What the Rhinoceros Saw

Premiére date15 Feb. 2018
Produced byThe Norwegian Theatre
Based onWhat the Rhinoceros Saw when it Looked on the Other Side of the Fence by Jens Raschke
AudienceChildren (from 11)
LanguageNorwegian Nynorsk
ExpressionsPerformance for children , Theatre
Running period15 Feb. 2018  

About What the Rhinoceros Saw

What the Rhinoceros Saw (2018) is a planned theatre production for children by The Norwegian Theatre, based on the play What the Rhinoceros Saw when it Looked on the Other Side of the Fence by Jens Raschke/Rasche. The production will be performed in the theatre's venue Scene 3.

Ivar Tindberg directs it.

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    More about What the Rhinoceros Saw

    At the website of The Norwegian Theatre the following, among other things, is written about What the Rhinoceros Saw when it Looked on the Other Side of the Fence:

    "We are in a pretty normal zoo. Here, many exotic animals lead lazy lives behind the fences. But after the mysterious death of a rhinoceros, a bear moves into the zoo. The bear begins to ask uncomfortable questions: Who are these strange creatures who live on the other side of the fence?

    They arrive with trains, and are thin as sticks, striped as zebras, but they walk on two legs, and they don't smell particularly nice. The zebra creatures are more dead than alive. Never before has the bear seen this kind of characters.

    The organised life of the marmot, daddy Baboon and all the other animals in the zoo is disturbed by the pushy questions from the bear. When the most awful of all has become part of daily life, the limits for what we can stand have been moved.

    In time, one gets used to everything, and a recently moved bear is what it takes to get going.

    Award-winning playwright

    In the play What the Rhinoceros Saw when it Looked on the Other Side of the Fence, playwright Jens Raschke has imagined the animals' outlook and thoughts to raise questions about violence, social suppression and the collective unconscious. The action is set during World War II and a zoo in the concentration camp Buchenwald.

    This zoo actually existed, wall-to-wall with the concentration camp, and it was a popular place to spend the weekends for the citizens of Weimar during the war. The play encourages civilian courage and standing up against suppression. Others' suffering is your concern, too.

    The play won the German award for children's theatre in 2014."

    SOURCE:

    The Norwegian Theatre, 02.11.2017, detnorsketeatret.no, https://www.detnorsketeatret.no/framsyningar/kva-nashornet-sag/