The History of Bestiality

The History of Bestiality (2020) was a theatre production by The Norwegian Theatre, based on the novel cycle by Jens Bjørneboe, in a theatrical adaption by Ivica Buljan. The production put the emphasis on the second volume of the novel cycle, Powder House. It was performed in the theatre's venue Scene 2. The opening was planned for March 2020, but was postponed to August the same year, due to the Coronavirus pandemic and prevention measures connected to this.

Ivica Buljan directed it.


(Objekt ID 94819)
Object type Production
Premiere August 28, 2020
Produced by The Norwegian Theatre
Based on The History of Bestiality by Jens Bjørneboe
Audience Adults
Audience size 820
Number of events 9
Language Norwegian Nynorsk
Keywords Theatre, Drama, Corona-production
Running period August 28, 2020  

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

"What is freedom? What is truth? What is evil? In The History of Bestiality world history is described as a long series of abuse, punishment methods, executions and genocide. Plus wars, suppression and victimisation. The narrator, or the protocol writer, as the main character refers to himself, wants to understand and explain why people are so interested in making one another suffer and destroyed. Why are people so interested in making life so unbearable, and why are people evil and bestial?"


The Norwegian Theatre,, 29.10.19,

The Norwegian Theatre,, 29.10.19,

Contributors (18)
Name Role
Jens Bjørneboe – Author
Ivica Buljan – Dramatised by
Inger Johanne Sæterbakk – Translation (til nynorsk)
Ivica Buljan – Direction
Mitja Vrhovnik Smrekar – Music
Anders Hasmo – Dramaturge
Aleksandar Denic – Stage design
Ana Savic Gecan – Costume design
Marianne Thallaug Wedset – Lighting design
Amell Basic – Actor
Kyrre Hellum – Actor
Geir Kvarme – Actor
Hilde Olausson – Actor
Joachim Rafaelsen – Actor
Eivin Nilsen Salthe – Actor
Julie Moe Sandø – Actor
Oddgeir Thune – Actor
Frode Winther – Actor
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