Desert Storms

Desert Storms was a theatre production based on a text by Thorvald Steen and Tariq Ali. The production was directed by Stein Winge and had its world wide premiere at The House of Literature in Oslo.

Desert Storms is about the crusader Richard Lionheart and the Muslim army commander Saladin, who fought over Jerusalem in the year of 1191. In real life they never met face to face. In the play they do.

Desert storms by Thorvald Steen and Tariq Ali, directed by Stein Winge, The House of Literature, was nominated for The Hedda Award in the category of production of the year.


(Objekt ID 8690)
Object type Production
Premiere March 5, 2010
Produced by The House of Literature
In collaboration with The National Theatre, The Norwegian Touring Theatre (Riksteatret)
Based on Desert Storms by Tariq Ali, Thorvald Steen
Audience Adults
Number of events 8
Language Norwegian
Keywords Drama, Theatre
Running period March 5, 2010  

Requirements to venue

Blackout No
Contributors (13)
Name Role
Tariq Ali – Playwright
Thorvald Steen – Playwright
Stein Winge – Direction
Halldis Hoaas – Dramaturge
Tine Schwab – Stage design
Tine Schwab – Costume design
Magnus Mikaelsen – Lighting design
Stein Grønli – Actor (Ibn Maymun, Saladins rådgiver)
Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen – Actor (Kong Philip)
Christian Skolmen – Actor (Richard Løvehjerte)
Bjørn Sundquist – Actor (Saladin)
Monna Tandberg – Actor (Eleanor, Richard Løvehjertes mor)
Pia Tjelta – Actor (Jamila, Saladins hustru)
Performance dates
March 5, 2010Wergeland, The House of Literature Worldwide premiere
Press coverage

"Ali and Steen have made a small masterpiece of a drama... For one, Desert Storms holds pure literary qualities. Here are deep-founded existential observations for our age, generous humour, literary pearls and a dramaturgic grip creating a drive."

Dag Herbjørnsrud, Ny Tid

"The play highlights the history behind a conflict no one yet see a speedy solution to. It is a historical document and a strong current statement of opinion - an important contribution against the lack of historical awareness."

Tone Bratteli, Bistandsaktuelt

Awards - Nominations (1)