The Song Bird

The Song Bird (2016) was a theatre production by The Norwegian Theatre, based on the novel by Jan Roar Leikvoll, in an adaption for the theatre by Demian Vitanza. It was performed in the theatre's venue Scene 2.

Peer Perez Øian directed it.

Frank Kjosås interpreted the leading role, Jakoba.

Sandra Kolstad was nominated for The Hedda Award 2017 in the best audiovisual design category for her composition for The Song Bird.


(Objekt ID 55121)
Object type Production
Premiere August 26, 2016
Produced by The Norwegian Theatre
Based on The Song Bird by Jan Roar Leikvoll
Audience size 5369
Number of events 33
Language Norwegian Nynorsk
Keywords Theatre, Musical theatre
Running period August 26, 2016  

At the website of The Norwegian Theatre the following, among other things, is written about The Song Bird:

"Jakoba is early in his teens, and not like other children. He is a boy. Nobody should know. For this is a world of women. Men have been driven out several generations ago, and are now part of a kind of constant guerrilla war against the female community. Jakoba only knows them as distant, mysterious cries from the forest. He is taken out of school, and his mother is overly happy when he is accepted as a student with an acknowledged song pedagogue. He initiates a dangerous relationship to her maid, and feels urges and feelings he had no idea existed, and which he doesn't quite know how to control.

He has always known it is dangerous to be a man, and he now starts sensing how dangerous. But what it takes for him to keep singing, yes, keep living, is something everyone but Jakoba understands.


The artist and composer Sandra Kolstad stands for the music of The Song Bird, in which music and singing are central elements. In many totalitarian societies singing has an important function as correction. The song can have a clear moral, educating role, and can be a tool for propaganda as well as a glue in singularly aimed cultures."


The Norwegian Theatre,, 09.05.16,

The Hedda Award,,

Performance dates
August 26, 2016Scene 2, Det Norske Teatret, The Norwegian Theatre Worldwide premiere