The performance

The show is about a man who oversleeps every day. When people cannot get up in the morning, they are often called lazy and indifferent. But if we follow this man’s extreme desire to change through a tiresome day, we may realize that he’s a hero.

In a small apartment there’s a bed. An alarm bell sets off. An arm stretches out of the duvet, stops the alarm, and throws the clock into a dustbin. Another alarm bell sets off; the sound comes from a drawer.

This is the beginning of a story about a man who can’t get up in the morning. His morning rituals show us how seriously he prepares different remedies for wakening. They are so extreme that we understand that he has been struggling with this for quite some time. Clever and efficient people are liked by everyone, the lazy and indifferent ones make us irritated. But what about those who never manage, despite doing their best?

The Tired Man oversleeps on a daily basis and desperately wants to become a morning person. His boss thinks he is a fool, but after following him through a tiresome day, we may see him as a true hero.

Duration: 45 minutes, no interval
Language: Swedish/Norwegian or English, other languages is available on demand.
Premiere: Black Box Teater, Oslo, Norway, December 5th, 2019.


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Previously touring

Czechia, Faroe Islands, Norway, Sweden


Direction, choreography, text: Jo Strømgren
Performer: Anders Sanzén
Set and light design, props: Jo Strømgren
Scenic paint: Lise Haugen
Sound design: Lars Årdal
Music: Ravi Shankar, Evert Taube, Steinar Haugerud (arr. of Evert Taube), Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor & Debbie Reynolds, Lars Årdal
Technician: Bo Platzack
Photos: Jubal Battisti
Producers: Jo Strømgren Kompani
Co-producers: Sentralen UNG og Bærum Kulturhus.
Supported by:, Arts Council Norway, Oslo Kommune