Cut the Cord presents I RUN, a new Danish play by Line Mørkeby shining a light on how we talk about death.
A dad loses his 6-year old daughter to cancer, and his world falls apart. He doesn’t know how to process the life-shattering void following her premature death. He starts running to deal with his loss. Only, he can’t stop. He runs through the pain, the memories and the grief to try and find the point where he no longer runs, but soars – the point where he is close to her again.
I RUN is a fast-paced, explosive and moving one-man play about running, grief and missing someone we love. About how you survive the death of your child. It explores how exercise can improve mental health, the rise of male depression, and why we find it so hard to talk about death.
This piercing piece of new writing by award winning Danish playwright Line Mørkeby is brought to the Vault stage for the very first time, following its UK premiere at Drama Centre London in 2018.
Part of Let's Talk @ VAULT Festival with Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.
Cut the Cord questions the world we live in by turning it upside down. We explore political issues through bold visual narratives and movement, unlocking the physical life of a text. Our work focuses on new Scandinavian writing and the crossover between science and imagination, questioning what it means to be human.
Cut the Cord won a Judges' Commendation for 'Kinder K' at the National Student Drama Festival 2018.
Previous work includes: Beyond the Blue (Camden People's Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Omnibus Theatre) and Kinder K (Bunker Theatre, The Venue - NSDF 2018).
Dad: Max Keeble
Ellen: Dolcie Quick (voice), Sophie Morris
Writer: Line Mørkeby
Translator: Kim Dambæk
Director: Camilla Gürtler
Producer: Ludwig Meslet
Designer: Niall McKeever
Composer: Sarah Carton
Projection: Emily Noble
Stage manager: Charlotte Brown
Praise for previous work:
The Sunday Times (Kinder K, NSDF): "Cut the Chord’s Kinder K also has an insidious toxicity, but locates itself firmly inside our reality. Camilla Gürtler’s production slithered between the two narratives with elegance and animosity, the actors effortlessly sinister within the intricate, sterile white set."
A Younger Theatre (Kinder K, Bunker Theatre): "The director’s ability to play with lighting is so acute that it becomes almost a role within itself, signalling crucial changes to both tone and time period. Their modern style and relentless energy prevents the show from falling limp at any moment."
A Younger Theatre (Beyond the Blue): "This exemplary theatre company is empowering the next generation to take an active role in our current world issues. It would be extremely useful to see more similar programs across other schools."