The Girl With the Ugly Face

A show about how language shapes us, and about being a child, and fitting in (or not!), no matter where you are or what language you speak.


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"This performance was very recognizable to the children. They can see themselves in the story, completely. The universe the story takes place in is their world. They were completely with the performers the whole time."

— Professional promoter feedback, ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2019

Selected as part of the Assitej Artistic Gathering 2019

Lisa gets angry very fast. And when she gets angry, she gets very angry. She has never beaten anyone or thrown stones at anyone. But she says bad things. One day, she get so angry and says so many bad things, that everyone at the school scream: “Buuuh, buuuh – you have an ugly face!» Lisa runs home thinking that no one understands her. Not the other kids, not the teachers, nor the parents. 

This is a show about language and anger. It is also a show about friendship, and how it is possible to make things good again when everything feels bad.

The Girl With the Ugly Face is based on conversations and workshops with children ages 6-9, about the feelings of anger, loneliness and guilt. The feeling of being integrated and not being integrated has been the main focus in the process. We have been working with over a thousand children in Norway, Czech Republic and the UK when we developed this project.

Suitable for ages 6+

With support from Norwegian Arts Council and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs



Audience reactions from ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2019:

Professional promoter feedback, ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2019:

“The actors had so much pleasure. They were so believable and honest.”

“This is a very very fantastic piece of young people’s theatre. I congratulate this company with all my heart.”

Review from, Showbox Fringe 2019, Oslo:


Performers: Ingeborg Larsen and Helder Deploige/Nils Oortwijn/Patrick Hilmar Ingvaldsen

Concept: Kjell Moberg

Co-director: Kjell Moberg and Elisabet Topp 

Scenography and costume: Katja Ebbel Frederiksen 

Composer: Helder Deploige 

Lighting Design: Jan Hons / Simon Koci

Producer: Iva Moberg / Ingeborg Larsen

Technician: Julie Blakstad / Seda Witt / Václav Kalivoda / Lukáš Kalivoda



Markedet for Scenekunst (Sandefjord, Norway), ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering (Kristiansand, Norway), Showbox Fringe (Oslo, Norway), The Cultural Rucksack Norway (Asker, Vestfold, Finnmark, Tromsø, Viken), Lager 11 (Trondheim), TAK Theater (Liechtenstein), Theater Chur (Chur, Switzerland), Teaterlørdag, Sentralen UNG (Sentralen, Oslo), Vega Scene (Oslo)


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