Blackbird (2012) was a theatre production by The Norwegian Touring Theatre and The Norwegian Theatre, based on the play by David Harrower. The production was first performed on tour the autumn of 2012, starting in Askim, before it was performed at Scene 3, The Norwegian Theatre, in 2013.

Kim Sørensen directed it.

Marie Blokhus was nominated for The Hedda Award 2013 in the best leading actress category for her effort in Blackbird.

Vidar Sandem played the role of Ray.


(Objekt ID 34720)
Object type Production
Premiere October 4, 2012
Produced by The Norwegian Touring Theatre (Riksteatret), The Norwegian Theatre
Based on Blackbird by David Harrower
Audience Adults
Audience size 2927
Number of events 40
Language Norwegian Nynorsk
Expressions Theatre, Drama
Running period October 4, 2012  

Requirements to venue

Blackout No

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

"Thought-provoking and strong about forbidden love
Twelve year old Una had an affair with 40 year old Ray. Fifteen years later she finds him where he works. She has lived beneath a shadow of judgment from her surroundings. He has served his time in prison and started a new life. What happens when she gets the change to tell the story the way she sees it? Are there more sides than one to the truth?

The Norwegian Theatre's long-time director Vidar Sandem finally makes his onstage comeback in this critically acclaimed production. It has already toured Norway with The Norwegian Touring Theatre, and VG found that our new star Marie Blokhus and Sandem represented «Strong interaction» in a «direct, inartificial, near» performance, worthy of five pips on the dice.

Strong description
Blackbird is an intense and thought-provoking confrontation between two persons, written by the award-winning playwright David Harrower. In his description of these two human beings and their unusual love affair, Harrower transcends what one perceives as right or wrong. The play is guaranteed to test your feelings and challenge your boundaries."


The Norwegian Theatre, 19.07.2013,

Einar Dahl's private archive, donated by Einar Dahl, 16.05.2015

The Hedda Award,, 10.06.2013,

Name Role
David Harrower – Playwright
Margot Vikingstad – Translation
Kim Sørensen – Direction
Katja Ebbel – Stage design
Katja Ebbel – Costume design
Chrisander Brun – Lighting design
Marie Blokhus – Actor (Una)
Vidar Sandem – Actor (Ray)
Other participants
Performance dates
January 9, 2013Scene 3 (tidligere Prøvesalen) – New opening
October 9, 2012Askim Kino – Tour Premiere
October 4, 2012Storegull – Opening night
Press coverage