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Miss Julie’s Happy Valley

Adapted from August Strindberg's "Miss Julie" by Michael Omoke

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Adapted from August Strindberg's "Miss Julie" by Michael Omoke

DK: Kolonitiden i Kenya, som blev udødeliggjort af Karen Blixen, var scandaliseret af Happy Valley kliken - en gruppe ultra-priviligerede aristokrater, som var kendte for deres utæmmede, hedonistiske livsstil, hvor de boede i "White Highlands" i det Britiske Kenya i 1920'erne-1940'erne. I nyfortolkning af August Strindberg's klassiker Frøken Julie, bruger manuskriptforfatter Michael Omoke i sin forestilling Miss Julie’s Happy Valley, den fiktive tragiske heltinde, som et portræt af den ikke-fiktive femme fatale, Alice de Janzé, et notorisk medlem af gruppen, som under tragiske omstændigheder begik selvmord i 1941, kort tid efter at klikens uudnævnte leder, Lord Erroll, blev myrdet. Forbrydelsen er aldrig blevet opklaret... før nu.

 

UK: Kenya's colonial days, immortalized by Karen Blixen, were scandalized by 'the 'Happy Valley Set', a group of ultra-privileged aristocrats who were famed for their debauched hedonistic lifestyle, living in the "White Highlands" of British Kenya between 1920s - 1940s. Playwright Michael Omoke's Miss Julie’s Happy Valley reimagines August Strindberg's classic Miss Julie ( 1888, Sweden ) to take cognizance of the "White Highlands" of British Kenya. The adaptation unravels the tragic, scandalous, and dubious stories surrounding the 'Happy Valley Set'. It uses Miss Julie, the play's fictitious tragic heroine character, as a portrait of Alice de Janzé, a non-fictitious American heiress who became a countess by marriage into French aristocracy before migrating to British Kenya in 1923 where she notoriously thrived as a member of the colony's 'Happy Valley Set' and tragically committed suicide in 1941. Through the years Countess Alice de Janzé had been conducting a secret affair with Happy Valley's unelected leader, Lord Erroll, who was found dead in his Buick on the morning of 28th Jan 1941 at the junction of Karen and Ngong road, Nairobi. To this date, 80 years later, nobody has ever been convicted of the murder of Lord Erroll and while the court proceedings captured world imagination, by laying bare the sexual scandals and on-goings of this small community of white settlers, Happy Valley in all it's decadence continues to act as a decoy to cover something deeper and wider...

 

OBS: Miss Julie’s Happy Valley spilles på engelsk 

Varighed: 1 time og 30 min. inkl. pause

 

Actors
Countess Alice de Janzé (Miss Julie): Pernille Johansson
Alice de Janzé Lady'maid: Rebecca Langley
Lord Erroll's butler: Michael Omoke

Director: Pálína Jónsdóttir
Director's assistant: Anna Marie Skanborg
Scenography: Ida Marie Krog & Alice Knuth
Costume designer: Mia Fasmer

Supported by
Nordic Council of Ministers
Embassy of Sweden, Copenhagen
Embassy of Norway, Copenhagen
Kenyan Embassy, Stockholm
Nordic Culture Fund

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