Brune (Super-Bruno)

As long as the sun is up, Rune is merely Rune, but come night he transforms himself into Brune (Brown) – a totally fearless super hero. Armed to the hilt with brushes and brown paint he sneaks out of the house. Rune can hardly be blamed if his alter ego, Brown the superhero, chooses to paint the big bullies’ bikes brown, can he?

He is soon joined by two other superheroes and friends Atle/Svartle (Jack/Black) and Åse/Blåse (Lou/Blue).

Brune is a warm and powerful story, full of creativity and everyday magic.

Foto Mads Nygård

BRUNE is a play about friendship, courage and retaliation. It is also a story about the loss of someone dear and just how wrong things can go when your superhero powers run out. The show won Norway´s most prestigious theatre award THE HEDDA PRIZE 2017 for best performance for children.

BRUNE is a coproduction with Akershus Teater, Norway.

Foto Mads Nygård

Theatre Joker has made a theatre-show about feeling left out and vengeance. This is the story about a little boy who, thanks to a vivid imagination and courage, manages to confront his bullies. Rune´s retaliation happens at the same time as he experiences the loss and grief over his dear grandfather. It´s almost like Rune´s imagination helps him work through both his grief and the limitations of reality. The story about Rune/Brune is a wonderful mixture of realism and adventure, fun and great seriousness, and talks about grief, bullying, friendship, courage and retaliation.

Quotes from the press:

Teater Joker succeeds in creating contemporary and disturbing theatre for children. Unfortunately it doesn´t often happen that theatres stage performances for children which dares to venture into a different and contemporary stage language. The perspective of performing arts for children needs to be broadened. This is exactly what “Brune” does.

-Ida Lou Larsen, Periskop (09.03.2016)

There is a lot of laughs in ”Brune”, but this is also theatre for children which dares to be serious, and that trusts that the children can do the same. The production understands that children are capable of also grasping what is painful and difficult, and it allows the audience to think. This is a very successful production.

-Lillian Bikset, Dagbladet (03.03.2016)

This is what the jury of THE HEDDA PRIZE said: This year´s Hedda Prize for best theatreproduction for children goes to “Brune” by Theatre Joker in coproduction with Akershus Theatre. The essence of all theatre art is the theatrical transformation where incidents, objects and performers appears in a new and different way, to give life to an alternative reality. Thus theatre is closely related to the child´s imaginative creativity, both as a source of worryless play and as a place to seek refuge when the real world doesn´t appear as it should. This year´s winner underlines and celebrates this kinship in a precise and at the same time playful staging where the actors shine brilliantly as surplus artists of transformation. They effortlessly switch between different roles, and together give a physical language to a series of scenographic elements and props. The language is contemporary and credible in a dramatization based on the prizewinning book “Brune” by Håkon Øvreås, published in 2013.

Theatre Joker uses the physical form, band mimé, French for cartoon mime in the show. This has become the company´s signature form. In this show it reflects the unity Rune feels with his friends; a friendship that helps them all in the fight for justice. Cartoon mime is a physical form where the actors create everything using only their arms, legs, head, heart and voices. The form in it self is poetic, and creates associations and images that are dreamlike in a naïve and refined manner.

The artistic team: 

Director : Niels Peter Underland

Actors: Knut Erik Engemoen/Jens Smith Wergeland, Jon Arne Arnseth, Haakon Strøm/Gard Pedersen, Stig Zeiner/Patrick Børjesson, Kari Ramnefjell/Amalie Sofie Ibsen Jensen

Technician: Magne Gjeraker/Håkon Oxaas Karlsen

Scenography and costumes: Gjermund Andresen

Composers: Geirmund Simonsen and Raymond Enoksen

Light-designer: Martin Myrvold

Props: Gøril Rostad

Dramaturg: Endre Sannes Hadland

Producers : Sandra Sandbye (Akershus Teater) and Kari Ramnefjell (Teater Joker)


The performance is funded by FFUK, Fond for Lyd & Bilde, Det Norske Komponistfond,, OsloMet.