Celebrating Contemporary Norwegian Theatre | Free Word

30 October 2019
18:45 - 21:00

Presented by:
Oberon Books


Drinks, Panel Discussion & Q&A

‘If the essence of drama is conflict, the Norwegians have a natural spring to tap into – and it is explosive.’

Line Rosvoll, Artistic Director of Dramatikkens hus, Oslo


That there is an appetite for Norwegian stories is beyond question: ranging from the widespread enthralment with Nordic Noir in television, literature and film, to the evergreen presence of Ibsen on the UK’s leading stages. Meanwhile, theatres in Norway are playing more new drama than ever before, and profiled novelists are shifting back and forth between novels and drama. But what makes the Norwegian stage so vital currently?

The Oberon Anthology of Contemporary Norwegian Plays brings together a selection of established and up and coming Norwegian playwrights reflecting the breadth and vitality of a booming scene. Linked by a formal daringness, each of these plays can be said to tackle universal questions relating to the human condition.

To celebrate the launch of the collection and explore this scene, Oberon Books are pleased to invite you to join us for an evening of drinks and discussion, featuring an exclusive Q&A and panel including Chris Campbell (Editorial Director, Oberon Books), Neil Howard (translator of the collection), Line Rosvoll (Artistic Director of Dramatikkens hus, Oslo) Penille Dahl Johnsen (Author of A Remarkable Person) and Hans Petter Blad (Author of Watching Shadows).

30 October 2019
18:45 - 21:00

Oberon Books


Chris Campbell

Editorial Director, Oberon Books

Chris is the Editorial Director of Oberon Books. He was previously Literary Manager of the Royal Court Theatre and, before that, for six years, he was Deputy Literary Manager of the National Theatre. He has translated plays by Philippe Minyana, David Lescot, Rémi de Vos, Adeline Picault, Magali Mougel, Launcelot Hamelin, Frédéric Blanchette, Catherine-Anne Toupin and Fabrice Roger-Lacan for The National, The Gate, The Almeida, The Donmar, The Traverse and The Young Vic among others. In 2017, Oberon Books published a collection of his contemporary French translations. Recent productions include Right Now (Traverse/Bush/Ustinov) and Suzy Storck (The Gate). In 2013 he was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government.

Line Rosvoll

Artistic Director, Dramatikkens hus, Oslo

Line Rosvoll is the artistic director at Dramatikkens hus [The House of Dramatics] in Oslo, which has a national responsibility for developing new Norwegian drama. A trained stage instructor, Line has worked at the National Academy of Theatre , and at the Academy of Figurative Theatre / Divadlo Drak, Czech Republic. She made her debut in 1994 with the play ‘Amputation’ by Jens Bjørneboe, in collaboration with the Thesbi theatre. She has put on a number of performances, including William Shakespeare and Jon Fosse, has dramatized the Markus books for Klaus Hagerup for the Radio Theatre, and has held a number of directorships in theatre. From 1998 she was the leader, playwright and juror for the Norwegian Dramatic Festival. She was juror for the Ibsen Awards from 2012–2015.

Neil Howard


Neil Howard is a former English teacher and resident of Oslo since 1994, now with many years’ experience in translation. Neil has translated over 50 pieces for: ACE Productions, Finland, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, England, Brage Teatret, Det Norske Teatret, Det Åpne Teater, Kristoffer Grønskag, Imploding Fictions, Katta i Sekken, Motion Blur Prods, National Theatre, England, Nordland figurteatret, Norsk Dramatikerforbundet, Siri Senje, Lene Therese Teigen, Traverse Theatre, Petter Vennerød.

Hans Petter Blad

Novelist, Poet and Playwright

Hans Petter Blad (Oslo, 1962) is a novelist, poet and playwright. His plays include Roe Head (2006), about the Brontë-sisters, Kitchen Stories (2004), an adaption for the stage of Bent Hamer’s film and Wachting Shadows (2015), a play for youths due to be published in English by Oberon Books this year. He teaches creative writing at the University of South-Eastern Norway and is co-owner of the Oslo-based film production company Barbosa Film. He has directed the independent feature-film Hodiak (1994) and the short-film Tears in Her Eyes (2001). He has written six collections of poetry and six novels. His last published book is the critically acclaimed novel The Paris-Offices (2019).

Pernille Dahl Johnsen

Artistic Director

Pernille Dahl Johnsen’s works as a playwright feature what she calls ‘staged reasoning’, a specific technique for scrutinizing ‘big ideas’. Her credo is that theatre magic arises when the artistic project emanates from an authentic need within the artist. Her critically acclaimed 4th play A Remarkable Person, was accorded First Priority status by the Norwegian Centre for New Playwriting in 2012, and was the piece selected by Women Playwrights International to represent Europe at the 30th anniversary world-wide conference held in Chile in 2018. Johnsen is Artistic Director of the artist-led theatre company Johnsen & Johnsen Productions, and holds a BA in political science and philosophy, and a degree in journalism.



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