in 2000 she has worked as an actress in various London theatres.

She has also worked in Television and film including Steven Spielberg's Band of Brothers, Peter Birro's award winning SVT drama UPP TILL KAMP directed by Mikael Marcimain and SVTs award winning Sanningen om Marika directed by Martin Schimdt. She played the female lead role in the film Ingen Ser Oss which premiered at The Göteborg Film Festival 2007.

Kristina recently finished filming the international feature film  As If I'm not There, directed by Juanita Wilson (StellaNova Film, Wideey Films and Sektor Film).

Fredrik Glahns - Light Designer

 Fredrik has been working in the theatre for ten years as a lighting designer, technician and also as a writer and director. His theatre credits include around 50 productions in theatres such as Royal Swedish Theatre, Strindberg’s Intima Teater, Lorensberg­steatern, Drottningholmsteatern, Masthuggsteatern, Ystadsteatern, Dalhalla. He has also worked in Copenhagen, Berlin and Paris. One of Fredrik’s latest theatre production was his own play En föreställning om ingenting (Show about nothing), directed by himself together with Anna Engberg at Masthuggsteatern 2009. He has also worked on musicals, dance and opera. In December 2009 his new monologue with Joel Berg was performed at Teater Sesam.

Beate Persdotter Løken - Light Designer

 Since 2000 Beate has worked as a lighting designer/technician at theatres in Gothenburg such as Pustervik, Big Wind, Melodramaten and Göteborgs Stadsteater.

She trained as a props and special effects designer at Nordiska scenografiskolan (LTU) in Skellefteå 2004-2006.

She has received Sandrew stiftelses scholarship for young people working within theatre and film.

Emmeli Johansson Stjärnfeldt – Assistant Director

Emmeli Johansson is an actress and was the understudy of Kristina as Emma in Contractions. She has just returned to Goteborg from having lived in Melbourne the last 6 years and in London before that. Emmeli trained as an actress at the reputable Victorian College of The Arts in Melbourne. She has worked with highly regarded Australian directors such as Paul Weingott, Tanya Gerstle, Naomi Edwards, Anthony Crowley and Kirsten Von Bibra playing roles such as Armande in 'The Learned Ladies', Christie in 'Traps', Fougere in 'Four Twins', Clytemnestra in 'Agamemnon'  and Roberta in 'Danny and the Deep Blue Sea'.


Erika Isaksson - Producer

Erika Isaksson is a producer and has worked for GEST since February 2010. Since graduating from Kulturverkstan 2004, she has amongst other things worked at Backa Teater, Teater UNO, PLAY Teaterkonst, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts (Teaterhögskolan i Stockholm), Pustervik and CrowdCompany.

 

 

Contractions

Play info

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The Gothenburg English Speaking Theatre presents the Swedish premiere of

CONTRACTIONS by Mike Bartlett

20 April-8 May 2010 at Teater Trixter in Göteborg.

We're delighted to announce that our next production will be the Swedish premiere of Contractions, an exciting, tense, ink-black comedy written by one of England’s finest contemporary playwrights!

Emma's been seeing Darren. She thinks she's in love. Her boss thinks she's in breach of contract. The situation needs to be resolved.

Directed by Gary Whitaker

Set design by Ger Olde Monnikof

With Mary Conlon as The Manager and Kristina Brändén Whitaker as Emma

Contractions has received excellent reviews: see full reviews

Photo by Lina Ikse

Dates/Tickets

20 April - 8 May 2010

Evening performances at 19:00: 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 April &  3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 May

Matonee performances at 13:30: 20, 22, 23, 26, 27, 29 April & 4, 6, 7 May

Location

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Pictures

Photos by Lina Ikse

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Team

Gary Whitaker - Director

Gary directed GEST's productions of Expectations and The Collector. He also played the roles of John in After Miss Julie and Charlie in the latest GEST production Stones in his pockets.

He is from England and moved to Göteborg to be a part of the GEST production team.

His theatre credits include; leading roles in London's West End, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Royal Exchange, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Out of Joint.

He has worked all over the world with highly respected writers and directors including Alan Ayckbourn, Max Stafford-Clark, Anan Tucker, Ian Brown and David Grindley.

