The Writer

The performance

Where does art end and politics start? A Nobel Prize winner is isolated for psychiatric scrutiny, accused of national treason. After 60 years of hatred, shame and distrust, there has still been no reconciliation.

Co-production with Ulrike Quade and Nordland Visual Theatre.

The performance let’s the writer talk to someone again, to a three generations later someone, who perhaps has a different view upon the ever so latent minefield called freedom of thought and speech. A conversation that still avoids all the answers, simply because there may not be any. But nonetheless, intimate conversations may still provide us with associative material to why and how someone chooses to join fascistic ideologies.

Length: 65 minutes without interval.
Language: English/Dutch/German (optional)
Premiere: Stamsund International Theatre Festival, Norway, June 5th, 2009
Awards: The Audience Award at Belgrade International Theatre Festival, BITEF 2009
The Best Show Award, The Little Prince, at the 2010 Lutke International Puppet Theatre Festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Best Foreign Production at 16th Tehran-Mobarak International Puppet Theater Festival 2016 in Teheran, Iran.


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Previously touring

Belgium, Colombia, England, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Slovenia


Script: Ulrike Quade, Jo Strømgren
Direction, set design: Jo Strømgren
Puppetdesign, performer: Ulrike Quade
Performer 2016: Jeannie Charlene
Music: Edvard Grieg, Bergmund Waal Skaslien, Murcof, a.o.
Assistant to Ulrike Quade: Maria Landgraf
Costume design: Atti Kingma
Lighting design: Stephen Rolfe
Sound design: Lars Årdal
Additional puppeteer: Gunn Hernes
Producers: Jo Strømgren Kompani, Ulrike Quade Productions, and Nordland Visual Theatre
Collaboration: Riksteateret, Oslo Nye Teater
Supported by: Arts Council Norway, Bergen City Council, Norwegian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Oslo City Council and Nordland Visual Theatre.