The Child (2017) was a theatre production by The National Theatre, based on the play by Jon Fosse. The production was performed in the theatre's venue Amfiscenen, The Amphi Stage.
Anne-Karen Hytten directed it.
Hermann Sabado played the role of Fredrik.
Hanne Skille Reitan played the role of Agnes.
"Two young, lonely persons, Fredrik and Agnes, know the hardships of life. They meet in a bus shelter. They find comfort in and love for each other - and soon, they are expecting a child. But the pregnancy doesn't turn out as planned, and the two must hold on to faith in each other and the belief that life can be good.
It's been more than 20 years since The National Theatre first staged Jon Fosse: The Child, inspired by Ibsen's Brand, had its world premiere during The Ibsen Festival 1996. Fosse is the rare living classic, and Anne-Karen Hytten sits in the director's chair when The Child return to its point of origin. This is a deeply emotional, mild and down-stated story in the intersection between poetry and realism, between humour and severity. With Milja Salovaara's stage design and Nils Økland's music, new spaces and tones are created in this beautiful, distinct universe."
The National Theatre, www.nationaltheatret.no, 15.09.17, http://www.nationaltheatret.no/no/program/arkiv/2017/Barnet.b7C_wZfMZ_.ips
Import from the Scenekunst.no list of openings 15.12.2016
|Jon Fosse||– Playwright|
|Anne-Karen Hytten||– Direction|
|Nils Økland||– Music|
|Olav Torbjørn Skare||– Dramaturge|
|Milja Salovaara||– Stage design|
|Milja Salovaara||– Costume design|
|Roy Knudsen||– Sound design|
|Antonio Rodrigues-Andersen||– Lighting design|
|Andrea Bræin Hovig||– Actor (Sjukesøstra)|
|Duc Mai-The||– Actor (Arvid)|
|Nils Golberg Mulvik||– Actor (Legen)|
|Hanne Skille Reitan||– Actor (Agnes)|
|Hermann Sabado||– Actor (Fredrik)|
|Ågot Sendstad||– Actor (Evelyn)|
|Sigbjørn Apeland||– Musician|
|Per Oddvar Johansen||– Musician|
|Nils Økland||– Musician|
|Hege Ramstad||– Mask design|
|Eva Hauge||– Props|
|Christina Johannessen||– Stage manager|
|Njål Øwre||– Stage Manager|
|Lisa Lind||– Lighting supervisor|
|Ingvil E. Toft||– Costume production supervisor|
|Ingvild Gjerstad||– Prompter|
|Linda Braseth||– Dresser|
|Runi Sveen||– Producer|
|Monica Lindanger||– Administration (Informasjonsansvarlig)|
|Trine Sandrine Syrrist||– Administration (Markedsansvarlig)|
"Certain emotions are too big to be expressed in precise words, and at the same time the same emotions are utterly ordinary, highly recognisable, and sometimes so universal that there are too many and too cliched words for them. Fosse's characters avoid these words. His dialogues can be performed with great depth, or they can be performed as simplicity. But even when the latter is chosen, there is depth in the text as text, in the themes and the situations.
Anne-Karen Hytten's interpretation of The Child makes the characters into sufficiently simple persons to seem like simpletons, and at times the performance seems so conscious of its humour that it approaches parody. At the same time, it has scenes calling for emotional identification - and too many of the spectators, it might be easier to accept this identification after first having been allowed to laugh at the simplicity. What a person experience as naïve in somebody else, he or she can easily read as sincerity - authenticity - in himself or herself."