«a feast of a show… Two bloody thumbs up!» – Morgenbladet newspaper
«satirical frenzy» – the theatre magazine Norsk Shakespeare- og teatertidsskrift
«surprising, repulsive, attractive, witty, critical and thrashy» – Dagsavisen newspaper
«wildly amusing» – Klassekampen newspaper
God Hates Scandinavia: Sons of Liberty 3 won the Gabler award by Norwegian newspaper Morgenbladet for best performance 2006. ”Your only chance of survival is that you get off to see God hates Scandinavia while there is still time“, is what the critic from the newspaper Morgenbladet wrote after the opening of the show in March 2006. Sons of liberty’s critically acclaimed and macabre party-trash-comedy.
It is about longing for death and the fear of death at the same time, about modern, Scandinavian disillusionment and misantrophy, about stereotypes and gender roles. Here your are welcomed into a lively, hysterical and bloody world where the two skanky vampire whores Dracula and Ruccola feed you humor, deadly seriousness and abominations in rapid succession. In the few ferocious last hours before Armageddon they manage to squeeze in a multitude of different ways to die, go man hunting in Mexico and rip the audience out of their skins and common conceptions.
Lisa Lie and Stina Kajaso has with this second full performance of the Sons of liberty-series created their very own trash-genre that respectlessly crosses the musical with everything from text based theatre to variety and situation comedy. These girls master timing and dialogue to the tips of their fingers and thrive on stage with iron control. They exist in a universe of uninhibited cheerful violence inspired by Satanist films, Playstation, Hollywood-musicals and kitchy pop- and porno esthetics, where irony and contemporary criticism are given plenty of space. God hates Scandinavia is simply hard-hitting contemporary satire at its best. And not to mention: It is incredibly funny.
Text and dramaturgy: Stina Kajaso and Lisa Lie Performers: Stina Kajaso and Lisa Lie Outside-Eye: Veit Sprenger Direction: Sons of Liberty Sound: Svein Segtnan and Sons of Liberty Costumes: Dordi Strøm and Sons of Liberty Scenography: Dordi Strøm Lighting: Medvind Producers: Medvind Supported by: The Arts Council Norway and the Goethe-Institute Oslo Co-produced by Black Box Theater
DUELL: SONS OF LIBERTY 2 (2004)
”… probably the most entertaining show you can see on the Norwegian stage these days …” Dagbladet newspaper
”… an impressive, disturbing and hilarious experience…” Kunstkritikk.no, web site for art critique
Duell: Sons of Liberty 2 is a performance that uses classical story telling, variety and slapstick to interpret the hero in popular culture. An addictive and edgy piece of sit-com-stand-up about death, sex, and honor, complete with fruit fights, dance numbers and even a complimentary massage. Set in an Eastern European hotel-meets-budget soft porn studio this wild, coarse and frequently hilarious two-hander twists stereotypes and turns popular culture on its head. Heroes, whores, therapists, homosexuals, astronauts and even Mel Gibson’s Braveheart make an appearance in this rapid, challenging and bitingly witty production.
A Sons of Liberty production Text and dramaturgy: Stina Kajaso and Lisa Lie Performers: Stina Kajaso and Lisa Lie Outside-Eye: Veit Sprenger Direction: Sons of Liberty Costumes: Anja-Lisa Rudka and Sons of Liberty Scenography: Anja-Lisa Rudka Lighting: Steffen Telstad Producer: Ingrid Bjørkøy Co-produced by Teaterhuset Avant Garden and Black Box Theatre Supported by: The Arts Council Norway, Fond for lyd og bilde (Fund for sound and vision), the Norwegian Actors’ Equity Association, the municipality of Trondheim og the Goethe-Institute Oslo