Rikke Wölck (b. 1954) is a Danish actress, playwright and director. She graduated from the National Theatre School in 1977 and in the 1980s and 1990s she was associated with the Turnus Theatre, where she also staged shows for children. Since 1997, she has with great talent written and directed several children’s plays at the Little Theatre. In 2014 she won the Wauw-Award for her adult play MY NAME IS SUSAN (2014), which became a huge success. MY NAME IS SUSAN has been performed at theatres in both Sweden, Norway and Iceland after its successful rerun in Copenhagen, Denmark.
MY NAME IS SUSAN
Danish original text, English translation
MY NAME IS SUSAN is a life-affirming story about four women and their strong and loving friendship. As Susan at age 55 are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, her friends gather around her until her death. It gives them an opportunity to reflect on the life lived and the choices they have made and through laughter and tears, Susan’s tragedy changes them all.
The play’s action centres on the emotions and the situations that arise, when Susan is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As the play progresses her friends try to evoke and maintain the highlights of Susan’s and their own lives, just like the girls are trying to take over Susan’s life with all the “last minute things” she simply must do, before it’s too late.