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also known as Bengt Gunnar Richard Ahlfors

playwright , Stage director

Bengt Ahlfors is a Finnish stage director who wrote his works in Swedish.

In 1970's he entered theatre world with the help of Vivica Bandler.

Background

He grew in Kronohagen in Helsingfors.His whole family spoke Swedish.Interesting enough, that when his parents dont want him to understand them they began to speak Finnish.However Bengt got a command of Finnish in the school soon, so they switched to German as their secret speech.

Career

Bengt Ahlfors spent the whole of his life in Helsingfors, his native town besides three years in Villa Biaudet in Lovisa as a scholarship holder. Nevertheless he accepted many foreign guests.

At the beginninmg of his career he worked as a theatre critic at Nya Pressen(Helsinki newspaper) and Hufvudstadsbladet.

1959-1963 It's a time of publication of satirical short stories, a novel, poems and songs.

1963 - he completed and directed the first work at the stage of Lilla Teatern (The Little Theater), Helsinki.

Then he worked for some time as an artistic leader.

In 1971 he debuted as a writer with a book "Sånger & dikter ".

Since 1978 he acted as a writer and free lance director.

1988 - he took a post of poet-in-Residence at the Djerassi Foundation in California.

1970 - his play "Around The World In 80 Days" was created and staged at the Lilla Teatern. It had immediate success in Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland and Hungary. Bengt himself had to direct it 3 times.

In 2009 he became a member of Finish Playwrights Union.

Achievements

  • He wrote about 30 plays in his native language(swedish). Most of his works are comedies, but there are also several dramas in his repertoire. He wrote seven books and even drew up several hundreds swedish melodies. Alan Goodson , who is translator and actor in Los Angeles, has translated several plays of Bengt Ahlfors and some of them are performed in United States of America.

    Bengt directed about 60 plays, among them Shakespeare, Molière, Brecht, O´Neill, Chehov.

Works

  • book

    • Fragment av en barndom. (1978)

    • Stigzeliuska rummet. (1980)

  • collection of poems

    • Sånger & dikter(1971)

  • collection of songs

    • Blandade känslor. 41 sånger i urval av Henrik Huldén.(1989)

  • collection of stories in poem and prose

    • Bengt Ahlfors´ läsebok(1993)

  • memoirs

    • Äventyr i teaterbranschen. Minnen och sidorepliker.(2001)

  • novel

    • Personerna(1984)

  • play

    • Panik i Rölleby (1948)

    • Biskopens dilemma (1965)

    • Brecht om Brecht (1965)

    • Lurifax, eller farsen om advokaten Patelin (1965)

    • Var är min stora luddiga nalle? (1966)

    • Da capo (1966)

    • Wälläri osv. (1967)

    • Planket (1968)

    • Tjeckoslovakien (1968)

    • Kropp (1969)

    • I våras (1970)

    • Med-borgare (1970)

    • Jorden runt på 80 dagar (1970)

    • 13-14-15 (1971)

    • Märta Larsson, 65 (1971)

    • Allas vår Amos (1972)

    • Hårda tider (1973)

    • Lena i november (1974)

    • Fänrik Ståls sägner (1976)

    • Smugglarkungen (1977)

    • Ringleken (1978)

    • Om kvinnor kunde veta vad de vill! (1979)

    • Neutronbombskabaré (1981)

    • Det var en gång (1982)

    • En teaterkomedi (1983)

    • Goda grannar (1984)

    • Genèvekonventionen (1984)

    • En cabaret - en sång (1985)

    • Morkis! (1986)

    • Finns det tigrar i Kongo? (1986)

    • Soppan kallnar, minnet sviker (1987)

    • Morgongåvan (1989)

    • Blandade känslor (1988)

    • Sekahaku (1988)

    • Lahja tuntemattomalle ystävälle (1990)

    • Maries barn (1991)

    • Utfärden till Mistelskär (1991)

    • Pladask! (1992)

    • Charlie, född till författare (1993)

    • Vitlök med choklad (1993)

    • Stulen lycka (1994)

    • Huijattu onni (1995)

    • Rysk rulett (1996)

    • Aska och akvavit (1999)

    • När igelkottar älskar (1999)

    • Illusionisterna (2001)

    • Jaguaren (2003)

    • Den sista cigarren (2004)

Connections

wife:
Ritva Siikala - Finnish - Stage director

When Bengt started his work in the theatre where he met a young girl from Nothern Finland,which speak finnish. They communicated much, and now she is his wife. They have been together for 34 years. He has a wife, a child and two grandchildren.

colleague, friend:
Vivica Bandler
Vivica Bandler - colleague, friend of Bengt Ahlfors

theatre director, theatre chef