We, the People

We, the People (2018) was a performing arts production by Espen Klouman Høiner, based on a text by Espen Klouman Høiner. The opening took place at Avant Garden, Trondheim.

Espen Klouman Høiner directed it.

Espen Klouman Høiner received The Hedda Award 2019 in the best text for the stage category for his text to We, the People.

Signe Becker was nominated for The Hedda Award 2019 in the best stage design/costume design category for her work on We, the People.


(Objekt ID 87843)
Object type Production
Premiere September 11, 2018
Coproducers Rosendal Teater
Language Norwegian
Expressions Theatre, Monologue
Running period September 11, 2018  
Duration 60 minutes
Website Teaterhuset Avant Garden

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason for the award to Espen Klouman Høiner:

"One may think that one of the theatre's most important missions is to provide a stage for stories that are rarely heard. Besides, the stage gives a special option for concentrated listening. And this is at the centre of this year's best text for the stage: We are invited to meditate on stories from lives that seldom reaches the attention in a noisy contemporary age. This year's winner uses the tone of personal confidence. The material is documentary - poetically and exquisitely treated, yet still down to earth and without fuss in its presentation. Through careful retelling of everyday situations, the text gives space to many layers of subtext. The text is in tune with the performance's subdued, witty and finely adjusted effects, and this way we get close to individual destinies while zooming out at world politics. This combination of intimacy and distance, poetry and politics, humour and sobriety, and the insistence of beauty in what is not spectacular, make this year's best text for the stage a moving and important text with potential for recognition, nuances and understanding."


Black Box Teater, www.blackbox.no, 19.03.2019, https://www.blackbox.no/tittel/vi-folket/

Import from the Scenekunst.no list of openings 14.08.2018

Avant Garden, www.avantgarden.no, 14.08.2018, http://www.avantgarden.no/program/vi-folket/

The Hedda Award, www.heddaprisen.no, 16.10.19, https://www.heddaprisen.no/vinnere/2019

Sceneweb on The Hedda Award, www.sceneweb.no, 16.10.19, https://sceneweb.no/en/awarding/93019/The_Hedda_Award_2019-2019

The Hedda Award, www.heddaprisen.no, 16.10.19, https://www.heddaprisen.no/nominerte/2019

Name Role
Espen Klouman Høiner – Text
Espen Klouman Høiner – Direction
Camilla Vatne Barratt-Due – Music
Matilde Holdhus – Dramaturge
Signe Becker – Stage design
Signe Becker – Costume
Marte Vold – Video/Film
Camilla Vatne Barratt-Due – Sound
Signe Becker – Light
Espen Klouman Høiner – Performer
Alette Schei Rørvik – Photo
Espen Klouman Høiner – Main producer
Performance dates
April 9, 2019 19:00 – Lille scene (Marstrandgata) – Reopening
September 11, 2018 20.30 – Worldwide premiere