Hibernation was a theatre production produced by Teatret Vårt (Our Theatre) in 2008, based on the play by Heleen Verburg.

Odette Bereska directed it.

Hibernation won The Hedda Award 2008 in the category of best production for children and youth.

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason:

"In the whole wide world a lot of new and exciting drama for children is written, and performed. But the theatre institutions at home don't pay attention, and prefer to offer new productions of the evergreen children classics of Egner and Lindgren. The bigger the pleasure that one of our theatres brazenly and bravely and with excellent artistic results has made newly written drama for children a priority. The award winner is unusual: A funny, witty and beautiful performance using original, charming and efficient effects to express something that is substantial and significant for the age group it addresses.

The winner is Hibernation by Dutch Heleen Verburg at Teatret Vårt (Our Theatre) the spring of 2007."


The Hedda Award

Teatret Vårt (Our Theatre)


(Objekt ID 5818)
Object type Production
Premiere February 21, 2008
Produced by Teatret Vårt (Our Theatre)
Based on Hibernation by Heleen Verburg, Bernt Nikolai Hulsker
Audience Children
Audience size 6515
Number of events 37
Language Norwegian
Expressions Performance for children
Running period February 21, 2008  

Requirements to venue

Blackout No
Contributors (11)
Name Role
Heleen Verburg – Playwright
Bernt Nikolai Hulsker – Translation
Odette Bereska – Direction
Jonas Høgseth – Composition
Anja Furthmann – Stage design
Anja Furthmann – Costume design
Jonas Høgseth – Sound design
Finn Landsperg – Lighting design
Håkon Moe – Actor
Hilde Marie Farstad Bergersen – Actor
Valborg Frøysnes – Actor
Performance dates
February 21, 2008Store sal, Forum i Molde – National premiere, Norway
Press coverage

Writer and date unknown, Romsdals Budstikke:

"...running fun for the audience. As if we used a negative looking glass in having a look at ourselves, multiplied with a hundred. For is it so that parents frantically want their kids to stay small? Are the children there for the parents to have someone to reflect their success through? Are all everyday ritual of the good, and should meals be used as punishment? Is it right to treat children like this?"

IdaLou Larsen, date unknown, www.idalou.no:

"Finally - different theatre for children! A funny, witty as well as beautiful production which - to use a worn-out expression, finally getting its due - takes the children seriously."