His extensive TV and film credits include; The Red Riding Trilogy, The Gathering, Wire in the Blood, Vincent, Waterloo Road, Sunday, In Deep, Heartbeat, The Vice, Holby City, The Brittas Empire and three series of The First of the Summer Wine for BBC.

Gary played the role of Lucas in Camilla Läckberg's Isprinsessan  and Maximillian Dent in 183 Dagar, both for SVT. He can soon be seen as Gary in the Feature film The Arbor for Artangel and Channel 4 film.

Kristina Brändén Whitaker as Emma

Kristina is an actress and GEST's Artistic Director.

She debuted as a playwright with GESTs  production of Expectations which was a critical success both in Sweden and in the UK. She also played the role of Klara in Expectations.

In other GEST productions she played Louise in After the end and the title role of Miss Julie in After Miss Julie.

Kristina is from Göteborg but spent 13 years in London where she trained as an actress at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama.

Since graduating in 2000 she has worked as an actress in various London theatres. She has also worked in Television and film including Steven Spielberg's Band of Brothers, Peter Birro's award winning SVT drama Upp Till Kamp directed by Mikael Marcimain and SVTs award winning Sanningen om Marika directed by Martin Schimdt. She also played the female lead role in the film Ingen Ser Oss, which premiered at The Göteborg Film Festival 2007. Kristina recently finished filming the international feature film  As If I'm not There, directed by Juanita Wilson (StellaNova Film, Wideey Films and Sektor Film).

Mary Conlon as The Manager

Mary Conlon is an actress and plays the role of Manager in Contractions. She is normally based in London and has considerable experience, both in the theatre and television. Mary’s credits include work at The Mill at Sonning, Derby Playhouse and Tricycle Theatre. On television Mary can be seen in “Five children and it”, “Eastenders” and “Strange”, she also played a part in Malcolm Mowbeays “Crocodile shoes”. She's been to Sweden before, having toured with a production of Romantic Comedy.

Emmelie Johansson - understudy of Kristina as Emma

Emmeli Johansson is an actress and is the understudy of Kristina as Emma in Contractions. She has just returned to Goteborg from having lived in Melbourne the last 6 years and in London before that. Emmeli trained as an actress at the reputable Victorian College of The Arts in Melbourne. She has worked with highly regarded Australian directors such as Paul Weingott, Tanya Gerstle, Naomi Edwards, Anthony Crowley and Kirsten Von Bibra playing roles such as Armande in 'The Learned Ladies', Christie in 'Traps', Fougere in 'Four Twins', Clytemnestra in 'Agamemnon'  and Roberta in 'Danny and the Deep Blue Sea'.

Ger Olde Moonikhof - Set and Costume Designer

Ger was the set and costume designer on Stones in his pockets, Expectations and After The End for GEST. He has worked as a freelance set designer since the late 1980's and has his base at Teater Trixter in Gothenburg. He trained at the Royal Art Academy in Haag, Netherlands, and has worked in all kinds of design fields including architecture and set design. His most recent credits on opera and theatre includes Menottis opera “Consul” and Verdis ”Falstaff”(HSM Gothenburg) and also Petra. Revenues “När kriget kommer till Partille” (“when the war hits Partille”) and Buktalaren at Teater Trixter.

Fredrik Glahns - Light Designer

Fredrik has been working in the theatre for ten years as a lighting designer, technician and also as a writer and director. His theatre credits include around 50 productions in theatres such as Royal Swedish Theatre, Strindberg’s Intima Teater, Lorensberg­steatern, Drottningholmsteatern, Masthuggsteatern, Ystadsteatern, Dalhalla. He has also worked in Copenhagen, Berlin and Paris. One of Fredrik’s latest theatre production was his own play En föreställning om ingenting (Show about nothing), directed by himself together with Anna Engberg at Masthuggsteatern 2009. He has also worked on musicals, dance and opera. In December 2009 his new monologue with Joel Berg was performed at Teater Sesam.

Elisa Tattersall Wallin - Assistent Director

Elisa is in her final year studying towards a BA in Drama at the University of Gothenburg. She has previously studied Drama and Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London and has taken acting lessons at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Erika Isaksson - Producer

Erika Isaksson is a producer and has worked for GEST since February 2010. Since graduating from Kulturverkstan 2004, she has amongst other things worked at Backa Teater, Teater UNO, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts (Teaterhögskolan i Stockholm) and Pustervik.

