The Wild Duck

The Wild Duck (2020) was a theatre production by The Norwegian Theatre, based on the play by Henrik Ibsen. The production was performed in the theatre's venue Scene 3.

Lars Erik Holter directed it.

Gina Bernhoft Gørvell interpreted the role of Hedvig.

Frode Winther interpreted the role of Hjalmar Ekdal.

Gard Skagestad interpreted the role of Gregers Werle.

Lars Erik Holter, Ingrid Weme Nilsen and the ensemble won The Hedda Award 2020 in the best text for the stage category for their adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's play. In addition, the production was nominated in the best production for youth category.

The Wild Duck was revived the autumn of 2020, when it was performed for a limited audience, due to coronavirus prevention measures. Some of the performances were also streamed live, for pay.


(Objekt ID 94808)
Object type Production
Premiere January 23, 2020
Produced by The Norwegian Theatre
Based on The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen
Audience Adults
Number of events 24
Language Norwegian Nynorsk
Keywords Theatre, Drama, Corona-production
Running period January 23, 2020  

At the webpage of The Norwegian Theatre the following, among other things, is written about The Wild Duck:

"Hedvig is 14 years old and feels different. Through the camera lens she tries to achieve contact with herself and the surrounding world, but the pictures only give her a stronger feeling of not belonging. She no longer sees herself, only the people around her. Who is the real Hedvig, behind filters and all the makeup?

In this version of Ibsen's The Wild Duck we see the play from Hedvig's perspective. Her young rebellion isn't loud or external. Hedvig does as she is told. She observes, she discovers and she takes photos. From growing up in her parents' photo studio, she is familiar with lighting and camera angles. She covers her daily life with pictures and she covers her own moods beneath increasingly thick layers of makeup.

Flees into photography

Director Lars Erik Holter wants to use Ibsen's well-known text to do research into the relationship between the teenaged Hedvig and her parents: They love her a lot, yet they are unable to reach her. The feeble attempts at reaching across the generational gap fail equally from both sides. Hedvig lacks the language or the tools to translate her feelings into actions. She flees into photography and tries to convey her disquiet through the expositions. But how should the parents really respond to the statements of youth? Is it so easy to understand or to reach the daughter who is unable to translate her disquiet into words? Or do they perhaps have enough with their own challenges when life doesn't go as they had hoped?"

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason for the award to Lars Erik Holter, Ingrid Weme Nilsen and the ensemble:

"A text for the stage can be so many things: The script by a playwright, a disposition for improvisation on a theme, or the adaptation of an already existing classic. The category is as wide as performing arts in itself.

The best texts for the stage liberate energy, force and playfulness in the venue, with the actors, during rehearsals and in the auditorium, during the performance. The best texts for the stage show us the world in a new was, while pointing out a direction for the artists.

The best text for the stage this year is such as work. It is, in its way, both a guideline for use and a work of art, while it is made in collaboration between the director, the dramaturge and the actors. They have moved into a classic while making it their own - and our."


The Norwegian Theatre,, 29.10.19,

The Norwegian Theatre,, 29.10.19,

The Hedda Award,, 16.07.20,

The Hedda Award,, 21.09.2020,

Performance dates
February 11, 2021The Norwegian Theatre, digital offering Show
January 22, 2021The Norwegian Theatre, digital offering Show
December 9, 2020The Norwegian Theatre, digital offering Show
December 2, 2020The Norwegian Theatre, digital offering Show
January 23, 2020Scene 3 (tidligere Prøvesalen), The Norwegian Theatre Opening night
Awards - Nominations (1)