Change is possible. Change is necessary. Change is inevitable.

Smith & Sveen

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Commonism is a meeting of two people from different countries in search of some common ground. It’s a performed conversation – a dialogue that asks questions about nationality, internationality, theatre and politics.

Andy Smith and Amund Sjølie Sveen award winning theatre makers. Andy is originally from the North of England, Amund from the North of Norway. They have known each other for about fifteen years. Andy lived and worked in Oslo between 2006 and 2010, and in 2008 they collaborated on a project for young people called Hvor er du? (In English: Where are you?). Commonism is their new collaboration.

In Commonism they explore nationality and internationality, capitalism and democracy, future and hope, and the need for change. They talk about who we are – and who we could be – in the times we live in. They think about who we are and where are going, and make some suggestions for the future – for our common future.

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“The most directly political and active piece of theatre I have ever engaged with and there is something quite radical about that” Exeunt


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