 

 

Stones in his pocket

Play info

 

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From the press: 'GEST brilliant again' 'Magic and nothing less' 'A Triumph', 'Whitaker and Rogers utterly shine'Read in full

The Gothenburg English Speaking Theatre presents

By arrangement with PAUL ELLIOTT, ADAM KENWRIGHT & PAT MOYLAN

STONES IN HIS POCKETS

by Marie Jones

18 November-5 December 2009 at Teater Trixter in Göteborg

Directed by Malachi Bogdanov with Mike Rogers and Gary Whitaker

We are delighted to announce that our next production will be the hilarious, moving, award winning play Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jones performed in English with actors from London.

The Play is set in a quiet Irish community that is affected by the arrival of a massive Hollywood film shoot. The entire story is brought to life by two talented actors who play 15 characters between them and is a triumph of comic versatility. Stones in His Pockets stands out as one of the funniest and most moving plays of it's time and now it's being played in it's original language.

We're delighted to announce that Stones in His Pockets has recieved fantastic reviews: 'Stones in his pocket på Gothenburg English Speaking Theatre är skådespelarnas föreställning och triumf.......Här segrar hoppet och det är bara att tacka Gest för att de tar samtida dramatik på originalspråk till Göteborg'……..Linda Isaksson, Göteborgs-Posten. To read the full review click here The Gothenburg English Speaking Theatre har blivit ett varumärke för kvalitetsteater. 'Förra uppsättningen, Kristina Brändén Whitakers tänkvärda och fina Expectations,var en riktig upplevelse. Även nya Stones in His Pockets bjuder på begåvad teater, alla kategorier.' Helena Krantz, Göteborgs Fria Tidning. To read full review click here

 

Dates/Tickets

Dates

18 November - 5 December at Teater Trixter

The running time is 1h 50 minutes including an interverval.

Evening performances at: 19:00 on:

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Matinee performances at: 13:30 on

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Prices

Full price tickets : 140kr

Concessions (students, pensioners and unemployed): 100kr

Students aged 19 years and under, living within the Göteborg region : 30kr.

Ticket Group bookings (minimum 10): 100kr

Price reductions

All other schools in Västra Götalandsregionen can contact their 'kommunala sammordnare' for 50% reduction of the ordinary student price of 90kr. GEST is awarded 'arrangörsstöd'.

Please note that we do special package rates for teachers with their students, including; performance, workshops, a copy of the play and after-show discussions.

Read more under Teachers.

Tickets can be booked through GEST:

031 - 42 50 65

076 - 713 30 02

Location

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At Teater Trixter, Andrégatan 13, Göteborg (near Masthuggstorgets tram stop)

Pictures

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Team

Malachi Bogdanov - Director

Malachi Bogdanov is an award winning Director, Writer and Producer and has directed over seventy professional productions. In 2006 Malachi was made an Honorary Professor of the University of Northumberland, Newcastle.

After training at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville in the USA and Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris Malachi became an Associate Director of the English Shakespeare Company where he directed International tours including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Three penny Opera, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Titus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet and an award winning production of Richard the Third,

In 2003 he wrote and directed Bill Shakespeare’s Italian Job which became the subject of a BBC4 Documentary and was broadcast on BBC2 as part of the ‘Theatre Biz’ series. In Germany Malachi has directed Marlowe’s Edward the Second and Macbeth Kill Bill Shakespeare both for The Wales Theatre Company.

In Italy Malachi has recently directed Alice in Wonderland, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, TheTaming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice.

Recent UK productions include Pinocchio, Pandora’s Box, The Borrowers and The Odyssey - From Ithaca with Love.

In 2007 Malachi directed his first feature film The Mandrake Root for which he also wrote the screenplay. The Mandrake Root was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award for best drama. Modern Cautionary Tales for Children directed by Malachi had its second outing in London’s West End in October.

Later this year Malachi will direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Ireland, a production of The Shaughraun in America and has also been optioned to direct the feature film Limehouse Golam by Stewart Bevan.

