The Norwegian Ibsen Award 2011 goes to Lennart Lidström

21-09 2011

 

Lennart Lidström

 

LENNART LIDSTRÖM WON THE NORWEGIAN IBSEN AWARD FOR HIS PLAY “PINGVINER I SAHARA” ("Penguins in the Sahara")

The Norwegian Ibsen Award 2011 was handed out on the 19th of September 2011 in Skien, Norway, under a festive evening during the Skien International Ibsen Conference 2011. 

Lennart Lidström is born 1950 in Sweden, but has lived in Norway since 1978. Originally a journalist, Lidström has worked as a theatre musician, composer, actor, playwright and as a stage director. Lidström has written numerous scripts for stage, radio-theatre, television and film both in Norway and Sweden. He has also won a National competition for best children's manuscript, received the City of Oslo’s cultural grant and the Norwegian government’s grants for artists.

Pingviner i Sahara was initially staged at Teater Innlandet, premiering 22th of January 2010. Penguins in the Sahara is a commissioned work for Hedmark Teater / Teater Innlandet and has guest performed at the Norwegian Theatre and National Theatre.

The jury states that Lennart Lidstrøm has written a very imaginative play, linguistically gifted, humorous and reckless. Among other things, it becomes a confrontation with bigotry, the text gently and well structured. The dialogue brings you closer and closer to the characters. They show new sides of themselves, even though the author is faithful to the authentic persons, bearing in mind how different they were, even though their background was similar.