Norwegian Wood: How to Navigate the Norwegian TYA Forest

A Guided Tour to Norwegian Theatre for Young Audiences

Our tour guide, Eivind Haugland (second from left), speaking with other delegates before the session

If the first part of that title made you bop your head to the tune of The Beatles song, you would be forgiven – for I fell for the same reference! And the second part of the title reminds me of an old adage, ‘can’t see the forest for the trees’, which can be loosely translated to mean that if you are too close to a certain situation, you may do well to step back and get a little perspective.

For us at this workshop, this meant being given a much-needed overview of the major players in the Norwegian Theatre for Young Audiences landscape. Our tour guide through the ‘forest’ was none other than the former chair of the ASSITEJ Norway board, Eivind Haugland, who presented an overview of the TYA field in Norway and explained how various organisations interact, are interconnected, and/or work together. This entailed Haugland introducing speakers from various key stakeholders, including organisations that provide funding opportunities, theatres that prioritise the making of Theatre for Children and Young People, and individual Artists who specialise in Theatre for Young Audiences.

Couldn’t make it to the session at the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2019 in Kristiansand? No problem! Just check out the video below to see some of the exciting opportunities that were shared.

Eliot Moleba is a Johannesburg-based scholar, playwright, and director. He is one of the founding members of PlayRiot, a collective of playwrights committed to telling bold, contemporary South African stories. Moleba’s work explores social issues and how they (re)shape young people’s lives. He is now producing a ten-part series of artistic productions under the theme “The War You Don’t See”, looking at how global conflicts and migration impact and/or affect children’s lives. He was the resident dramaturg at The South African State Theatre, and is currently enrolled for a PhD in Theatre Directing at The Oslo National Academy of the Arts.