Mike Rogers as Jake

Mike has been an actor and theatre director for twenty years and his stage work has taken him as far afield as Hong Kong and Japan.

He studied Drama and English at Chester and has an MA in Shakespeare Studies.

Mike worked extensively with the English Shakespeare Company, initially touring as an actor on several education shows, and later as a director.

He played the title roles in Hamlet and Titus Andronicus for the ESC – directed by Malachi Bogdanov.

Recent theatre includes Hack & White in The Last Pirate (Wales Tour); Lancaster & Lightborn in Edward II (Neuss Shakespeare Festival, Germany); The Fool in Bill Shakespeare’s Italian Job (Edinburgh Festival); TV credits include Coronation Street,Emmerdale, Peak Practice, Doctors, Strange, Blackpool, Eastenders, Cathedral, From Here to Paternity and The Somme: from Defeat to Victory.

Films include In theSpider’s Web and The Mandrake Root. Mike teaches theatre and regularly directs at drama schools in and around in London. For more information, please see www.mikerogers.info

Gary Whitaker as Charlie

Gary is an actor, director and the Associate Director of GEST.

Gary directing GEST's most recent production of Expectations. He directed 'The Collector' and played the part of John in 'After Miss Julie', both for GEST.

He is from England and moved to Göteborg to be a part of the GEST production team.

His theatre credits include; leading roles in London's West End, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Royal Exchange, West Yorkshire Playhouseand Out of Joint.

He has worked all over the world with highly respected writers and directors including Alan Ayckbourn, Max Stafford-Clark, Anan Tucker, Ian Brown and David Grindley.

His extensive TV and film credits include; The Red Riding Triology, The Gathering, Wire in the Blood, Vincent, Waterloo Road, Sunday, In Deep, Heartbeat, The Vice, Holby City and three series of The First of the Summer Wine for BBC.

Gary played the role of Lucas in Camilla Läckberg's Isprinsessan and can soon be seen in 183 Dagar, both for SVT.

Ger Olde Monnikhof - Set and Costume Designer

Ger was the set and costume designer on Expectations and After The End for GEST. He has worked as a freelance set designer since the late 1980's and has his base at Teater Trixter inGothenburg. He trained at the Royal Art Academy in Haag, Netherlands, and hasworked in all kinds of design fields including architecture and set design. His most recent credits on opera and theatre this year, includes Menottis opera “Consul” (HSM Gothenburg) and Petra Revenues “När kriget kommer till Partille” (“when the war hits Partille”) at theatre Trixter. The coming winter is it time to for another opera; Verdis “Falstaff”.

Fredrik Glahns - Light designer

Fredrik has been working in the theatre for ten years as a lighting designer, technician and also as a writer and director. His theatre credits include around 50 productions in theatres such as Royal Swedish Theater, Strindberg’s Intima Teater, Lorensberg­steatern, Drottningholmsteatern, Masthuggsteatern, Ystadsteatern, Dalhalla. He has also worked in Copenhagen, Berlin and Paris. Fredrik’s latest theatre production was his own play En föreställning om ingenting (Show about nothing), directed by him­self together with Anna Engberg at Masthuggsteatern 2009. He has also worked on musicals, dance and opera. In December his new monologue with Joel Berg will be performed at Teater Sesam.

Frida Hartvigsson - Assistant Director, Sound opeartor and Stage Manager

Frida was the assitant director and sound operator on Expectations for GEST. She has previously studied theatre at Blekinge Läns Folkhögskola. She has been involved in directing, writing and acting for the theatre group Teater Oktagon for the last four years. She is now studying Dramatics at the university of Gothenburg.

Karl Wassholm- Lighting technician

Karl Wassholm is a freelance sound and lighting technician, musician, and actor. He has previously worked with Teater Tamauer, Teater Blaffa, recording studio Nacksving, and the Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Gothenburg, among others.

Hanna Uddenberg- Producer

Hanna has a BA in Cultural Studies and Drama, and has studied proj­ect management at Kulturverkstan. She is working as a producer in theatre and contemporary dance. In 2008 Hanna formed the company Producentbyrån with two other producers. She has previously worked with GEST on After Miss Julie, The Collector and Expectations.

