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Tarjei (2018) is a theatre production by The National Theatre, based on a trilogy of novels by Helga Flatland, in a theatrical adaption by Tyra Tønnessen. The production will be performed in the theatre's venue Amfiscenen (The Amphi Stage).

Tyra Tønnessen directs it.

John Emil Jørgensrud plays the role of Tarjei.

Liv Bernhoft Osa plays the role of his mother Karin.

Nils Johnsen plays the role of his father Hallvard.

Kjersti Tveterås plays the role of his sister Julie.

Tarjei was performed as part of the festival Heddadagene 2018.


(Objekt ID 80093)
Object type Production
Premiere March 17, 2018
Produced by The National Theatre
Based on Stay If You Can. Leave If You Must by Helga Flatland; Everyone Wants to Go Home. No One Wants to Go Back by Helga Flatland; There Is No Whole by Helga Flatland
Audience Adults
Language Norwegian
Keywords Drama, Theatre
Running period March 17, 2018  

In a press release from The National Theatre the following, among other things, is written about Tarjei:

"Tarjei is director Tyra Tønnessen's adaption of Helga Flatland's award-winning trilogy of novels called Stay If You Can, which has brought her the literary awards Tarjei Vesaas' debutant prize, Ungdommens kritikerpris (The Young Critics' Award) and Amalie Skram Prize. The trilogy is about how differently people relate to loss, recognition and survival, and is a meeting with a village and a family struck by disaster."

At the website of The National Theatre the following, among other things, is written about Tarjei:

"Tarjei and three of his childhood friends from a small Norwegian village decide to join the Norwegian forces in Afghanistan. They all have different reasons to leave - and reasons not to stay. Only one of them returns alive. It isn't Tarjei. What is left, is a family and a society in mourning.

Mother Karin locks herself into Tarjei's room, lying in his bed. Strong and silent father Hallvard keeps sitting in the staircase looking towards the tall mountains. None of them handles being confronted with their own sorrow or feeling of guilt. Sister Julie tries to keep the family and the farm alive. The local doctor, Ragnhild, comforts, hugs and listens. Why did Tarjei leave? How to go on with Tarjei gone?


Tarjei isn't really a story of the great war in Afghanistan, but about the small wars at home, those taking place across the kitchen table during the evening meal, in the cow barn by dawn or in the stairs under slight rain. About the paralysing sorrow, about how the safe can become unsafe, and the simple can become the most difficult of all."


Press release from The National Theatre, 09.11.2017, http://www.mynewsdesk.com/no/nationaltheatret/pressreleases/vaarens-forestillinger-paa-nationaltheatret-2261498

The National Theatre, nationaltheatret.no, 21.11.2017, https://www.nationaltheatret.no/forestillinger/tarjei/

Heddadagene, www.heddadagene.no, 16.07.2018, https://www.heddadagene.no/kalender

Festivals (1)
Heddadagene June 11, 2018