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Being Norwegian

by David Greig

Mar 2011 and Feb 2012

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Being Norwegian 3 (2)
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Being Norwegian 2
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Lisa                                Lesley Harcourt

Sean                              Dougal Lee


Director                         Richard Baron

Designer                       Edward Lipscomb

Music composed by    Jon Beales


Following the success of our inaugural production, Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads monologues, the company wanted to introduce the idea of the one-act play into our repertoire. The best one-act plays offer the opportunity to explore a particular moment, a particular event, giving it space to breathe, unfettered by the constraints of an overarching plot-driven narrative. Its intensity and focus mean that, like a poem, though short, its impact can linger longer in the memory of the audience, than a full-length piece.

Poignant in its awkwardness and romantic in its seeming lack of grace, the brief time we spend in the company of Lisa and Sean in David Greig’s Being Norwegian reveals so much about these two apparent outsiders, tentatively reaching out to make a connection, we cannot help but fall in love with them a little ourselves.

Originally performed by Firebrand in March 2011 to sell-out audiences at The Wynd Theatre, David Greig’s poignant and thought-provoking one-act play Being Norwegian was revived at the Heart of Hawick on 18 and 19 February 2012 to launch a new ‘Play, A Pie and A Pint’ venture there in association with Oran Mor.

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