Kristina Brändén Whitaker- Producer/ Artistic Director

 

The Collector

Play info

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Played Hagateatern in Göteborg 19-28 april 2007

GEST's second production was yet another successful ´Sell out´run.

Mark Healy's modern adaptation of John Fowles best selling novel The Collector was performed by actors from London and received excellent reviews in all major Gothenburg newspapers

The Colletor is a gripping psychological thriller and a chilling portrayal of one man's darkest fantasies made real. It tells the story of Frederick; the strange, withdrawn 'collector' who, no longer content with butterflies, 'collects' art student Miranda and keps her captive in the cellar of his home.

The play deals with important subjects such as love, freedom, power and loneliness.

The play is all the more disturbing since the real life discovery of the young girl kidnapped and held over eight years in a cellar in Austria.

Pictures

Photos by Lina Ikse

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Team

Gary Whitaker - Director

Gary is an actor, director and the Associate Director of GEST.

Gary is directing GEST's forthcoming production of Expectations. He directed 'The Collector' and played the part of John in 'After Miss Julie', both for GEST.

He is from England and moved to Göteborg to be a part of the GEST production team.

His theatre credits include; leading roles in London's West End, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Royal Exchange, West Yorkshire Playhouseand Out of Joint.

He has worked all over the world with highly respected writers and directors including Alan Ayckbourn, Max Stafford-Clark, Anan Tucker, Ian Brown and David Grindley.

His extensive TV and film credits include; The Red Riding Triology, The Gathering, Wire in the Blood, Vincent, Waterloo Road, Sunday, In Deep, Heartbeat, The Vice, Holby City and three series of The First of the Summer Wine for BBC.

Gary played the role of Lucas in Camilla Läckberg's Isprinsessan and can soon be seen in 183 Dagar, both for SVT.

Bradley Cole as 'Clegg'

He  trained at Mountview Theatre School in London.

His theatre work includes roles at  Dundee Rep, The New Vic Stoke,  Guildford, The Bloomsbury Theatre, Orange Tree Richmond,  The Chelsea Theatre,  Mermaid Theatre London and English Theatre Frankfurt.

TV Includes Casualty, The Bill, London's Burning, Two Point Four Children, Family Affairs, The Famous Five.

He can now be seen playing the lead role in  Warp film's 'Exhibit A' directed by Dom Rotheroe, for which he was nominated for the 'Most Promising Newcomer' award at the prestigious British Independent Film Awards(BIFA's).

Amy Humphreys as 'Miranda'

Amy is from England  and trained at Arts Ed School of Acting in London.

Her Theatre credits include roles at York Theatre Royal, The New Vic Stoke, Bristol Tobacco Factory, Globe players, The MAC Birmingham and  on the Edinburgh Fringe.

Her screen work includes the film 'The Magic Flute' directed by Kenneth Branagh and 'Morris 2274' for British TV.

Hanna Uddenberg - Producer

She has a BA in Cultural Studies and Drama from the University of Gothenburg and a two-year cultural project manager education from Kulturverkstan, Gothenburg.

Hanna has previously worked with the independent theatre group Teaterängeln as producer on several productions, including 'Vad flickor får - Jeanne d'Arcs liv'.

She has also produced for the modern dance company Dansbyrån.

Karin Andersson - Set designer

She is an artist and trained in fine arts on Valand and at Domen in Göteborg.

Karin works as an artist with hard granite as well as soft fabric, both aesthetically and conceptually, wanting to stimulate the senses, which is an approach she brings to her set designs.

She has worked as a costume and set designer for Kulturhuset Lava in Stockholm, Theatre Suspekt in Vallentuna and on 'The Mask' at Södra Latin in Stockholm.

Karin also works as a teacher in fine arts.

Otto Olsson Båth - Lighting designer and technician

Otto trained with the Lighting and set director Charlie Åström.

For the past three years, Otto has been working as a stage/light/sound technician for several theatres and theatre groups such as Pusterviksteatern, Teater Aftonstjärnan, Teater Bhopa, 123 Schtunk, Teater Trixter and Studio Oscuro

Ricardo Sousa - Sound designer

He has studied Audio Engineering (SAE Institute Amsterdam).

He has been working professionally in sound post-production since 2002 in Lisbon, Portugal.

