Lady from the sea
2022

Jon R. Skulberg's The Lady from the Sea has brought Henrik Ibsen's characters into our own times, a time where you can measure antidepressant medication in the drinking water and where depression is a public disease. The longing for freedom has turned into a longing for death, and hopelessness has replaced the belief in adventure. But perhaps there is still a little hope left, when you let go of your secrets and stick to the conversation.
Ibsen never goes out of fashion. We learn something about being human, a form of comfort and understanding for life.


In our version, Ellida lives in a small town deep in a fjord with his wife, the doctor Wangel, and her daughter Hilde from a previous relationship. Here Ellida hides a secret, - and with the consequences of the choices you make for yourself and others.


Ellida has never let go of the depression that gripped her as a youngster. After she and Wangel lost their newborn child a few years ago, depression has bitten into her again. Now she longs for death. It is in this state that we meet Ellida.
When Wangel, as a solution to her discouragement, suggests that they should move out to sea again, she opens up about how she feels. For the first time, she lets someone into the darkness she finds herself in.


Can Wangel and Hilde bring her back to life with them? Do you have the right to take your own life if the pain is too great? Or do you have a duty to stay alive for those you love? What does self-determination and free will mean to man?
The lady from the sea is a collaboration between Nordland Teater and Convoi Exceptionnel.

Text: Henrik Ibsen, Inger Christensen, Michel Houellebecq and Virginia Woolf
Manuscript: Astrid Hansen Holm and Jon R. Skulberg
Direction and lighting design: Jon R. Skulberg
Scenography and costume design: Maja Ziska
Cast: Kirsti Torhaug, Anne E. Kokkinn, Linda Brean Mathisen, Anne Wiig and Sven Johannessønn Henriksen
Playwright/screenplay: Astrid Hansen Holm
Composer and sound design: Julie Østengaard
Performance photo: Louise Herrche Serup
Production manager: Per Rasmussen
Inspector and tour leader: Wenche Bakken
Costume designer: Halvard Leirvik
Props: Sissel Heien and Grete Larssen
Props officer: Mariann Rostad MASKØR Tove Solbakk
Carpenter: Magne Jøsevold
Blacksmith: Herlof Øverdal
Sound: Frode Fridtjofsen
Lighting master: Vegar Angel N. Andreassen
Tour planner: Jim Ove Marthinussen
Market: Trine Rimer, Tina Ditlefsen, Hilde Karin Skreslett, Tove Hovind and Yngvild Keilen