One of the many amazing things about running an English-language theater in Denmark for 40 years is that many actors and directors have come to work with me, and it is fascinating to see the city and its culture through their eyes.
Right now I am performing the one-woman play ‘Shirley Valentine’ at Sorte Hest Teater in Vesterbro, and my director, Helen Tennison, is a big fan of everything Danish. I asked her why …
A paradise for hikers
“Copenhagen has been my favorite city since I first appeared in Crazy Christmas over 20 years ago. It is fabulous to experience Danish cosiness again. At the lovely Black Horse Theater we start our exercises with coffee and cakes and candles are lit even in the morning! This would be unheard of in England, where candles are mainly used for power outages. The Danes know how to make life cozy!
Helen has observed quite a few changes since she was here 20 years ago: especially in terms of getting around. “There has been a lot of development since I was last here: especially down on the other side of Nyhavn, which is a beautiful place to hang out now,” she states.
“I love to walk, and Copenhagen is a paradise for walkers. After spending a lot of time in Florida, where there is a clear shortage of sidewalks, I really appreciate the ability to walk around and enjoy the city atmosphere. It is a small town and also safe as long as you are not overthrown by the hordes of Vikings by bike. In London, cycling is something you do to be sporty on the weekends, wearing lycra. Here it’s just another way to get around. Speaking of which, the Metro is a big change in the city. The driverless trains are really clean and it’s so easy to get everywhere now. ”
Where I can be a better ‘Me’
Is it still the same ‘party town’ you remember, I ask
“London Toast Theater and Copenhagen were both a huge part of my youth. We had a lot of fun back then, and I passed a couple of bars now that I remember – or maybe I should forget! ” she remembers with questionable clarity.
“I’m not so much a party girl now, and nowadays my Danish friends invite me home. I appreciate this as it is still as expensive to eat out as ever! Copenhagen is for me in many ways what Greece is to Shirley Valentine – a beautiful place where I feel I can become a better version of myself. ”
Succeed as Shirley
It sounds like a key word to entice you back to work with me again in Copenhagen!
“Yes, thank you! It’s incredible that so many of the same people are still working with you, Vivienne. You have creative collaborations that have been nurtured for decades. Some of your English actors have stayed here, learned Danish and changed their lives. “It’s inspiring what you’ve built up,” she says enthusiastically.
“‘Shirley Valentine’ is the perfect spectacle to celebrate this – it’s about living your best life. It’s very easy to compromise when we get older: giving up parts of ourselves. Shirley encourages us to live our life to the fullest – to go after it. And what better place to do it than here – in the wonderful Copenhagen. ”
Source: The Nordic Page