The Wild Duck

The Wild Duck (2006) was a theatre production by The National Theatre and Goksøyr & Martens, based on the play by Henrik Ibsen in combination with a documentary text about a girl growing up with a transgendered father. The production as staged at The Torshov Theatre.

Camilla Martens and Toril Goksøyr directed it.

Henrik Mestad acted in the role of Gregers Werle.

Jan Gunnar Røise acted in the role of Hjalmar Ekdal.

Rosa Engebrigtsen Bye acted in the role of Hedvig Ekdal.

In this version, Hjalmar Ekdal was transgendered.


(Objekt ID 45362)
Object type Production
Premiere September 2, 2006
Produced by The National Theatre,
Based on The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen
Audience Adults
Language Norwegian
Expressions Drama, Theatre
Running period September 2, 2006  —  October 15, 2006
Duration 90 minutes


Einar Dahl's private archive, donated by Einar Dahl, 28.12.2014

Elisabeth Leinslie's private archive, donated by Elisabeth Leinslie, 21.04.2016

Goksøyr & Martens, goksø, 19.04.2016,

The National Theatre,, 19.04.2016,

Performance dates
September 2, 2006Torshovteatret - Hovedsalen – Opening night
Press coverage

Elisabeth Leinslie, Sterkt dokudrama (literally: Strong docudrama), 04.09.2006, Dagsavisen [Oslo]:
"Goksøyr and Martens' reimagining of The Wild Duck is a clear modernisation project. In which some of the purpose is to transform the classic into a story, with situations and context we can recognise. And it is done with depth and cleverness. Ibsen's themes and story come to rights, even though the text is much changed and fourteen-year-olds' philosophy and documentary stories anno 2006 are included. [...] Together the performers, the stage design and the music create a disturbing, entertaining and strong event."