Written by multi-award-winning Norwegian playwright Jon Fosse, Shadows blends video, sound and live performance to create an electric experience which explores marriage, infidelity, youth and old age.

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1 November 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“The elderly look back on their past in Shadows, a piece from the always interesting Norwegian writer Jon Fosse in which children voice the memories and thoughts of those who whose lives are drawing to an end. Fosse has talked, like Lorca, of a play being like “a poem standing up” and Shadows takes place in an abstract space and uses video projections of children, an eerie presence as the elderly actors perform silently on stage. Kari Holtan’s production has been seen at festivals across the world and arrives in London for just four performances.”


Children give voice to the live performers as once buried emotional memories resurface in this memorable theatrical event. Fosse’s awards include The Ibsen Award, European Prize for Literature, Nordic Council Literature Prize as well as being celebrated as Norway’s ‘new Ibsen’.

Shadows premiered in Oslo in 2009 and has subsequently been performed at the Bergen International Festival and on a worldwide tour. The Coronet Theatre presents its UK premiere.

In Norwegian with English surtitles.

Critic reviews

It's certainly worth being immersed in the hour-long experience, especially given the sensitive performances of the (uncredited) children, whose solemnity tellingly gives way to brief moments of happiness and vivacity, but how this will resonate in the mind, only time will tell

The Arts Desk

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Wed 6 Nov - Sat 9 Nov, 7.30pm


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