SVANEKE

Playwriting is not just writing, it is composing with a space. This can mean envisioning how your dialogue will sound within the confines of an actual theatre. But it can also mean considering who and what you are writing about. 

 

This dramatic text was written by composing with an entire town: Svaneke. The playwriting process involved talking with the residents who live in Svaneke, observing the animals who share this environment, and listening to the stories told by the inanimate objects I found discarded on its streets.

 

A solo performance with media that investigates the daily lives of residents in the small Danish village of Svaneke on the island of Bornholm during the shutdown period caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Created in dialogue directly with local residents of Svaneke to explore the theme of living in suspension imposed by the COVID-19 quarantines of 2020-2021.

 

The performance consists of an original text and over 70 short film clips, written and created by Kevin Doyle. Commissioned by the Bornholms Teater in 2020, and originally scheduled to premiere in May 2021 -- the production was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions on indoor gatherings imposed during Spring 2021.  The world premiere has now been scheduled for the week of September 23, 2021 -- followed by a second week of performances at Kulturcentret Svanekegaarden, both located on the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea.

 

This project was created in collaboration with the artistic staff at Bornholms Teater and is based upon interviews with actual residents of Svaneke, Denmark.

Kevin Doyle -- writer, actor, photographer, film, interviewer.

Michael Brøndum -- music, sound design, and original score.

Joar Cirkola -- technical director, video design, board operator.

Jens Boutrup -- director.

For tickets and more information, please visit the Bornholms Teater here:

https://bornholmsteater.dk/

https://bornholmsteater.dk/da/kalender/2021/9/6697/svaneke

[Presented in Danish and English.]

For Kirk Stoller (1960 - 2020).