What the Rhinoceros Saw

What the Rhinoceros Saw (2018) is a planned theatre production for children by The Norwegian Theatre, based on the play What the Rhinoceros Saw when it Looked on the Other Side of the Fence by Jens Raschke/Rasche. The production will be performed in the theatre's venue Scene 3.

Ivar Tindberg directs it.


(Objekt ID 80017)
Object type Production
Premiere February 15, 2018
Produced by The Norwegian Theatre
Based on What the Rhinoceros Saw when it Looked on the Other Side of the Fence by Jens Raschke
Audience Children (from 11)
Audience size 649
Number of events 13
Language Norwegian Nynorsk
Keywords Performance for children, Theatre
Running period February 15, 2018  

At the website of The Norwegian Theatre the following, among other things, is written about What the Rhinoceros Saw when it Looked on the Other Side of the Fence:

"We are in a pretty normal zoo. Here, many exotic animals lead lazy lives behind the fences. But after the mysterious death of a rhinoceros, a bear moves into the zoo. The bear begins to ask uncomfortable questions: Who are these strange creatures who live on the other side of the fence?

They arrive with trains, and are thin as sticks, striped as zebras, but they walk on two legs, and they don't smell particularly nice. The zebra creatures are more dead than alive. Never before has the bear seen this kind of characters.

The organised life of the marmot, daddy Baboon and all the other animals in the zoo is disturbed by the pushy questions from the bear. When the most awful of all has become part of daily life, the limits for what we can stand have been moved.

In time, one gets used to everything, and a recently moved bear is what it takes to get going.

Award-winning playwright

In the play What the Rhinoceros Saw when it Looked on the Other Side of the Fence, playwright Jens Raschke has imagined the animals' outlook and thoughts to raise questions about violence, social suppression and the collective unconscious. The action is set during World War II and a zoo in the concentration camp Buchenwald.

This zoo actually existed, wall-to-wall with the concentration camp, and it was a popular place to spend the weekends for the citizens of Weimar during the war. The play encourages civilian courage and standing up against suppression. Others' suffering is your concern, too.

The play won the German award for children's theatre in 2014."


The Norwegian Theatre, 02.11.2017, detnorsketeatret.no, https://www.detnorsketeatret.no/framsyningar/kva-nashornet-sag/

Contributors (12)
Name Role
Jens Raschke – Playwright
Carl Morten Amundsen – Translation
Ivar Tindberg – Direction
Carl Morten Amundsen – Dramaturge
Anders Hasmo – Dramaturge
Stian Hole – Visual design
Charlotte Frogner – Actor
Jonas Fuglevik Urstad – Actor
Paul-Ottar Haga – Actor
Unn Vibeke Hol – Actor (alternerte med Ellen-Birgitte Winther i 2018)
Ellen Birgitte Winther – Actor (alternerte med Unn Vibeke Hol i 2018)
Dag Jenssen – Photo
Performance dates
February 15, 2018 18:00 – Scene 3 (tidligere Prøvesalen), The Norwegian Theatre National premiere, Norway