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 promotes Young People’s expression and engagement through Puppetry and Theatre practices. As well as collaborating and performing with ERTH Visual & Physical Inc and Welsh theatre company PuppetSoup, she has co-directed and worked alongside Shop Front Arts Co-Op Junior Ensemble of 8-14-year old’s to create the original devised production, The Unknown. Tegan is currently working as Teaching Artist for Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘School Drama’. This is a Teachers Professional Development Program designed to improve teaching and learning by modelling the use of drama-based strategies with quality children's literature.