Betre utan ball* (Better without a ball)

Betre utan ball* (Better without the ball) was a theatre production produced by The Norwegian Theatre in 2007, based on a play by Glenn Belden.

Øyvind Osmo Eriksen directed it.

Betre utan ball won The Hedda Award 2007 in the category of best production for children and youth.


(Objekt ID 5929)
Object type Production
Premiere March 28, 2007
Produced by The Norwegian Theatre
Based on Betre utan ball* (Better without a ball) by Glenn Belden
Audience Children
Audience size 2031
Number of events 21
Language Norwegian Nynorsk
Keywords Performance for children, Theatre
Running period March 28, 2007  

Betre utan ball won The Hedda Award 2007 in the category of best production for children and youth.

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason:

"Based on a reality the target group can recognise, without ever pointing admonishing nor politically correct fingers, this year's winner discusses a highly contemporaryand involving issue in our consensus-based society: The right to be different. The production uses simple effects and is filled with playful energy. It respects its audience, and doesn't give in to the temptation of embarrassing pandering to adults. Thus it also delights the age group it is meant for.

The winner of the year is Betre utan ball* (Better without the ball) by Glenn Belden, directed by Øyvind Osmo Eriksen, The Norwegian Theatre, the venue called Scene 2, the spring of 2007."

*Not yet translated into English. The title within parentheses is the Norwegian title's literal meaning.


Heddaprisen,, 16.07.2012,

Det Norske Teatret,, 04.11.2014,

Contributors (19)
Name Role
Glenn Belden – Playwright
Tonje Ramse Trædal – Translation (til nynorsk)
Øyvind Osmo Eriksen – Direction
Øyvind Osmo Eriksen – Music
Cecilia Ölveczky – Dramaturge
Nora Furuholmen – Stage design
Nora Furuholmen – Costume design
Øyvind Osmo Eriksen – Video/Film
Tore Gustavsen – Sound design
Joakim Moe Røisland – Lighting design
Yngve Berven – Actor (Truls / Tullemor / Bever)
Cecilie Enersen – Actor (Jenny / Lærerinna)
Ellen Dorrit Petersen – Actor (Marit / Ekspeditøren)
Anders Rummelhoff – Actor (Bjørn)
Espen Sandvik – Actor (Kim / Pompen / Bever)
Tobias Santelmann – Actor (Knut)
Sverre Solberg – Actor (Pappa / Gymlæraren)
Ingunn Beate Øyen – Actor (Mamma / Nina)
Trude Sneve – Mask design
Performance dates
March 28, 2007Scene 2, Det Norske Teatret, The Norwegian Theatre Worldwide premiere
Press coverage


"New Norwegian play for children about daring to walk one's own path."


"The story is realistic and shows a world filled with resistance from children peers and adults. (...) a production which with warmth and seriousness discusses how identity develops and how conflicts can be handled within a social context."

"Betre utan ball* (Better without the ball) is a good play for children (...) liberating that Glenn Belden dares to discuss a problem like harassment without lifting an admonishing, politically correct pointing finger."

*Not yet translated into English. The title within parentheses is the Norwegian title's literal meaning.