Gyrid Axe Øvsteng developed the performance for children Plopp (literally, the sound of water dripping) as part of the project Kunst for barn* (Art for children), a collaborative project between The Open Theatre (Det Åpne Teater) and The Norwegian Institute for Children's Literature. The stage text Plopp is about the girl Plopp who is afraid of water. Plopp was performed with the dance performance Lars under the title of Teaterselskap* (Theatre Party) in Ibsen Theatre and The Open Theatre (Det Åpne Teater) in March 2009.

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


(Objekt ID 7036)
Object type Production
Premiere March 14, 2009
Coproducers Ibsen Theatre, The Open Theatre (Det Åpne Teater),
Based on Plopp by Gyrid Axe Øvsteng
Audience Young children, Children, All (from 3 to 6)
Language Norwegian
Keywords Theatre, Performance for children
Running period March 14, 2009  
Website Støpeskien, Det Åpne Teater, Teater Ibsen

Requirements to venue

Blackout No

About the production Teaterselskap* (Theatre Party): After the first half of the performance had been performed, drama pedagogue Lisa Nagel walked the children through the production. The children were allowed to make something they thought others would fear. The art made by the children was then exhibited as an illuminated stage decoration for the second half of the show.


The Open Theatre (Det Åpne Teater),, 07.10.2010,

The newspaper TA,, 07.10.2010,

The newspaper Varden. 07.10.2010:

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

Contributors (5)
Name Role
Gyrid Axe Øvsteng – Text
Gyrid Axe Øvsteng – Direction
Ragnhild Mærli – Dramaturge ("Teaterselskap")
Anne E. Kokkin – Actor
Lisa Marie Nagel – Pedagog (Verd/Dramapedagog "Teaterselskap")
Performance dates
March 21, 2009Hallen, The Open Theatre (Det Åpne Teater) Show
March 14, 2009Store scene, Festiviteten i Skien, Ibsen Theatre Worldwide premiere
Press coverage

"All the children were invited onstage to draw between the two performances. Water monsters they could take home after." (2009, 14.03). Varden. 10.10.2010,