On the ball

On the ball (1999) was a theatre production about football by Temte Productions.

On the ball was about growing up in a football community, finding an identity of one's own in a myriad of rules, hormones and pressure from expectations.The production was about three boys' struggle to be the best, be accepted by the regional team and become a professional playing for Leeds.

Peter Lorimer is the great idol, because he used to shoot hardest in the world. The audience met the boys when training and playing. In the wardrobe and during their spare time. The jargon was rough. Vulnerability deep.

On the ball is from the world of boys, for better and worse. The former football player Rune Temte (who used to play for Norwegian football team Strømsgodset) wrote the play.


(Objekt ID 21806)
Object type Production
Premiere January 30, 1999
Produced by Temte Productions
Based on Først på ballen by Rune Temte
Audience Youth, Adults (from 13)
Language Norwegian Bokmål
Expressions Theatre
Running period January 30, 1999  

Requirements to venue

Blackout Yes

On the ball had its world wide premiere in Drammens Teater and was later performed at The Open Theatre (Det Åpne Teater, Oslo), Ibsen Theatre (Skien), Teatret Vårt (Our Theatre, Molde), Trønderlag Theatre (Trondheim), Arbeider'n (Ålesund), Rogaland Theatre (Stavanger), The National Venue of Theatre (Bergen), Hålogaland Theatre (Tromsø), Centralteatret (Oslo), Agder Theatre (Kristiansand) and Drammens Teater (Drammen).

Tema Productions had the technical responsibility for the production while on tour.

On the ball by Temte Productions was supported by The Fund for Performing Artists, The Norwegian Actors' Equity Association's fund for freelancers, Arts Council Norway, Drammens Teater and the municipality of Nedre Eiker.


Temte Productions, temte.no, 27.10.2011, http://temte.no/sider/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=23%3Aforst-pa-ballen&catid=10%3Atidligere-prosjekter&Itemid=11&lang=nb

Name Role
Rune Temte – Text
Marcelino Martin Valiente – Dramatised by
Marcelino Martin Valiente – Direction
Gunhild Bjørnsgaard – Choreography
Thea Glimsdal Temte – Costume
Jacob Hultgren – Video/Film
Rune Michael Glimsdal – Sound
Ole Petter Westbye – Lighting design
Martin Lotherington – Actor
Thea Glimsdal Temte – Actor (TV-vertinne - på video)
Rune Temte – Actor
Markus Scarth Tønseth – Actor
Geir-Atle Johnsen – Voiceover (Speaker)
Jacob Hultgren – Photo
Ole Petter Westbye – Technical director
Espen Andersen – Producer
Kjell Borgersen – Consultant (fotball)
Kjetil Skøien – Consultant (tekst)
Performance dates
October 29, 1999Oslo Nye Centralteatret – Show
October 23, 1999BIT Teatergarasjen – Show
October 22, 1999BIT Teatergarasjen – Show
February 14, 1999Store scene (Vika) – Show
February 13, 1999Store scene (Vika) – Show
January 30, 1999Studioscenen
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– Worldwide premiere