- one of the most appreciated theatre companies in Sweden
In certain corners of life you can find some rest
in the delusion that the world is good.
That happens, for example, often at Pero Theatre
where life seems possible to influence.
A very positive way of relating to a child audience.
A lie, yes indeed, but when reality turns up around 10 – 12 years of age,
the child exposed to Pero's mime stunts and fantasy
at least is equipped with a cocky pride as an antidote
to despondency and existential dispair.
Pero Theatre was founded in 1983 by Peter Engkvist & Roger Westberg and creates theatre for children, adolescence and adults. Peter Engkvist is today the Artistic Director of Pero Theatre.
Since 1993 Pero Theatre house two stages in the heart of Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, presenting own performances almost every day together with guest appearances, about 400 performances a year.
During the last years Pero Theatre has been performing in festivals e.g. Denmark, USA, Iceland, Korea, Cameroon and China.
Pero Theatre has been conducting workshops abroad for actors and directors since 1987 (e.g. Finland, Iceland, China, India and Vietnam).
Pero Theatre´s artistic foundation is built on mime and mimical storytelling combined with music and dialogue. As a company performing for children Pero Theatre is well established and has toured all around Stockholm, Sweden and the rest of the world.
Several of Pero Theatre´s plays has received awards such as Örjan – the Eagle Afraid of Heights which received The Governments Award for Children - & Adolescent Theatre in 1992 and the papers wrote ...one of the greatest dramatizations the theatre of children has ever seen. Dagens Nyheter
The plays The Wizard of Oz and The Boy and the Star was nominated for the Critics Award.
In 2011 Pero Theatre was invited to perform with Aston's stones at The 17th ASSITEJ Performing Arts Festival and Congress in Copenhagen and Malmoe. ...performed by three scenic geniuses. DN ...exquisite and heartwarming... SvD ...backing up children, in quietness and on soft and gentle musical paws. Expressen
In 2012 Pero Theatre was invited to participate with Aston's stones at The Imaginate Festival in Edinburgh and gave the performance on the 12th - 14th of May. The Herald wrote ...a deliciously whimsical take on childhood obsessions by Teater Pero (Sweden). Lovely live, jazzy music from three hilariously deadpan performers adds sophisticated swing to this simple family tale (for three to six years) of a boy who "adopts" lonely stones. Tinies giggled and parents grinned, maybe ruefully. In July Peter Engkvist and the actors in Aston's stones led a workshop for actors and directors in Tibet.
Productions available for touring abroad: (All of these are performed in English.)
Aston's stones (from 3 years)
The Man, the Lady and Something in the Belly (from 5 years)
Örjan – The Eagle Afraid of Heights (from 4 years)