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You’re going to do an English panto here in Denmark? Well don’t expect us to shout ‘Hooray’ and ‘Boo’. Danes are far too shy.” Everyone said this to me when I started the Crazy Christmas Show 35 years ago. And the audiences were indeed astonished to see ‘the fourth wall’ crumble in front of their … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: One more year granted!
Just when you thought you’d had enough of Trump’s tweets! Star bore repartee And Theresa May’s Brexit, Kim Jong-un’s rockets, Chancellor Merkel’s popularity dive, climate change, lethal shootings, sexual harassment cases and the latest spate of science fiction movies – including ‘Star Wars’, which now appears at a rate of one a year, not including … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: The Han(d) Solo of comedic resource
Everyone remembers where they were when Kennedy was assassinated or when Princess Diana was killed, and now we all know where we were when we heard that Trump was elected president. If, like me, you had been living on a diet of late-night American chat shows – you might have thought it was a joke. … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Something rotten
Everyone remembers where they were when Kennedy was assassinated or when Princess Diana was killed, and now we all know where we were when we heard that Trump was elected president. If, like me, you had been living on a diet of late-night American chat shows – you might have thought it was a joke. … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Where is the silver lining?
In November, December and January every year, 60,000 people come to Tivoli to enjoy the fun of my English-language Crazy Christmas Show. Many Danes say that it’s not really Christmas unless they have seen it with friends and family. No procedural wildcards The show has become one of those many traditions that the Danes love, … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Tradition with a twist
This could be you up here on the stage … this could be where you belong!” These were the lyrics of the opening song at the Tony Theatre Awards in America. On the same evening I went to the Reumert Theatre Awards that annually celebrate the best plays and musicals in Denmark. The opening number … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Life’s a stage Denmark, so show some emotion
There are a combined 324 countries and territories in the world, and Henrik Jeppesen, a Dane aged 28, recently became the youngest person to visit them all. Decade of dedication Jeppesen mostly achieved his impressive record over 10 years, mainly financing his self-imposed challenge by means of hotel and airline sponsorships. Otherwise, he slept in … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Anything you can do, Mr Jeppesen!
Watching Donald Trump on the TV screen these days makes me wonder how he ever got so far? Not only is he a maniac who rants endless political garbage, but he is also a man. Hillary is the better choice and not least because she is a woman. Cannier, capable, courageous It was International Women’s … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: What we need is balls!
There is a murder mystery about Shakespeare that could rattle the foundations of literary history. Evergreen themes But should this story be told? Perhaps not. It is the 400th anniversary of his death, and theatres everywhere will be performing the plays and discussing his genius. In Denmark, ‘King Lear’ is currently playing at the Royal … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: To tell or not to tell
During the year there is a phenomenon in Denmark called ‘Hygge’, which I define as the three Cs: cosiness, conviviality and companionship. Christmas commandeering All year round the Danes love hygge, and then in December, something happens. The hygge stops and ‘Julehygge’ begins. Hygge requires meeting friends for a drink and lighting a candle, but … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Julehygge!
This year’s Crazy Christmas Show opens soon and my company of actors and stage technicians are looking forward to presenting many evenings of fun for our audiences. Lights, audience, interaction Theatre demands teamwork like no other form of art. Apart from the involvement of the actors, there are artists who create the sets, and technicians … Continue reading Crazier Than Christmas: Theatre is alive and well
So what is the theme of your Crazy Christmas Show this year?” Talk like an Egyptian I am always asked this question around this time of the year by those who don’t realise I have to choose a theme back in February for the Ta’ i Teatret magazine that is distributed to every household in … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Nefertiti’s curse?
There is something rotten in the state of f***ing Denmark,” was yelled at an astonished audience in the courtyard of Kronborg Castle this month when the German theatre company Staatsschauspiel Dresden performed its groundbreaking performance ‘Hamlet. Prince of Denmark’. One critic described it as “like throwing a hand grenade at all our previous ideas of … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: How Denmark’s first Nordic Noir was written by a ghost
When my mother came to visit me in Copenhagen for the first time in the early 1980s, she was amazed to find bearded hippies wearing Arab scarves, pregnant women sunbathing naked in Faelledparken and the whole population watching ‘Matador’ on TV. It wasn’t quite the quaint fairy-tale land she’d envisaged from reading about Hans Christian … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: “And I presume ‘Hamlet’ is on at the theatre”
I was at my Jamaican friend’s house in London having a cup of tea, when there was suddenly a loud crash. “Don’t worry,” she said. “That is the workman. I am having a wall knocked through.” United colours of Britain A man came into the kitchen and they had a hand-gesture conversation. “He is from Romania,” … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Migrant problem is everyone’s problem