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Dottera* (The Daughter)

Dottera* (The Daughter) (2019) was a theatre production by The Norwegian Theatre, based on a play by Toril Goksøyr and Camilla Martens. The production was performed at the theatre's main stage.

Toril Goksøyr and Camilla Martens directed it.

Goksøyr & Martens were nominated for The Norwegian Ibsen Award 2020 for their text for Dottera.

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


(Objekt ID 90318)
Object type Production
Premiere February 23, 2019
Produced by , The Norwegian Theatre
Based on Dottera* (The Daughter) by Camilla Martens, Toril Goksøyr
Audience Adults
Audience size 1788
Number of events 25
Language Norwegian Nynorsk
Keywords Theatre, Drama
Running period February 23, 2019  
Website Det Norske Teatret

At the webpage of The Norwegian Theatre the following, among other things, is written about Dottera* (The Daughter):

"It is a fair morning. A woman and a man wake up almost at the same moment, and they stay in bed longer than they ought to, as their children are still asleep. They will soon eat breakfast, and they will load their bicycles onto the car, to go where they made a tent camp last year. The oldest daughter has decided to stay at home. She has invited some girls to celebrate that she turns 18. This is fine, as they are nice girls. Besides, her mother has said that she will go by some time during the night. So she has said - but what if it doesn't happen after all?

Dottera is a story about a family. About my children and yours, and the one who just lives here a little, as she lives mostly with her mother. It is a story about the way everything may break apart during one single night, even though we all long for the same thing.


Dottera is the second part of the pentalogy Livet* (Life) - a series of productions describing the transformations of life, from birth to death. The text is based on conversations with parents, stepparents, children, youth and one another.

The audience sits in a frame some four meters above ground, looking down into a home consisting of bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, living room and hall. At the same time, they are provided with each their headset, to make it possible to follow a three-dimensional soundscape.

Goksøyr & Martens

Goksøyr & Martens was established in 1997 by Toril Goksøyr and Camilla Martens. They use documentary strategies in their work, authentic elements connecting art and reality. Earlier, they have performed 11 år* (11 years) at The Norwegian Theatre. 11 år was nominated for The Hedda Award in the production of the year category in 2017.

Goksøyr & Martens is financed through Arts Council Norway, and supported by the foundations Bergesenstiftelsen and Fritt Ord. The project has been developed at Norwegian Centre for New Playwriting (NCNP)."

The Norwegian Ibsen Award's jury gave the following description of Dottera:

"As an attractive, theatrical script, Dottera provides a credible presentation of daily life. Through a simultaneous, precise and thoroughly developed form, Goksøyr & Martens points at challenges in modern family life with your children, my children and our children. The retrospective style is combined with a contemporary expression, where things happen in parallel, and outside the control of the characters. Goksøyr & Martens' staged oeuvre has a strong literary dimension. Dottera is a drama that lets a secret gradually unfold. This structure, with a clear switch of focus midway into the text, creates a parallelism similar to life."


The Norwegian Theatre, www.detnorsketeatret.no, 03.01.2019, https://www.detnorsketeatret.no/framsyningar/dottera/

The municipality of Skien, press release 03.03.2020

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

Performance dates
February 23, 2019Hovudscenen, The Norwegian Theatre Worldwide premiere