Archive for September, 2012

Tickets for tonight’s London show

We are proud to announce Kåre Conradi will be performing his critically acclaimed one-man-show PEER GYNT at the Union Theatre, London.

DATE: 8pm Sunday 9th September 2012

TICKETS: £15 – UPDATE : Tickets are available for tonight’s show and you will be able to pay on the door.

Union Theatre
204 Union Street

BOX OFFICE: 020 7261 9876

Review from Norway show

“Corey Conradi is an excellent actor and story teller. In English as well. (…) The show demonstrates that Conradi is an outstanding actor – there are abrupt turns in a wide field of expression, narrative theatre without being hollow or inflated theatrical. This is a showcase where Conradi gets to show his versatility, while we get served the story of Peer Gynt. Everything within an unpretentious hour, executed in very high quality.”

Andreas Wiese, Dagbladet, on About Peer

An interview with The Edinburgh Reporter

“You switch from being the narrator to the character very easily, and it made me think of Eddie Izzard.” Bob Doherty, The Edinburgh Reporter

“He makes the words his own, not by applying his own signature and outstaging Ibsen’s, but by letting them live through an actor’s body and mind. He engages in the text both naturally and lyrically with a sensitive understanding for Peer and his fate; he identifies with the life-struggle and the characters, and doesn’t use his own humour and irony other than to spice up the short summaries when connecting directly with the audience. In other words, he doesn’t use Ibsen to expose his talent, but his talent to expose Ibsen.

The young actor, who has undertaken several supporting roles at the National Theatre in the past year, has created and performed his solo show for school children. He should keep doing this. The teaching profession would have to look long and hard to find a more inspiring Norwegian lesson than the one he recently held at Torshovteatret. He must be given larger tasks within the theatre. His radiance and handling of words is such a natural talent that you only see examples of on rare occasions.”

Jan E. Hansen, Aftenposten, on Corey Conradi’s one-man-show Peer Gynt

The Directorate for cultural heritage signals protection of Ibsen’s apartment.

In August it was announced that the apartment building that houses, amongst other things, the Ibsen Museum and Henrik Ibsen’s apartment has been put up for sale. Because the building is not listed, it is theoretically at risk of being transformed into something else entirely.

Actor Kåre Conradi (40) is asking the Directorate for cultural heritage to consider protecting the apartment building. Now his prayers have been heard. The Directorate wishes to protect artistic homes to a greater extent. This could mean that the Ibsen Museum will become a listed building.

Kåre Conradi has acted in a number of Ibsen productions throughout his career. He’s started the Norwegian Ibsen Company and this fall he’ll do his one-man-show About Peer at the National Theatre.

To Dagbladet he expresses a wish that the Agency executive of the Directorate for Cultural Heritage, Jørn Holme, and Head of The Cultural Heritage Management Office for Oslo, Janne Wilberg, take time out and think about it.

The exterior is protected
Arbins gate 1 by the Royal Palace in Oslo contains the Ibsen Museum – where Henrik Ibsen lived for eleven years until his death in 1906. It’s the Norwegian Union of Marine Engineers that owns the apartment building, and it’s the union that now wants to sell.

There are indications that the risk of Ibsen’s apartment ending up as a construction site, or that the museum vanishes, is over.

“The exterior of the apartment building is already listed. We will now consider whether all or part of the interior will be protected” says Janne Wilberg to Dagbladet.

A rapid decision
The Cultural Heritage Management Office will in the near future make a safety assessment of the entire apartment building. The warning lights started flashing at Wilberg yesterday when the media and The Directorate for cultural heritage made her aware that the apartment building is up for sale.

“We have the ability to preserve all or part of the building. We will soon decide” says Wilberg.

She has already been in contact with the owners’ attorney. Before any sale takes place, it is important for all parties to be aware of any restrictions and regulations. The owners have received an offer of 70 million NOK, but have rejected it because they think it is too low.

Protection of artistic homes
The Agency executive of the Directorate for Cultural Heritage, Jørn Holme, has delegated his superior authority to Oslo in this matter, but signalled yesterday to Wilberg that artistic homes is on his list of priorities.

“I have urged a stronger protection of our artistic homes” says Holme.

He adds that he will not intervene in the regional administrative processes but makes it clear to Dagbladet that it is he who has the last word – in this case too.

An Ibsen powerhouse
“It seems poorly conceived, as if things have been a bit hasty. Knut Wigert had a vision and fought for it. It was he who had the basic idea for the museum, and what it represents. He’s no longer with us, but many idealists after him have kept his legacy alive” Conradi says to Dagbladet.

Conradi wants to create a greater awareness – an Ibsen-powerhouse – in Arbins gate 1. Not just for the apartment, but the museum also.

“What scares me the most is not knowing what’s going on. It feels a bit retro to go back to just having the apartment, not the museum. It should have been the opposite: the task must be to create something bigger” Conradi said.

Look to Dublin
The actor praises Dublin for what they have got at the James Joyce Centre.

“Unlike the Joyce Centre, Ibsen has actually lived in this apartment building. There is a lot of history attached to the place. Sometimes it’s difficult for Norwegians to know what Ibsen actually means. He has a tremendous political force in many countries, and is perhaps the most famous Norwegian there is.”

” I am never more proud of Norway than when I travel abroad and notice the enormous Ibsen investments out there. The legacy of Ibsen is a legacy that is important to take care of” Conradi says.


Dagbladet article.