Great Expectations

Great Expectations was a puppetry production by Hollow Creature. Great Expectations was the second part of the trilogy In memoriam to Identity based on texts by the American writer Kathy Acker.


(Objekt ID 17818)
Object type Production
Premiere May 1999
Produced by Hollow Creature
Coproducers Nordland Visual Theatre
Based on Great Expectations by Kathy Acker; Blood and Guts in High School by Kathy Acker
Audience Adults, Youth
Language Norwegian
Expressions Puppetry, Theatre, Physical theatre
Running period May 1999  

Requirements to venue

Blackout Yes

On the webpage of Hollow Creature the following is written about Great Expectations:

"The puppets of Great Expectations are made of latex, making their surface strangely similar to human skin. The nakedness of the puppets is examined in interaction with the puppeteers, who manage what can be experienced as a SM-game in a closed room, in which the liberating pain is examined. The puppets become a tool to process inner pain; through physical experience and in the meeting with the other.

The production Great Expectations weaves the dream into a landscape of images, remembering origin and the sense of imminent destruction. It is poetic and raw at the same time. It may seem disillusioned; yet the same a wish for a wholeness, some security, pushes through the humble and endless respect for the fact that the authentic can't be lived out, that truths are repressed as soon as they seem to be understood; that we all are, each by ourselves, alone; we don't want to be alone, but we can't be together forever; the longing.

Two puppeteers, video installations, text as voice-over and an intimate mood convey the content.

Near are we, God.
Near and available.

Already grasped, God,
Digging claws into each other, as if
Our bodies
Are your body, God.

Pray, God,
Pray to us.
We're near.

Distorted by emotion we went out there;
We were out there just to bend
Our asses over abyss and ditch.

It was blood, it was what
You dropped it in the gutter, God.

It shone.

It flashed your picture in our eyes, God;
Eyes and mouth fall empty and vulnerable, God.

We ve gotten drunk, God,
On the blood and on your picture
Which lay in the blood as if the blood was piss.

Get drunk, God.
We're coming.

Kathy Acker"

Great Expectations was supported by Arts Council Norway and The Fund for Performing Artists.


Hollow Creature,, 20.09.2011,

Other participants
Performance dates
January 30, 2000Lille scene (Vika) – Show
January 29, 2000Lille scene (Vika) – Show
January 28, 2000Lille scene (Vika) – Show
January 27, 2000Lille scene (Vika) – Show
January 26, 2000Lille scene (Vika) – Show
January 22, 2000 20:00 – BIT Teatergarasjen – Show
January 21, 2000 20:00 – BIT Teatergarasjen – Show
January 20, 2000 20:00 – BIT Teatergarasjen – Show
January 19, 2000 20:00 – BIT Teatergarasjen – Show
June 1999Kaleidoskop Teater
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– Show
May 1999Figurteateret i Nordland – Worldwide premiere
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