His work there has included sound-design and music production for advertising,  dance, theatre and short-films. Currently based in Gothenburg he is presently investigating the application of media programming and interactive systems in sound design and modern dance-theatre.

 

After the End

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Directed by Christopher Meads with Jot Davies as 'Mark' and Kristina Brändén Whitaker as 'Louise'

GEST's production of After The End was the Swedish premiere and played to full houses at FolkTeatern i Göteborg (Lilla Scenen) 11 april-2 May 2008 and received excellent reviews.

After The End is written by one of England's finest contemporary playwrights and it was first presented by Paines' Plough at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburugh on 5 August 2005 and subsequently at the Bush Theatre in London.

It is a tense, exciting tale of two young people trapped underground in a bomb shelter in London. They were all in the pub when the nuclear terrorist attack happened. Louise wakes up to find herself trapped with Mark who has saved her life. Mark is always prepared for the worst and has everything he thinks they will need to survive. Now all they need to do is wait until it's safe to go outside. Can they survive the attack? Can they survive each other?

Dennis Kelly burst onto the scene with his brilliantly twisted debut Debris in 2003. Since then his work has been produced throughout Europe.

Pictures

Photos by Lina Ikse

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Team

Dennis Kelly - Writer

Dennis Kelly received critical acclaim for his debut in 2003, the brilliantly twisted Debris.

Recent plays include the Olivier-nominated Love and Money, After the End and the Meyer Whitworth Award- winning Osama the Hero at Hampstead Theatre in 2005.

Dennis is one of the co-creators/writers of the BAFTA-nominated TV series Pulling for BBC3 and is writing a screenplay for Big Talk/Film Four.

He won the Prix Europa award for Best European Radio Drama of the year 2004 for his radio play Colony, as well as the Radio and Music Award for Scripting for Broadcast 2004.

His work has also been produced in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia, Holland, The Czech Republic, Italy, Australia, Greece, Belgium and the United States.

Chris Meads - Director

Chris recently directed the world premiere of Phil Porterxs The Cracks In My Skin, winner of the Bruntwood New Writing Award, at the Royal Exchange, Manchester.

Previous professional directing credits include productions of his own writing: Sick of Goodbyes (Pleasance Theatre, London), A Place Called Milan (co-produced by Northern Stage); To Be Someone by Fin Kennedy (Live Theatre, Newcastle and The Gate, London) and Romeo and Juliet (Newcastle Playhouse Gulbenkian Theatre).

Chris trained at The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester between 2006 and 2008 after receiving the Channel Four Directing Bursary, working on productions of Henry V, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Tempest, Mary Barton, Cyrano de Bergerac and Love and Money.

Prior to this, Chris trained on the National Theatre's Directing Programme and was a recipient of a Royal Shakespeare Company/ Northern Arts Directing Bursary, mentored by Michael Boyd in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Other Assistant Directing credits include work with Out of Joint Theatre Company and the Royal Court in London.

Jot Davies as 'Mark'

Jot is a proud Welshman despite never having lived in Wales.

He has lived and worked as an actor in London since graduating from Cambridge University where he was heavily involved in theatre and comedy, including the Cambridge Footlights.

Theatre credits include roles at the Manchester Royal Exchange, Cambridge Arts Theatre, King's Head Theatre, Finborough Theatre and the opening season of the High Tide Festival.

TV work includes Doctors, Casualty and Hotel Babylon for the BBC.

He was a member of the BBC Radio Rep Company in 2007 and continues to work regularly in radio drama, comedy and narration.

Later this year he will be appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the York Theatre Royal in the premiere of Lough/Rain by Declan Feenan and Clara Brennan with Real Circumstance Theatre Company.

Kristina Brändén Whitaker as 'Louise'

Kristina is an actress and GEST's Artistic Director.

She plays Louise in After the end.

She also played the title role of Miss Julie in GEST's production of After Miss Julie.

Kristina is from Göteborg but spent 13 years in London where she trained as an actress at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama.

Since graduating in 2000 she has worked as an actress in various London theatres.

She has also worked in Television and film including Steven Spielberg's Band of Brothers, Peter Birro's award winning SVT drama 'UPP TILL KAMP' directed by Mikael Marcimain and SVTs award winning 'Sanningen om Marika' directed by Martin Schimdt.

