A Conversation with Pim & Theo

Simon Vagn Jensen and Henrik Ipsen talk about their performance in Pim & Theo, directed by Alex Byrne.

Photo Credit: Mie Neel
Photo Credit: Mie Neel

Pim & Theo, a production by New International Encounter & Odsherred Teater, was an experience I will never forget. The immersive complexity of the show was on display throughout – from the scenography, script, sound and film design to the captivating performance of Danish Actors, Simon Vagn Jensen and Henrik Ipsen.

I was fascinated by the way the audience was incorporated into the set, as the Actors seamlessly moved us around in order to recreate the space. Throughout the 90 minute piece, I was completely drawn into the ‘non-existent world’ in which the two characters endured and struggled.

Photo Credit: Mie Neel

Both Actors took time after the Performance on Monday, 22nd May, 2017 to talk with me, commenting on how spectacular the audiences have been in South Africa. An audio recording (7 minutes) of our conversation follows:

 

Photo Credit: Mie Neel
Photo Credit: Mie Neel
Tegan Arazny (Facilitator & Documenter)
Tegan is a strong advocate for the development of Theatre and the Arts in community settings and has been involved with numerous Applied Theatre programmes throughout her professional training and experience. Tegan graduated with a Master of Arts with Distinction in Applied Theatre from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She has professional experience in Community Performance that engages young people in contemporary social issues. Tegan has also collaborated and performed with award-winning theatre company PuppetSoup to deliver puppetry workshops and tour their new bilingual show, ‘Arthur the Bear King’, to rural and socially deprived areas of Wales. Tegan is currently working with The Blue Datto Foundation as a Project Coordinator to expand and develop their interactive road safety education program to young people and communities throughout New South Wales, Australia.