Childhood stories

Premiére date2 Oct. 2007
Produced byThe Norwegian Institute for Children's Literature, The Open Theatre (Det Åpne Teater), The Norwegian Theatre Academy
Based onNår alt raser* (When Everything Falls Apart) by Lena Steimler; Jeg vet ikke, men noe må det være* (I don’t know, but something there must be) by Marie Hafting
AudienceChildren, All
Number of events1
LanguageNorwegian, Danish, Swedish and English
ExpressionsPerformance for children , Theatre, Physical theatre
Running period2 Oct. 2007  —  2 Oct. 2007
WebsiteDet Åpne Teater, Forside scenekunst - Høgskolen i Østfold, Norsk barnebokinstitutt

About Childhood stories

Childhood stories (2007) was a collaboration project between The Norwegian Theatre Academy in Fredrikstad, The Norwegian Institute for Children’s Literature and The Open Theatre (Det Åpne Teater) the autumn of 2007: From children’s memories and imagination, performances of the results of experiments.

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    The spring of 2007 stage design students from The Norwegian Theatre Academy and students from The Norwegian Institute for Children’s Literature developed texts and ideas in collaboration. The process was laid out as a dialogue between stage design models and texts through several phases. The result was six texts presented as staged readings during Maratonfesten med nye barnetekster* (The Marathon Party of New Texts for Children) in The Open Theatre (Det Åpne Teater) September 15 2007.

    Four of these texts were taken further in a new project in which the three stage design students in collaboration with acting students from The Norwegian Theatre Academy improvised around the text. The laboratory stunt went over three days without a budget and Childhood stories was a performance of the result of the experiments. The performance included three short stagings, each of approximately 30 minutes. The texts were performed in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and English.

    Stage designer Sille Dons Heltoft worked with Sveinung Lutro’s text under the project title of Bobsquad - Super Walk Shit.
    Actors: Hanna Barfod, Ivar Furre Aam and Tijmen Legemaate

    Stage designer Susanne Fjørtoft worked with Jeg vet ikke, men noe må det være* (I don’t know, but something there must be) by Marie Hafting. The characters and the visual were found in Grønt sandpapirkyss* (Green Sandpaper Kiss) by Martina Gaux
    Actors: Tora Nilsen, Erik Nielsen and Karl Flyman

    Stage designer Lisa Hjalmarson worked with Lena Steimler’s text Når alt raser* (When Everything Falls Apart).
    Actors: Nora Jacobs, Grith Ea Jensen and Arni Kristjansson.

    Source: The Open Theatre (Det Åpne Teater),, 27.10.2010,

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