Mamsepapsen* (Mommypoppy)

Mamsepapsen* (Mommypoppy) by Karlsvogna Theatre revolved around longing and dreams, to dare believe in one’s longing and dreams and to think that they can become real despite all common sense, yes, even against nature. The character Mamsepapsen is a red-mouthed and red-nosed clown, his hair up and his pants and shoes enormous. The audience followed him from morning to evening.

"Dearest Moon! I am dreaming and longing for a girlfriend and a baby. Can you help me?"

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


(Objekt ID 2420)
Object type Production
Premiere January 1, 1992
Produced by Karlsvogna Theatre
In collaboration with Haugesund Theatre, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation's TV drama division
Audience Young children, Children (from 3)
Language Norwegian
Keywords Theatre, Performance for children, Pantomime, Physical theatre, Clownery
Running period 1992  
Website Karlsvogna Teater,

Requirements to venue

Minimum stage width 3m
Minimum stage depth 3m
Blackout No

Mamsepapsen* (Mommypoppy) by Karlsvogna Theatre was directed towards children aged three years or more, made by and with Karl Sundby. It was produced in 1992 and won the first prize for best children’s play from Norsk Kassettavgifts Fond (meaning The Norwegian Cassette Tax Fund, now named The Audio Visual Fund).

Mamsepapsen* (Mommypoppy) by Karlsvogna Theatre was a mime performance, practically without words, and no language barriers existed.

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

Source: Karlsvogna Theatre,, 01.08.2010,

Contributors (5)
Name Role
Karl Sundby – Playwright
Karl Sundby – Actor
Solfrid Heier – Performer (Assisterende medklovn i forestillingene de siste årene, etter at Linda Pedersen ble syk og døde)
Linda Pedersen – Performer (Assisterende medklovn etter hvert i forestillingen)
Vibeke Sæther – Other (Billedregi)
Performance dates
September 30, 2006Hallen, The Open Theatre (Det Åpne Teater) Show
December 28, 1993NRK TV TV-broadcast
January 1, 1992Amfiscenen, Nationaltheatret, The National Theatre Worldwide premiere
Press coverage

"A charming little fable, light as a soap bubble. Karl Sundby has hit the exact correct note for a clown, warm, weird, comical and moving at the same time. Many circus clowns could learn from him." Nationen

Friendly, warm and melancholic meeting." Indre Akershus Blad

"Almost without words, with rich mimicry and a vivid body language Sundby presents a simple and poetic little drama." Adresseavisen

"Karl Sundby is such a sensitive actor and mimic he is able to keep the attention, despite a somewhat difficult subject. It is not hard to understand why Mamsepapsen was awarded the first prize of the children’s theatre competition Scenario '92." Romerikes Blad

"(...) It wasn’t too easy being an adult, either, when Sundby kept switching between his naughty and moving styles. It is screamingly funny, and no one was surprised when the children eventually lay on the floor laughing, having to be lifted back to their seats by the clown Mamsepapsen." Larviksposten