a national performing arts archive
Theatre puppets on Norwegian stages from 1945 to 2021(256)
Theatre puppets, in Norway often referred to as theatre figures (the Norwegian word is teaterfigurer), have been used in performances at Norwegian stages for generations, to the delight of audiences in all age groups. They have performed in venues large and small, and they have taken part in movies and TV productions. But when the spotlights are turned off and the puppets leave the stage - where do they go? The ugly duckling, Hedda Gabler, Mister Hare - the baker in the Hunchback Wood, or the peaceful man? Or the TV stars Pompel and Pilt, and Titten Tei? Do they still exist, or are they gone? Are they hidden, or perhaps forgotten?
When it comes to the state of the puppets, much is unknown, and little is documented. That is why we, in collaboration with the Sceneweb archive, have started the work of documenting, registering, and collecting an exciting selection of theatre puppets used in performances at Norwegian stages from 1945 onwards. This is the start of a treasure hunt. Welcome to the Theatre puppet gallery!View gallery
The photo collection of The Theatre Archive at the University of Bergen(558)
The Theatre Archive is part of the University of Bergen's collections. The Theatre Archive includes playbills, posters, correspondence, musical scores, images, stage design drawings and costume design drawings from Det Dramatiske Selskab i Bergen (1794-?), Det Norske Theater in Bergen (1850-1863), The National Stage (1876-) and Komediateatret in Bergen (1933-1964).
In The Theatre Archive, there are also some materials from independent performing arts companies in Bergen, from school theatre activity, and from amateur theatres, all of it with main emphasis on Western Norway. In the collection, there are also director's scripts and prompter's scripts with handwritten stage directions concerning the specific productions, info on lighting, continuum etc. The media archive includes reviews of and articles about The National Stage's productions from the start. The Theatre Archive still continuously receives all materials from The National Stage's productions.View collection