Therese Bjørneboe. Photo: Truls Lie

Bjørneboe and the theater's future

CONVERSATION: Do we have too many "petty-bourgeois" or aestheticized dramas when time holds so many major political problems? Therese Bjørneboe about her father and the theater before and now.

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Published: October 6, 2020

In the essay The theater tomorrow (1966) is Jens Bjørneboe quite clear on what should be important theater. I meet his daughter, Therese Bjørneboe, who has run the Norwegian Shakespeare magazine for over 20 years, to discuss her father's opinions and the importance of theater.

In the essay in the 60s and elsewhere, Jens Bjørneboe first writes what tomorrow's theater is not was to become when "the dynasty 'Civil Drama' in the succession Hebbel-Ibsen-Strindberg-O'Neill is abdicated". Most of the drama and literature was obsolete after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ripe for museums. Their «naturalistic psychology» about it…

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