The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling

Teater Manu

30/11/2022 - 11:00 - 11:50
From 5 years old

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In collaboration with Teater Manu.

The fairy tale “The Ugly Duckling” is about a duckling who enters the world and experiences rejection. On his first day in the duck farm, he is mocked by the other animals because he looks different. He is ugly, big and ugly, and the animals on the farm refuse to accept him. They push, hit, bully him until his own mother turn on him.

One day the ugly duckling is overwhelmed and decides to escape. Alone in the world, he faces many challenges, but when winter turns to spring, the ugly duckling discovers that he is actually a beautiful swan, and that in a flock of swans that he belongs.
And there he will finally be accepted for who he truly is.

H.C. Andersen wrote the fairy tale “The Ugly Duckling” in November 1842 and it is still as relevant today. It can be read in many different ways; excluded in a community for sexual or racial reasons, having a disability or simply for just being different, and therefore have to fight to be accepted.

Director Thea Elisabeth Skallevold’s vision is to create a show that not only appeals to children, but also to adults, siblings and grandparents so that it becomes a common experience for everyone.

“Everyone needs imagination. Especially when life gets difficult. As it happens, from time to time. We want to invite children and adults into a poetic, playful and magical universe”
– Thea Elisabeth Skallevold, director.


Playing time: About 50 minutes


Ipek D. Mehlum

Julie Ane Holst



Director: Thea Elisabeth Skallevold

Language dramaturgy: Sølvi R. Zuckermann

Scenography and costume design: Mari Hesjedal

Composer and sound design: Odin Staveland

Props and technical producer: Gøril Rostad

Lighting design: Truls S. Yggeseth

Mask design: Therese Lia