She also played the female lead role in the film 'Ingen Ser Oss' which premiered at The Göteborg Film Festival 2007.

Henrik Ydreborg Assistant Director and as 'Guard'

Henrik has a variety of occupations.

He was educated in the fields of textiles, music and drama and likes to work with varied forms of art, text, move- ment and colour.

He wrote and directed the drama 'Jag är', 'När änglarna inte har vingar' and 'Josefmonologerna'.

He was a singer/dancer in 'Tåspets och grovt snus' at Kolhusteatern in Hälleforsnäs in 2005. Henrik is studying 'Dramatik:grundkurs' at the University of Gothenburg.

As a final production he will be acting in the drama LIV, which he has co written with Joel Börjesson.

Ger Olde Monnikhof - Set and Costume Designer

Ger has worked as a freelance set designer since the late 1980's and has his base at Teater Trixter in Göteborg.

He trained at the Royal Art Academy in Haag, Netherlands, and has worked in all kinds of design fields including architecture and set design.

His most recent credits include The rape of Lucretia at at Göteborgs Universitet and Skriv upp mig at Teater Trixter.

This spring he will be involved with the opera Don Giovanni at HSM and in July he will be working on Opera Seria in Åre.

Beate Persdotter Løken - Lighting Designer

Since 2000 Beate has worked as a lighting designer/technician at theatres in Gothenburg such as Pustervik, Big Wind, Melodramaten and Göteborgs Stadsteater.

She trained as a props and special effects designer at Nordiska scenografiskolan (LTU) in Skellefteå 2004-2006.

She has recently received Sandrew stiftelses scholarship for young people working within theatre and film.

Ricardo Sousa - Sound Designer

He has studied Audio Engineering (SAE Institute Amsterdam).

He has been working professionally in sound post-production since 2002 in Lisbon, Portugal.

His work there has included sound-design and music production for advertising, dance, theatre and short-films.

Currently based in Gothenburg he is presently investigating the application of media programming and interactive systems in sound design and modern dance-theatre.

Karolina Lindblad - Producer

Karolina trained as a film producer at Högskolan Väst.

Karolina has recently worked as a theatre producer for the critically acclaimed 'Allt Blir Bättre' in collaboration with Regionteater Väst.

She has also recently been working with the Theatre Group Die Buhne on their production Nordost.

Karolina also works as producer for Tjörns Sommarteater.

As a Film producer she worked on the short film Rep, which premiered at The Göteborg Film Festival 2008.

Alan Sweetman as 'Guard'

 

After Miss Julie

Play info

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We are delighted to announce that GEST's inaugural production of ‘After Miss Julie’ by Patrik Marber was completely sold out for the entire run and received excellent reviews in all of the major Göteborg newspapers.  After Miss Julie ran from 19-28 April 2006 at Hagateatern.

'After Miss Julie' is a new ‘version’ (and not a translation) of August Strindberg’s world classic Miss Julie (Fröken Julie). It is written by one of Britain's best-known contemporary playwrights Patrick Marber (‘Closer’, ‘Dealer’s Choice’)

‘After Miss Julie’ relocates ‘Miss Julie’ to an English country house in July 1945.

The celebrations for the Labour Party's election victory are in full swing. Freed from the mantle of the Second World War, Britain is celebrating and change is in the air for the wealthy Miss Julie, her father's chauffeur, John, and Christine, the cook.

As the drink flows and the music plays, a passionate midsummer night turns to tragedy, as Miss Julie and John test the limits of their new freedom

Partick Marber pays homage to Strindberg's original, bringing with it his trademark wit and sharp dialogue.

Pictures

Photos by Lina Ikse

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Team

Naomi Jones - Director

She has been the Assistant Director for Out of Joint for the past four years.

She has assisted Max Stafford-Clark on: O Go My Man, Royal Court Theatre, London, Talking to Terrorists, Royal Court, an international tour of Macbeth, The Permanent Way, National Theatre and Duck, Royal Court and Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh.

She also directed the UK tour of Sisters, Such Devoted Sisters.

