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11 years

11 years (2017) was a theatre production by The Norwegian Theatre in collaboration with Goksøyr & Martens and Dramatikkens hus. The production uses text by Toril Goksøyr and Camilla Martens, inspired by interviews the two have made with parents, children, school employees and scientific researchers. The production was performed at the theatre's main stage.

Toril Goksøyr and Camilla Martens directed it.

11 years was nominated for The Hedda Award 2017 in the production of the year category. It was nominated for Norwegian Critics' Award for theatre the same year.


(Objekt ID 67632)
Object type Production
Premiere May 23, 2017
Produced by The Norwegian Theatre,
In collaboration with Norwegian Centre for New Playwriting (NCNP)
Audience Adults, Youth
Audience size 2565
Number of events 33
Language Norwegian
Expressions Theatre
Running period May 23, 2017  
Website Det Norske Teatret

At the website of The Norwegian Theatre the following, among other things. is written about 11 years:

"A young teacher undergoes an experience in which one of her pupils, an eleven-year-old girl, is involved in a fateful event. Now, the teacher is to meet the parents and the school's headmaster. In her bag, there is something she's forgotten to mention.

The duo Goksøyr & Martens lets the project take place in the public room. It is about everyday life, those days which there are most of. We are in the school yard, and the situation is familiar to most people. One of the children at school, has long felt excluded. Now, her everyday life is slowly unveiled. Who is to blame for the fatal action of the eleven-year old?


In 11 years, the duo of directors moves into The Norwegian Theatre's main stage. The spectators are placed in scaffolds, four meters tall. From here, they can look down into a school yard with climbing play structures, swings and benches. Via headphones, the audience can follow the dialogue within a class room at the school.

The story of the production isn't of one single child, but it is based on interviews with several parents, children, school employees and scientists. From this material, Goksøyr and Martens have written a story playing out for two hours an autumn afternoon.


The company was established in 1997 by Toril Goksøyr and Camilla Martens. They use documentary strategies in their work, authentic elements connection art to reality."

The company Goksøyr & Martens is supported by Arts Council Norway.


The Norwegian Theatre, www.detnorsketeatret.no, 27.10.2016, http://www.detnorsketeatret.no/framsyningar/11-ar/

The Hedda Award, www.heddaprisen.no, https://www.heddaprisen.no/nominerte/2017

Norwegian Critics' Association, www.kritikerlaget.no, 26.08.17, http://kritikerlaget.no/saker/de-nominerte-til-kritikerprisene-for-teater-musikk-og-dans-1202

Contributors (19)
Name Role
Toril Goksøyr – Script
Camilla Martens – Script
Toril Goksøyr – Concept/Idea
Camilla Martens – Concept/Idea
Toril Goksøyr – Direction
Camilla Martens – Direction
Ane Brun – Music
Anders Hasmo – Dramaturge
Ingrid Weme Nilsen – Dramaturge
Olav Myrtvedt – Stage design
Olav Myrtvedt – Costume design
Fredric Vogel – Sound design
Ingeborg Staxrud Olerud – Lighting design
Kjersti Dalseide – Actor (Læraren)
Jon Bleiklie Devik – Actor (Faren)
Benjamin Haug Hagen – Actor (Sonen)
Agnes Kittelsen – Actor (Rektoren)
Julie Moe Sandø – Actor (Mora)
Oddgeir Thune – Actor (Lærarens mann)
Performance dates
June 14, 2017 18:00 – Hovudscenen , Heddadagene – Show
June 13, 2017 18:00 – Hovudscenen , Heddadagene – Show
June 11, 2017 14:00 – Hovudscenen , Heddadagene – Show
June 11, 2017 17:00 – Hovudscenen , Heddadagene – Show
June 10, 2017 16:00 – Hovudscenen , Heddadagene – Show
June 9, 2017 18:00 – Hovudscenen , Heddadagene – Show
May 23, 2017Hovudscenen – Worldwide premiere
Festivals (1)
Heddadagene June 9, 2017
Awards - Nominations (1)