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The Brat

The Brat (2014) was a theatre production by The Torshov Theatre/The National Theatre. The production is based on the musical by Harald Tusberg and Egil Monn-Iversen, in turn based on the play by Oskar Braaten. The production was staged at The Torshov Theatre.

Bjarte Hjelmeland directed it.

Kjersti Botn Sandal played the role of Milja.

Mari Maurstad played the role of Lovisa.

The production was the third part of The Torshov Theatre's musical laboratory series called Musikklab.

Information

(Objekt ID 42356)
Object type Production
Premiere Navember 7, 2014
Produced by The National Theatre
Based on The Brat by Oskar Braaten; Ungen by Oskar Braaten, Harald Tusberg, Egil Monn-Iversen
Audience Adults
Language Norwegian
Expressions Theatre, Musical
Running period Navember 7, 2014  
Website Nationaltheatret
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At the webpage of The National Theatre the following, among other things, is written about The Brat:

"Buy a song for a shilling! Long before the media society sated our hunger for news and tear-dripping stories, one could simply buy a song. Disasters, death and unhappy love were dear themes. And the broadside ballad was the inspiration when Egil Monn-Iversen and Harald Tusberg during the 1970es made one of the first Norwegian musicals, The Brat, based on Oskar Braaten's play from 1911. The story of the factory worker Milja, who 'gets in trouble' and in deep despair wants to give her kid to a rich married couple on the other side of the river, is as made for a broadside ballad. The difference is just that where the ballad devotes itself to sorrow and poverty, Oskar Braaten's The Brat has social sting.

The poet of the east side, as Oskar Braaten was called, described the battle for survival before the welfare state spread its wings above us. And those who had to fight the hardest, Braaten found, were the women on the lowest rungs of society's ladder. He gave us characters such as the social rebel Hønse-Lovisa (literally: Hen Lovisa), the dutiful Milja and the challenger Petrina.

And what is more natural than that the group of actors who has opened the musical laboratory series Musikklab a stone's throw from the river Akerselva, the red factory buildings and the house of Hønse-Lovisa, takes hold of this material? Musikklab wants to go to the core of Oskar Braaten's text. They want to examine the tradition of the broadside ballad, and to see if they can find back to the original east side idioms. Stage design and costumes will be right for their time, as in early 1900es, but the relationships and the character work will be interpreted in a contemporary, modern way. With that, this may become a rougher version of The Brat?"

SOURCES:

Import from the Scenekunst.no list of openings 09.09.2014

The National Theatre, www.nationaltheatret.no, 05.10.2014, http://www.nationaltheatret.no/MUSIKKLAB+VOLUM+3%3A+Ungen.b7C_wRfIZl.ips

Performance dates
Navember 7, 2014 19:30 – Torshovteatret - Hovedsalen – Opening night