Det går betre no* (Things are improving)

Det går betre no* (Things are improving) (2018) was a monologue theatre production by The Norwegian Theatre in collaboration with Feelgood Scene, using an autobiographical text by Bjarne Tjøstheim. The opening took place in the theatre's venue Scene 2. Later, it was also performed in its venue Rommen Scene.

Thomas Giertsen directed it.

Bjarne Tjøstheim performed his own text.

Det går betre no was revived in 2020, and also performed in 2021.

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

Information

(Objekt ID 85604)
Object type Production
Premiere September 21, 2018
Produced by The Norwegian Theatre
In collaboration with Feelgood Scene
Based on Det går betre no by Bjarne Tjøstheim
Language Norwegian Nynorsk
Expressions Monologue, Theatre, Corona-production
Running period September 21, 2018  
Website Det Norske Teatret
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In a press release from The Norwegian Theatre the following, among other things, is written about Det går betre no* (Things are improving):

"Radio host, comedian and actor Bjarte Tjøstheim makes his theatre debut later in September with a personal and morbidly comic performance about living while continuously fearing the very worst. He has called the production Det går betre no, but he still doubts whether that is so. The opening takes place September 21 at Scene 2 and the director is Thomas Giertsen."

At the webpage of The Norwegian Theatre the following, among other things, is written about Det går betre no:

"How can one make a living as a comedian, exposed by choice - when one is deeply anxious by nature?

Radio host, comedian and actor Bjarte Tjøstheim makes his theatre debut with a personal and self-depreciating performance about living in fear of most things.

As a child, Bjarte, the son of a priest, was crucified by his mates in the garden in Randaberg. This childhood event confirmed his inner fear of what life would bring of dangers and challenges.

Who walks around in fear usually find confirmation that there are good reasons to worry. For instance when he was diagnosed with lung cancer - which he was for 24 hours - before it turned out that the X-ray images belonged to another man.

The greatest fear, though, is to go crazy and to be told by the psychiatrist that he is out of his mind. But when he was first hospitalised, it turned out that the psychiatric ward was the safest place to be.

In his solo performance, Det går betre no, Tjøstheim shows a new side of himself, and tell personal stories from his external and internal life. As a priest's son, stumbling in his faith in God, his hope is that angels will come to his rescue when life is at its most difficult. Angels with wings, or simply in white coats.

But, luckily, things are improving now. Or are they, really?"

SOURCES:

Press release from The Norwegian Theatre 10.04.2018, www.mynewsdesk.com, 11.04.2018, http://www.mynewsdesk.com/no/det-norske-teatret/pressreleases/teaterhausten-paa-det-norske-teatret-er-klar-2472451

The Norwegian Theatre, www.detnorsketeatret.no, 11.04.2018, https://www.detnorsketeatret.no/framsyningar/det-gar-betre-no/

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

Contributors
Name Role
Bjarne Tjøstheim – Playwright
Thomas Giertsen – Direction
Ingrid Weme Nilsen – Dramaturge
Mia Runningen – Stage design
Mia Runningen – Costume design
Per Willy Liholm – Lighting design
Bjarne Tjøstheim – Actor
Karina Aase – Director’s assistant
Performance dates
October 22, 2020 19:30 – Scene 2 – New opening
September 21, 2018Scene 2 – Worldwide premiere