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Not much these days makes me leap for joy. Leave of senses Certainly not watching DRTV news or listening to BBC4. It’s all doom and gloom, isn’t it? Especially in the UK where, in spite of the Brits’ reputation for humour, even the jokes and memes have dried up. I can still smile at a few … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: What makes me leap for joy?
Hej! Mit navn er Vivienne.” You say hello, I say farvelI worked my way around the small group, introducing myself to them one by one and receiving a name in response. Very soon I found myself back with my friend and we chatted until, deciding it was time to leave, I made my way around … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Don’t give up!
One of the many terrific things about running an English-language theatre in Denmark for 40 years is that many actors and directors have come to work with me, and it is fascinating to see the city and its culture through their eyes . Right now I am performing the one-woman play ‘Shirley Valentine’ at the … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Living our lives to the full
Hey, what could be more crazy than what we’ve been going through the last few months, eh? Pandemiconia We thought it was bad enough with COVID-19, and then Omicron came along. Throughout December, all theatres were treading a knife-edge of closing down completely or cancelling shows. Our Crazy Christmas show in Tivoli had to cancel … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: We need laughs
Isn’t it great that we are returning to the theatres and festivals and museums and sports events? Leaving the misery behind Like all theatre companies worldwide we were forced to cancel our whole 2020 season. This year, we have decided to go ahead with our 2021-22 season, including our popular Crazy Christmas Show at Tivoli. … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: You are hereby all prescribed some Eighties nostalgia!
One would have to be blind not to notice all the ‘pandemic puppies’ (or ‘virus hvalpe’, as I call them) in Copenhagen during this last year. It is clear that these hordes of cute four-legged pooches pulling on leashes in parks and along our streets are a phenomena impossible to ignore. Puppy love As a … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Dogs or diamonds?
One afternoon in April, I attended a friend’s birthday party on Zoom in the company of eight friends whose familiar faces appeared on my computer screen. It should have been ‘a Zoom with a view’, but it was the first time I had ever tried Zoom, and so, while the others chatted and joked with … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Zoom in – or out?
Let’s call it a lockup. It’s more positive. Apparently a lockup is the slang word for a prison, while a lockdown is the confinement of people for security reasons. New words and phrases explode in times of social crises, and one has to catch on quickly or be caught out. When the word ‘Brexit’ sprang … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: How to be corona positive
TS Eliot called April “the cruellest month”, and at this rate he might have a very good point. Laughter lozenges It’s bad enough that we’ve spent a winter huddling together around flickering candles (which the Danes insist on calling ‘hygge’), but now we’re being advised to spend our time indoors when the sun is out … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Put on a happy face!
Given that it will soon be time for Christmas, new readers of the CPH POST might be interested to know that every year my English theatre in Copenhagen presents Crazy Christmas Cabaret, a wild, uproarious comedy at the Glassalen theatre in the heart of Tivoli, which has absolutely nothing to do with the festive period. … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Are you ready for a crazy Brexit Christmas?
Many of us love our theatre trips to London and, as it’s my profession, I indulge more than most. No swift exits here Last week I was there and I was amazed that although it was a rainy Tuesday in March, during the countdown to Brexit, the theatres were doing fantastic business. I bought a … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Gloom or glitter?
This is the third year in a row that Donald Trump (aka Ronald Rump) has appeared in my Crazy Christmas Show in Tivoli. Joker in the pack The first time I wrote him into my show was before his election in 2016, at which point I never expected him to become president. The jokes I … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Playing the Trump card again?
I divided my summer between England, Greece and Spain. Everywhere I went the atmosphere was heated – and not just by the warm weather. The goon’s a balloon When I arrived in London, protesters made it clear what they thought of Trump. “DUMP TRUMP” signs were mixed with ruder ones – the ‘coup de theatre’ … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: A hot summer of Brexit, Grexit and Bremain
It’s June! Hooray! Flowers bloom, bees buzz and the sun appears − well sometimes − and those normally shy Danes speed around on their bikes half-naked, chatting happily on their mobiles. Summer’s insane smile Yummy mummies sit outside at cafes instead of inside watching their prams through steamed-up windows. At last we can forget about … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: What iverden is Revy?!
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!