The Puppet Theater presents Simplicissimus by Theater Corpus.
When humor becomes bloody serious.
At the beginning of the last century, the German satire magazine "Simplicissimus" was a red cloth for the emperor, the church and the authorities. The magazine gathered several of Europe's greatest writers and cartoonists who harassed the authorities. Several of them with ties to Norway, such as Thomas Theodor Heine and Olaf Gulbransson. But when Hitler came to power, satire became really dangerous, and the artists had to choose: the joke or the life?
Simplicissimus is a tribute to the free press and the political satire that is still under pressure worldwide. Meet satirists, Nazis, Josephine Baker, a polar bear and dancing pencils in a strong mix of acting, puppetry and newly written music!
Tormod Lindgren, Knut Nærum, POING, Maja S. K. Ratkje, the puppet theater company TheaterCorpus and Teater Innlandet have in collaboration created a musical and humorous history lesson about satire as a weapon.
By Knut Nærum and Tormod Lindgren
Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes incl. Break
Idea, direction, scenography, figure and costume design: Tormod Lindgren
Playwrights: Knut Nærum and Tormod Lindgren
Composer: Maja S. K. Ratkje and POING (Frode Haltli, Rolf-Erik Nystrøm, Håkon Thelin)
Performers: Tom Stian Lennesvik, Dominika Minkacz-Sira, Geir Robsrud, Ragni Halle and Thomas Hildebrand
Lighting design: Olav Nordhagen
Musicians: Maja S. K. Ratkje and POING
Figure makers: Tormod Lindgren with Thale Kvam Olsen and Steinar Kaarstein
Playwrights and translators: Tormod Lindgren, Christina Just, Selma Lindgren, Thomas Raff and Jørgen Strickert
Theater Corpus: Tormod Lindgren and Camilla Svingen / Seven miles
Teater Innlandet: Kari Dæhlin
Co-production with Teater Innlandet, supported by Figurteatret in Nordland
Norwegian Cultural Council, Fund for Sound and Vision, Dramatikkens Hus, Dramatikerforbundet, Stikk. The Copywriters' Fund, The Puppet Theater in Nordland, Spenn, Fritt Ord, FFUK, Oslo Municipality