11 år* (11 years)

Premiére date23 May. 2017
Produced byThe Norwegian Theatre, Goksøyr & Martens
In collaboration withNorwegian Centre for New Playwriting (NCNP)
AudienceAdults, Youth
Running period23 May. 2017  
WebsiteDet Norske Teatret

About 11 år* (11 years)

11 år* (11 years) (2017) is a theatre production by The Norwegian Theatre in collaboration with Goksøyr & Martens. The production uses text by Toril Goksøyr and Camilla Martens, inspired by interviews the two have made with parents, children, employees at schools plus scientific researchers. The production is performed at the theatre's main stage.

Toril Goksøyr and Camilla Martens direct it.

The company Goksøyr & Martens is supported by Arts Council Norway. The project 11 år has been developed at Dramatikkens hus.

*Not yet translated into the English. The title within parentheses is the Norwegian title's literal meaning.

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    The Hedda Award, 2017 Årets forestilling

    More about 11 år* (11 years)

    At the website of The Norwegian Theatre the following, among other things. is written about 11 år* (11 years):

    "A young teacher undergoes an experience in which one of her pupils, an eleven-year-old girl, is involved in a fateful event. Now, the teacher is to meet the parents and the school's headmaster. In her bag, there is something she's forgotten to mention.

    The duo Goksøyr & Martens lets the project take place in the public room. It is about everyday life, those days which there are most of. We are in the school yard, and the situation is familiar to most people. One of the children at school, has long felt excluded. Now, her everyday life is slowly unveiled. Who is to blame for the fatal action of the eleven-year old?


    In 11 år, the duo of directors move into The Norwegian Theatre's main stage. The spectators are placed in scaffolds, four meters tall. From here, they can look down into a school yard with climbing play structures, swings and benches. Via headphones, the audience can follow the dialogue within a class room at the school.

    The story of the production isn't of one single child, but it is based on interviews with several parents, children, school employees and scientists. From this material, Goksøyr and Martens have written a story playing out during two hours an autumn afternoon.


    The company was established in 1997 by Toril Goksøyr and Camilla Martens. They use documentary strategies in their work, authentic elements connection art to reality."


    The Norwegian Theatre, www.detnorsketeatret.no, 27.10.2016, http://www.detnorsketeatret.no/framsyningar/11-ar/

    *Not yet translated into the English. The title within parentheses is the Norwegian title's literal meaning.