Other directing credits include Amadeus, Edinburgh Fringe, Three Sisters, Contact Theatre, Blue Remembered Hills, Courtyard Theatre and Bloody Poetry,Brockley Jack Theatre. Naomi recently directed 'Flightpath' at The Bush Theatre, London.

Märta Lundin - Assistant Director and Stage Manager

Märta is now training at Drama school in Malmö.

She also trained at Skara Skolscen, Skara, Sweden and studied acting at courses at Arts Ed London and London International School of Performing Arts.

In the autumn of 2005 she performed in the musical 'The Wizard of Oz' at Borås Civic Theatre, Sweden.

Märta studied Dramatic Art at the University of Gothenburg, and her work with GEST was a part of her practical education at the university.

Kristina Brändén Whitaker as 'Miss Julie'

Kristina is an actress and GEST's Artistic Director.

She has written GESTs forthcoming production of Expectations and is playing the role of Klara.

In GESTs previous productions she played Louise in After the end and the title role of Miss Julie in After Miss Julie.

Kristina is from Göteborg but spent 13 years in London where she trained as an actress at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama.

Since graduating in 2000 she has worked as an actress in various London theatres.

She has also worked in Television and film including Steven Spielberg's Band of Brothers, Peter Birro's award winning SVT drama UPP TILL KAMP directed by Mikael Marcimain and SVTs award winning Sanningen om Marika directed by Martin Schimdt.

She also played the female lead role in the film Ingen Ser Oss which premiered at The Göteborg Film Festival 2007.

Emma Parsons  as 'Christine'

Emma is a British actress who trained at London's Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.

Her credits include roles in various UK theatre productions, London's West End and Vienna's English Theatre.

Television credits include The Bill, London's Burning, and lead roles in independent films.

She played the lead role in  Stephen Poliakoff's Hitting Town at the Edinburgh Festival.

Emma was delighted to join GEST for its inaugural production. She now lives in America, where she has appeared in numerous theatre productions.

Gary Whitaker as 'John'

Gary is an actor, director and the Associate Director of GEST.

Gary is directing GEST's forthcoming production of Expectations.

He directed 'The Collector' and played the part of John in 'After Miss Julie', both for GEST.

He is from England and moved to Göteborg to be a part of the GEST production team.

His theatre credits include; leading roles in London's West End, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Royal Exchange, West Yorkshire Playhouseand Out of Joint.

He has worked all over the world with highly respected writers and directors including Alan Ayckbourn, Max Stafford-Clark, Anan Tucker, Ian Brown and David Grindley.

His extensive TV and film credits include; The Red Riding Triology, The Gathering, Wire in the Blood, Vincent, Waterloo Road, Sunday, In Deep, Heartbeat, The Vice, Holby City and three series of The First of the Summer Wine for BBC.

Gary played the role of Lucas in Camilla Läckberg's Isprinsessan and can soon be seen in 183 Dagar, both for SVT.

Hanna Uddenberg - Producer

She has a BA in Cultural Studies and Drama from the University of Gothenburg and a two-year cultural project manager education from Kulturverkstan, Gothenburg.

Hanna has previously worked with the independent theatre group Teaterängeln as producer on several productions, including 'Vad flickor får - Jeanne d'Arcs liv'.

She has also produced for the modern dance company Dansbyrån.

Paul Babalola - Sound designer

He has a BA in Communication Design specializing in interactive media.

He is founder of the 'divine logic media' company and is currently working with an on-line 'design community' database for creative thinkers 'up north'a

Alan Sweetman - Lighting and sound engineer

He worked as a Laser Technician for four years including open-air classical concerts and club nights around the United Kingdom.

He was responsible for the theatre performed 'Science Shows' at the science museum, London.

His film credits include   'A slice of life' which has been credited as being the cheapest feature length film on record.

He is also a co-founder of the production company 'Sweet Games Films', based in the UK

Karin Andersson - Set designer

She is an artist and trained in fine arts on Valand and at Domen in Göteborg.

Karin works as an artist with hard granite as well as soft fabric, both aesthetically and conceptually, wanting to stimulate the senses, which is an approach she brings to her set designs.

She has worked as a costume and set designer for Kulturhuset Lava in Stockholm, Theatre Suspekt in Vallentuna and on 'The Mask' at Södra Latin in Stockholm.

Karin also works as a teacher in fine arts.