Drugs, club and rehab

By on September 18, 2017
Carl Bengtsson

Drugs, the club and rehab – a smart, shaking and humorous play about navigating in our dissolved contemporary

Premiere 30 September, Small scene

People, places and things by Duncan MacMillan, directed by Andrés Lima, made great success at the first performance at the National Theater in London, quickly moved to the West End and are now on tour in England. On October 19th it will be put up on Broadway!

In starring as Emma, we see star tipped Sandra Huldt together with a fantastic ensemble. 12 actors portrays around 30 characters where we among others see Per Sandberg, Pablo Leiva Wenger, Gunilla Röör, Fredrik Lycke, Ann-Sofie Rase, Alma Pöysti, Daniel Nyström and Leonard Terfelt.

The name of the play refers to the 12 step program and the insight of the powerlessness of the drug addict to Persons who make them want to relapse, Places they associate with addiction and Things that trigger old behavior.
Actress Emma (Sandra Huldt) is pulled down in a spiral of drugs until no other resort exists than treatment homes and a 12-step program. Scenography ranging from club environment to rehab clinic, along with music composed by British Nick Powell, is an important part of the story’s dramaturgy.

– It is incredibly exciting to work with Andrés, who has such an eye for composition and rhythm, and the fact that we are so many on stage will make it really cool performing arts, says Sandra Huldt.

The roll character Emma breaks down infront of the audience like Nina in the final scene of Chekhov’s Måsen. After checking in at the treatment home it goes not particularly good. What should she say in the group conversation? When she does not even know what name she should use about herself. Emma? Her artist name. Sarah? Emma struggles hard to keep the secret of who she is – unclear also too herself.

– We are witnessing a sad and broken woman’s journey of collapse, where time and space go into each other, with madness and hallucinations. Through Emma’s eyes we are taken with in her fight for recovery, says director Andrés Lima. Although Emma’s world is torturing, there is both hope and humor in the play.

– It feels great to reveal a problem that is so common and as we all come into contact with one way or another during a lifetime, but as far too often is hidden away, continues Sandra Huldt.

Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm.

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