Dogstar Theatre Company presents
Baroness – Karen Blixen's Final Affair
Dogstar is one of Scotland's most ambitious touring companies and consistently delivers wonderful productions based on interesting themes. In this case, what could arouse more curiosity than a new play about cult figure Karen Blixen who came to the world's attention with her memorable book "Out of Africa". She had already made a name for herself writing under the pseudonym Isak Dinesen, the ex-wife of a Swedish Baron. This play delves into a latter day love affair with a much younger man and promises to add yet another layer of intrigue to this literary legend.
This is a new play written by Thor Bjorn Krebs and translated by Kim Dambaek. It has been directed by Matthew Zajac, joint artistic director of Dogstar and writer and performer of the award-winning international hit The Tailor of Inverness. The production has been designed by Catherine Deverell with music by Aidan O'Rourke, one of Scotland's most exciting violinists, a member of the extraordinary trio LAU and three times winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Band of the Year.
The production stars Roberta Taylor, one of Britain's most talented and respected actresses. A prominent member of the great Glasgow Citizens Theatre Company of the 1970s and ‘80s, she became a household name as Irene Raymond in the BBC soap Eastenders and until recently starred as Gina Gold in ITV's The Bill. Also a successful author, her memoir, Too Many Mothers, is a best-seller.
In 1948, at the age of 62, Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), writer of Out of Africa, met the 29 year old young poet, Thorkild Bjørnvig,. He was newly married and had recently made his successful publishing debut. The two shared a powerful, dangerous and intimate friendship, their pact, which lasted six years before falling apart.
The Baroness is Thor Bjorn Krebs's provocative, free interpretation of the relationship between Blixen and Bjornvig, a relationship which is both platonic and sexually charged, and which questions and challenges the role and nature of the artist.
A smash-hit in Denmark, this is a play full of tension and poetry, with three tremendous acting roles, the play is inspired by anecdotes, letters and books by and about both Blixen and Bjørnvig.
At the height of their relationship, Bjørnvig stayed with the Baroness at her home, Rungstedlund. On a chilly day several years later – at the end of their friendship – Blixen called on Bjørnvig at his summer house in Kandestederne, in the northern most part of Denmark. The play primarily takes place in these two locations.
"Denmark's play of the year" Berlingske (Danish National
"…a passionate play about some of life's great
questions." Jyllands Posten
"See it, enjoy it, and be alarmed by it – but for
God's sake, don't miss it." Børsen