Playwright Carin Mannheimer wins Swedish Prize

06-03 2012

 

"As a seismograph of the Swedish welfare state (Folkhemmet), Carin Mannheimer portrays modern life's issues with aging employing self-irony and a keen eye for comedy." Thus reads the jury's motivation for awarding Carin Mannheimer and the ensemble at Gothenburg Theater with the Swedish Theater Critics' Grand Prize 2011.

Carin Mannheimer (b. 1934) is a highly acclaimed screenwriter, director and playwright. Her television series produced for Swedish television have met a vast audience, and her play Sista Dansen ("The Last Dance") was the most succesful performance ever at the Gothenburg Theater. The most recent play bears the title I sista minuten ("In the Last Minute") and once again brings issues with aging and imminent death into the light.

For a performance where, in the words of the jury "the dynamic trio Inger Hayman, Gerd Hegnell and Ann Lundgren in the lead, allow harshness, tenderness and courage to form a smart and surprising comedy," Mannheimer and Gothenburg Theater were awarded the prize.