La deg være (Let you be) (NO)

Ibsen Award winner delivers new and heartfelt drama!

By Arne Lygre. (Photo: Øyvind Eide)  

By Arne Lygre. (Photo: Øyvind Eide)



Nationaltheatret, Amfiscenen

The performance will have English surtitles.
Duration: 2 hours.

Intimate and unrefined about loneliness and a sense of belonging.

It is a warm summer night, and a group of boys drink beer and go for a swim. Two people come walking by. Everything goes wrong. Everybody involved needs someone with whom to share the incident. Someone to blame. They search for security, while life is destroyed. Who have you been, and who will you be when everything is turned upside down?

In the performance La deg være (Let you be) this and other stories are told through the characters Person, Friend, Acquaintance, Stranger and Enemy. Every story and every encounter is connected, and the result is a tale about loneliness, severance, a sense of belonging and who we are to each other. But this is also a story about hope, mercy and love – and about who is by our side when the Earth shatters.

La deg være (Let you be) is a new work by Arne Lygre, one of our leading playwrights. Since his debut in 1998, he has received the Brage Award and the Ibsen Award, been acclaimed abroad and translated into 15 languages. Lygre is a resident playwright at Nationaltheatret.

His beautiful, intimate and raw text is in safe artistic hands: the ground-breaking Rebecca Ringst is responsible for set design and costume design, while the young, up-and-coming Johannes Holmen Dahl directs. He completed his degree from Kunsthøgskolen in Oslo summer 2015, and the last year he has worked at Dramaten in Stockholm, where he staged a critically acclaimed production of Barnet (The Child) by Jon Fosse.

Get a sneakpeak of the performance here:

This is undoubtedly the best production I’ve seen of Lygre in Norway (...) Exceptionally touching performance (...) One’s not quite the same afterwards.
— Klassekampen
Arne Lygre once again move deep into the human core.
— Dagbladet
Major poetic twists and fascinating changes.
— Dagsavisen
Few depict the 2010 century solitude as aptly as Arne Lygre.
— Aftenposten

Festival performances:
9. SEPTEMBER 19:30
10. SEPTEMBER 18:00
17. SEPTEMBER 18:00
24. SEPTEMBER 15:00

Johannes Holmen Dahl

Dahl is a young director with a master in direction from Kunsthøgskolen in Oslo. He has worked at Nationaltheatret earlier, but Let you be is his first full-scale production at the theatre. In spring 2016 he staged I lodjurets timma at Dramaten in Stockholm, where he has previously staged Jon Fosse's Barnet (The Child).

Set and costume design: Rebecca Ringst
Light design: Norunn Standal
Make-up: Eva Sharp
Dramaturg: Mari Vatne Kjeldstadli

Actors: Tone Mostraum, Andrine Sæther, Glenn André Kaada, Hanne Skille Reitan og Olav Waastad.

The Big O is a pilot for a new collaborative project made up of some of Norway’s leading cultural institutions and the most out-there culture enthusiasts. It is our pleasure to invite you to The Big O’s opening party on the 7th September, where there will taste of the project’s exciting and diverse programme and a chance to learn more about our plans for the future.

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