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NIE presents: We Come from Far, Far Away

14.10. 18:00 – performance at Kunstquartier Bethanien

Winner of the Hedda Award 2017 for best performance for young audiences in Norway.

We Come from Far, Far Away is a performance for younger audiences and adults about refuge and refugee.

Performed in an immersive setting of a Mongolian yurt using live music, storytelling, clowning, shadow puppetry and a small tent to tell a big story in an intimate way.

We Come from Far, Far Away follows the story of two boys from Aleppo who travel to Norway. It’s a road trip type of story – from Turkey to Greece and then to Macedonia and so on – all the way to Oslo. But it’s also a complicated story, its about things and people and places and also, significantly, about life and death.

NIE developed We Come from Far, Far Away working with Hvalstad Transittmottak, an Asylum Centre in Norway, that provides a first reception point for young refugees (aged 13–18) who have arrived alone to claim asylum in Norway.


Cast and Creative team

Director: Alex Byrne

Dramaturgy: Kjell Moberg

Actors, musicians: Nora Svalheim, Iva Moberg, Václav Kalivoda, Robert Orr

Music: David Hlaváč

Lighting design: Šimon Kočí

Stage and costume designer: Kateřina Housková

Production: Iva Moberg, Uta Gildhuis

Technician: Julie Blakstad


Running time: 55 min. + post show discussion (15 – 20 min.)

Audience capacity: 60

Language: English

This performance is presented with the kind support from The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Norway.


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» World class storytelling» Periskop, Norway

»My heart broke and sung, among the warmth of people, gathered in a tent, inside a theatre…This show throws necessary light on where we have been standing in relation to each other.« Draft, Irland

»The performance is rich and complex. It is not at all a heavy or worthy piece of drama, rather it is a human, touching, and above all funny play.« The New European, UK