Disturbing Hedda: Director Terje Tveit and Composer Kaja Bjørntvedt in conversation with Phil Stokoe

Venue: Venue: New Diorama Theatre, 15 - 16 Triton Street, Regent's Place, London, NW1 3BF

Date: Saturday 28 September 2013

Time: 5-6.30pm

Tickets: £10 (£5 if purchased with a ticket for Recording Hedda performance)


Director Terje Tveit and Composer Kaja Bjørntvedt explore with psychoanalyst Phil Stokoe some of the enduring themes in Hedda Gabler. The main character is one of 19th-century Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s best known and most flawed characters.

This an accompanying event to Recording Hedda, a production at the New Diorama Theatre. Recording Hedda gives a two-way mirror look at the psychological makeup of a modern-day woman in her late thirties, whose fictional character takes on her private persona. The production draws on Ibsen’s original play and is a collaborative project between composer Kaja Bjørntvedt and director Terje Tveit, exploring the dynamic between text and sound.

Terje Tveit is a freelance theatre director. His work on classical drama rejects socio-historical readings and seeks to explore the material through experimental staging, often merging music, movement and theatricality. He founded Ibsen Stage Company in 2001 and works both in the UK and overseas.

Kaja Bjørntvedt is a composer working with international engagements. Her music is published by Musikk-Husets Forlag with pieces included in the Trinity Guildhall Graded Exams Syllabus. In her work she explores connections between sound, text, movement and visuals, whilst searching for unconventional ways of presenting music to an audience.

Philip Stokoe is a Psychoanalyst in private practice working with adults and couples, and an Organisational Consultant, providing consultation to a wide range of organisations for 30 years. He is Honorary Visiting Professor, Mental Health at City University; where he is helping to set up a radically new way to train Mental Health Nurses based on psychoanalytic principles. He worked as a Consultant Social Worker in the Adult Department of the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust between 1994 and 2012 where he was the Clinical Director of the Adult Department from 2007 to 2011. He has developed a reputation as a successful teacher and has taught and written about the application of psychoanalysis in a wide range of settings: Supervision, Leadership, Groups, Organisations, Ethics, Borderline Disorder, Adolescence, Residential Work, Working with victims of Sexual Abuse, Psychological Services in the NHS, Couple Relationships, and Politics. He has particular interest in human creativity as it relates to the development of the mind and the central role of curiosity and interest. His early experience as an actor has left him with an abiding interest in Theatre, Art and Cinema.

Photo: Ali Yalgin

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