The Birds

Premiére date9 Feb. 2019
Produced byNordland Theatre
Based onThe Birds by Tarjei Vesaas
ExpressionsTheatre, Drama
Running period9 Feb. 2019  

About The Birds

The Birds (2019) was a theatre production by Nordland Theatre, based on the novel by Tarjei Vesaas, in a theatrical adaption by Ole Anders Tandberg and Nils Sletta. The production opened at the theatre's main stage in Mo i Rana, prior to being performed on tour.

Bård Lie Thorbjørnsen directed it.

Rune Storsæther Løding played the role of Mattis.

Johan Haugen and Rolf-Erik Nystrøm were nominated for The Hedda Award 2019 in the best audiovisual design category for lighting design and music for The Birds.

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More about The Birds

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

"Mattis sees omens in the world surrounding him. But are they good or bad? One night, a woodcock starts flying over their house. Mattis knows the bird language. Outside of the house, two dry aspen trees stand. People call them Hege and Mattis. One day, lighting strikes one of them down. Is it her or him? He poses questions the people around him shield away from. Why? Why should the bird have to die?

Tarjei Vesaas poses the useful and sustainable against the mythical and poetic in The Birds. We need to balance this relationship to be whole as human beings."


Nordland Theatre, 20.11.2018,,

The Hedda Award,, 16.10.19,