Did you know that ‘The Worm That Turned’ was set in 2012? Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of it. It was a 1980 series within a series on British ske

Performance Preview: If Harold Pinter had written the ‘The Worm That Turned’

Performance Preview: If Harold Pinter had written the ‘The Worm That Turned’

Performance Preview: If Harold Pinter had written the ‘The Worm That Turned’

Performance Preview: If Harold Pinter had written the ‘The Worm That Turned’

Performance Preview: If Harold Pinter had written the ‘The Worm That Turned’
Performance Preview: If Harold Pinter had written the ‘The Worm That Turned’
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Did you know that ‘The Worm That Turned’ was set in 2012?

Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of it. It was a 1980 series within a series on British sketch show ‘The Two Ronnies’ in which women have taken over Britain, reversing gender roles, although the guards (led by silver screen legend Diana Dors) are still clearly wearing alluring boots and hot pants with male viewers in mind.

Fast-forward 40 years and Down the Rabbit Hole are staging a new take on a Harold Pinter satirical play ‘Party Time’, which is more than a little reminiscent of ‘The Two Ronnies’ effort.

Narcissistic attitudes 
The male leaders of a totalitarian state in Pinter’s original are perhaps a little influenced by the government of Gilead in Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’.

And given that there’s only so much public hanging, ritualised rape and finger amputation we can take, it’s probably a good decision to flip the leaders’ genders in ‘Party Time’ – to lend its tired script a few modern nuances in light of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.

Beyond the gender issues, there are other themes at play, such as the narcissistic attitude of a bourgeois society cut off from the growing squalour of the outside world, which is all too prevalent in countries of vast inequality such as Trump’s America and Brexit-ravaged Britain.

The decision means that director Michael Wighton is taking charge (if they’ll let him) of an all-female cast, including seasoned actors Tove Simonsen and Audrey Cremoux, who have been joined by three students from Københavns Film & Teaterskole, with which Rabbit Hole is developing a fruitful collaboration, of whom one is Seren Oroszvary, who played Nina in ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ last spring.

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Performance Preview: If Harold Pinter had written the ‘The Worm That Turned’

Denmark sees record spike in overnight stays

Last week a new analysis documented that Denmark’s tourism industry has enjoyed significant growth in recent years.

And today it has emerged that Denmark has set a new record in terms of overnight stays by foreign tourists for the fifth year in a row. The previous record for total stays (Danish and foreign overnight stays) from 1993 has also been broken.

In total, there were 53.8 million overnight stays in Denmark last year – an increase of almost 1.4 million compared to the year before – and over half (27.4 million) were by people from abroad.

“It’s fantastic that Denmark experienced a growth in overnight stays by foreigners once again in 2018, and that the growth was particularly spurred on in the off season,” said Jan Olsen, the head of tourism organisation VisitDenmark.

“In 2018, we focused on attracting more foreign tourists and this is a strategy we need to build on – in terms of new initiatives for destinations and through marketing.”

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Swedes galore
The figures, which come from national statistics keepers Danmarks Statistik, revealed that overnight stays in hotels and on camp sites saw a significant increase by about 450,000 each compared to 2017.

Swedes accounted for most overnight hotel stays by foreigners in Denmark last year with 958,000, followed by Norwegians (871,000), people from the UK (692,000), Germans (687,000) and Americans (682,000).

The top 10 was rounded out by Italy (278,000), the Netherlands (234,000), China (213,000), France (206,000) and Spain (202,000).

Danish marinas and hostels also enjoyed spectacular growth with about 150,000 and 245,000 more overnight stays, respectively. Meanwhile, holiday centres saw a decline of about 50,000 overnight stays compared to the year before.

The tourism trend could very well continue this year, particularly following renowned travel guide Lonely Planet picking Copenhagen as ‘The world’s top city for 2019’. 

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