Then Silence

Then Silence (2009) was a theatre production by The Norwegian Theatre, based on a play by Arne Lygre

Then Silence followed the success of Man without Purpose, and the play Days Beneath. The world wide premiere of the latter took place at Teater Momentum in Odense in Denmark.

Stage designer Dordi Strøm and lighting designer Gyril Høgberg were nominated for The Hedda Award 2009 in the category of best visual design for their stage design and lighting design respectively.


(Objekt ID 26171)
Object type Production
Premiere February 28, 2009
Produced by The Norwegian Theatre
Based on Then Silence by Arne Lygre
Audience Adults
Audience size 1013
Number of events 20
Language Norwegian Nynorsk
Keywords Theatre
Running period February 28, 2009  
Website det norske teatret

Requirements to venue

Blackout Yes

At the webpage of The Norwegian Theatre the following, among other things, is written about Then Silence:

"In Then Silence expression and content melt into one another in a tight composition. In ten different scenes Arne Lygre asks what kind of roles human beings are forced into to survive. The scenes have been written as conventional dramatic dialogues, but all the way they are accompanied by their own commenting dialogue.

A dangerous game

Three out-zeroed characters stay in a place of nowhere. They attempt to phrase the world. They produce fragments of a past or visions of a future or perhaps allegoric analyses concerning our contemporary age. The world we may glimpse behind the fragments is neurotic, characterised by desire, the need to transgress limits and anxiety. And the play is characterised by unquiet, unquiet as to the direction this neurotic world may develop in.


New Norwegian

Under the vignette New Norwegian (NY NORSK, in Norwegian spelled almost like the title of the language form used by The Norwegian Theatre, save that the language form is spelled in one word, whereas the vignette used a pause between New and Norwegian, Sceneweb's comment) The Norwegian Theatre and its artistic director Vidar Sandem in 2009 present there promising young contemporary playwrights. When spring comes, Erlend Sandem and Arne Lygre are who are staged in Prøvesalen (literally: The Rehearsal Room)."

Writer Arne Lygre received economic support from Arts Council Norway for his playwriting.


The Norwegian Theatre,, 16.10.2012,

The Hedda Award

Contributors (15)
Name Role
Arne Lygre – Playwright
Gunnhild Øyehaug – Translation (til nynorsk)
Torkil Sandsund – Direction
Kai Johnsen – Dramaturge
Dordi Strøm – Stage design
Dordi Strøm – Costume design
Torkil Sandsund – Sound design
Gyril Høgberg – Lighting design
Morten Espeland – Actor (Bror)
Tobias Santelmann – Actor (Ein)
Håkon Mathias Vassvik – Actor (Ein annan)
Ingun Ihler Wagner – Mask design
Kristin Lyseggen – Photo
Igor Zamarajev – Sound master
Henriette Blakstad – Director’s assistant
Performance dates
February 28, 2009Scene 3 (tidligere Prøvesalen), The Norwegian Theatre Worldwide premiere