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Malmfrid Hallum’s Reconstructions

In 2015 we successfully funded the translated of Malmfrid Hallum’s Reconstructions into English via the Nordic Writers Guild, and after a short workshop period we staged a rehearsed reading of her poetic play to an invited audience at the Arcola Theatre.

Four androgynous figures stand on a bridge
in a state of limbo,
the sky as red as blood
The colours are monochrome, minimal and few
Movements focused, stylised and
voices rise and fall
in a register of tones
that turn into electric signals going
in one direction, sensitive to changes in air pressure


Written by: Malmfrid Hallum
Directed by: Kay Michael
Music by: Theo Whitworth
Cast: David Burnett, Lizzie Clarke, Peter Hobday, Bettine Mackenzie

Supported by the Nordic Writers Guild.

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M. H. Hallum (b. 1979) graduated from Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama (UK) in 2000. She has written 12 dramatic texts – all commissioned work performed nationally and internationally. A Thing of Beauty wonbest stage performance in Oslo 2013 and has been on tour in Belgium and Holland. In 2014 she was an Ibsen Award nominee, and was awarded Henrik Ibsen ́s childhood home as an artist ́s residence, and this year she is guesting The National Theatre in Norway.