Pippi/A Girl

Pippi/A Girl by !bang productions in The Open Theatre (Det Åpne Teater) was a production with the rock band Johns Quijote and the actress Ulla Marie Broch about how hard it is to become an autonomous person and about the longing to be loved for who one is. Taking care of oneself isn’t always easy, and wanting to be loved by others isn’t totally void of danger.

Pippi/A Girl was written by Dag Johan Haugerud and based on Astrid Lindgren’s stories about Pippi Longstocking. Direction was by Anne Regine Klovholt.


(Objekt ID 1894)
Object type Production
Premiere October 23, 2003
Produced by !bang productions
In collaboration with The Open Theatre (Det Åpne Teater)
Based on Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Audience Adults, Youth (from 15)
Language Norwegian
Expressions Theatre, Musical theatre, Music
Running period October 23, 2003  
Duration 1 hour
Website !bang, Det Åpne Teater, Johns Quijote

Requirements to venue

Minimum stage width 6m
Maximum stage width 10m
Minimum stage depth 8m
Maximum stage depth 14m
Minimum stage height 3m
Maximum stage height 6m
Blackout No
Rigging time 120 minutes
Downrigging time 60 minutes
Audience 120

In Pippi/A Girl by !bang productions Pippi is an adult. She is still waiting for her father to return the way he promised. She keeps writing him letters, but doesn’t receive any reply. She tries to leave herself, to stop waiting, but she doesn’t manage. She stays, lonely and left.

To ease the loneliness she takes in lost men who search her house out for one reason or another. She lets them stay with her while she waits. It becomes sort of a collective or an orphanage for grown-up men. Now she wants her father to come, to take over the responsibility for the lost men, so that she can leave without fearing the consequences.

Pippi/A Girl by !bang productions was supported by Arts Council Norway, The Fund for Performing Artists and The Audio Visual Fund.


!bang productions, http://pogostick.net/~annek/, 07.11.2010, http://pogostick.net/~annek/pippi.html

The Open Theatre (Det Åpne Teater), Archive, playbill Pippi/A Girl.

Name Role
Dag Johan Haugerud – Author
Anne Regine Klovholt – Adapted by
Anne Regine Klovholt – Direction
John Ivar Bye – Music
Yngvar Julin – Stage design
Ulla Marie Broch – Actor (Pippi)
John Ivar Bye – Actor
Jørun Bøgeberg – Actor
Jon Grimsby – Actor
Atle Rakvåg – Actor
Brynjulf Risnes – Actor
John Ivar Bye – Musician (gitar)
Jørun Bøgeberg – Musician (gitar)
Jon Grimsby – Musician (trommer)
Atle Rakvåg – Musician (bass)
Brynjulf Risnes – Musician (gitar)
John Ivar Bye – Singer
Performance dates
October 28, 2003Hallen – Show
October 27, 2003Hallen – Show
October 25, 2003Hallen – Show
October 24, 2003Hallen – Show
October 23, 2003Hallen – Worldwide premiere