Faust for kids

Classics for kids

Faust for kids (2012) was a theatre production by Kristinsdottir/Willyson, based on the play by Goethe. It was the first production in the theatre trilogy Classics for kids.

Hildur Kristinsdottir directed it.

Faust for kids was nominated for The Hedda Award 2013 in the best production for children and youth category.

Classics for kids was a theatre trilogy for children aged ten years or more. Among the aims were making chosen classics available, topical and to discuss them. The artists behind the project wanted to inspire children, and they found that through the right dissemination no issue would be too scary, too embarrassing or too difficult.


(Objekt ID 34790)
Object type Production
Premiere October 19, 2012
Coproducers Black Box Teater
Residency SEANSE – centre for art production
Based on Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Audience Children, Families (from 10)
Language Norwegian
Keywords Performance for children, Theatre
Running period October 19, 2012  
Duration 45 minutes
Website Black Box Teater, Klassikere for Kids, SEANSE - senter for kunstproduksjon

At the webpage of Black Box Teater the following, among other things, is written about Faust for kids:

"Faust is eager to get to know all there is to know about all there is, he tries to solve the mysteries of the universe. Faust reads and reads, he keeps becoming wiser and wiser, but he also keeps becoming older. The more he learns, the more his frustration in all things he doesn't know grows.

Faust is already an old man and now his time on earth nears its end, and still there are many things he has not had the time to examine. This is when the crooked devil Mephisto sees his chance to trap Faust. Mephisto promises that Faust will have all his wishes on earth fulfilled. But in return Faust has to promise the devil his soul for eternity, when he dies.

But what is a soul, really? And how long does all eternity last? Faust so strongly wants to find the answers to his questions he gives in to temptation and accepts the devil's deal.

In Faust for kids the actors Maria, Tora and Anders take us along on the journey through Goethe's Faust. Goethe is one of the most well-known European writers throughout the ages. And just this story is considered his masterpiece. The performance is suitable for children aged ten years or more, whether they meet the story for the first time, or know it and need a refreshed perspective on Goethe."

Supported by: Arts Council Norway, Kunstløftet, The Fund for Performing Artists and Seanse.


Black Box Teater, blackbox.no, 21.05.2012, http://www.blackbox.no/content/titlePresentation.php?tid=2169&displayNav=false

The Hedda Award, heddaprisen.no, 10.06.2013, http://www.heddaprisen.no/pub/heddaprisen/main/?aid=1176

Classics for kids, www.klassikereforkids.no,22.09.2017, http://www.klassikereforkids.no/faust/

Contributors (19)
Name Role
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – Author
Matilde Holdhus – Concept/Idea
Hildur Kristinsdottir – Concept/Idea
Hildur Kristinsdottir – Direction
Matilde Holdhus – Dramaturge
Hreinn Gudlaugsson – Visual design (Plakat)
Petter Alstad – Stage design
Bård Vaag Stangnes – Stage design
Stine Janvin Motland – Sound design
Gyrid Nordal Kaldestad – Sound design
Norunn Standal – Lighting design
Josephine Kylén Collins – Actor
Maria Dommersnes Ramvi – Actor (Mefisto)
Anders Høgli – Actor (Faust)
Hildur Kristinsdottir – Actor
Anne-Lise Tora Berit Nilsen – Actor (Gretchen)
Kristinn Gudlaugsson – Photo
Hildur Kristinsdottir – Producer
Mona Larsen – Producer
Performance dates
September 22, 2017 18:00 – Lille scene (Marstrandgata), Black box teater Show
September 21, 2017 18:00 – Lille scene (Marstrandgata), Black box teater Show
Navember 28, 2014 19.00 – Studio USF, USF Verftet Show
Navember 27, 2014 19.00 – Studio USF, USF Verftet Show
Navember 11, 2012Teaterhuset Avant Garden Show
Navember 10, 2012Teaterhuset Avant Garden Show
Navember 9, 2012Teaterhuset Avant Garden Show
Navember 8, 2012Teaterhuset Avant Garden Show
October 21, 2012Store scene Black Box Teater (Marstrandgata) Show
October 21, 2012Store scene Black Box Teater (Marstrandgata) Show
October 20, 2012Store scene Black Box Teater (Marstrandgata) Show
October 19, 2012Store scene Black Box Teater (Marstrandgata) Opening night
Press coverage

Karen Frøsland Nystøyl, Gledelig ambisiøst barneteater (literally: Delightfully ambitious theatre for children), 23.10.2012, NRK [Oslo]:
"Classics for kids dares to pose the difficult and interesting questions, and they dare to take the children along on a journey they should be fully capable to find delight in."

Anna Valberg, Faust som Halloween-grøsser (literally: Faust as a Halloween horror story)23.10.2012, Scenekunst.no [Oslo]:
"In Faust for kids sound and lighting are disturbing, Halloween-like, in switching between warm and white, with the sounds of bees and birds and love songs, to haggard, dirty light and hard techno music. The sound image of the performance is beautiful, dark and rich in detail."