165 participants took part in the Nordic Culture Forum’s gathering to discuss contemporary drama took place in Tampere on 7-8 August 2008. All countries shared the need to reach out to new audiences with new stories. The search for new audiences has brought along new kinds of working methods, like hatcheries where playwrights work in groups and together with tutors and actors. One of the future challenges is to reach out to the new members of the society and to tell the stories that they can associate with.
Nordic theatres have not chosen many new plays from neighboring countries, and, excluding the classics and children’s plays, there are only few plays from other Nordic countries in the theatre repertoires. As a future recipe, the NCF suggested open and strong Nordic networks, which follow the time and adapt to the changing needs. They could also play an important role in changing the focus of Nordic cooperation towards the international theatre field.
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