The Birds

The Birds (2019) was a theatre production by The Norwegian Touring Theatre and The Touring Theatre of Trøndelag, based on the novel by Tarjei Vesaas, in a theatrical adaption by Lasse Kolsrud. The production opened at The Norwegian Touring Theatre in Oslo, prior to being performed on tour, with its tour opening in Seljord.

Lasse Kolsrud directed it.

Tom Styve played the role of Mattis.


(Objekt ID 90122)
Object type Production
Premiere January 17, 2019
Produced by The Norwegian Touring Theatre (Riksteatret), The Touring Theatre of Trøndelag
Based on The Birds by Tarjei Vesaas
Audience Adults
Language Norwegian Nynorsk
Expressions Theatre, Drama
Running period January 17, 2019  

At the website of The Norwegian Touring Theatre the following, among other things, is written about The Birds:

"Mattis and his older sister Hege live alone, in very simple conditions. She knits to make a living, but whenever Mattis finds a job, his work tends to derail for him. He lives mostly in his own world. One day, he discovers a woodcock above the roof of the house. He comes to think of himself as such a strange bird, and he interprets this as a sign something is about to happen. Not long after, lighting strikes, hitting one of the tall trees outside of the house. He sees this, too, as an omen. He has called those very same treetops Mattis-and-Hege. And when the lumberjack Jørgen shows up, and is given a bed in their house, and Hege and Jørgen eventually become a couple, Mattis feels as if his whole life is transformed. What shall he do? Mattis is unable to withstand a life without Hege."


The Norwegian Touring Theatre, 24.11.2018,,

Press release from The Norwegian Touring Theatre. Blom, Mette Hægeland. E-mail; 13.12.2018

Performance dates
January 21, 2019Riksteatret – Tour opening
January 17, 2019Storegull – Opening night