We Come from Far, Far Away

A performance for younger audiences exploring the stories of refugees performed in a Mongolian yurt.


On tour now

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"outstanding piece of theatre"

— Glam Adelaide May, 2023

Winner of the Hedda Award for the best performance for young audience in 2017 (Norway)

Divadlo NIE – představení PŘICHÁZÍME ZDALEKA – prezentace vhodná pro tisk

This year we tour We Come from Far, Far Away in Czech Republic, Poland and Norway. The performance is played in English, Czech, Norwegian and German.

Currently we are preparing a European tour with this show in 2025!

About the show:
A performance for younger audiences exploring the stories of refugees performed in a Mongolian yurt. We developed the show working with Hvalstad Transittmottak, a centre that provides a first reception point for young refugees (aged 13 – 18) who have arrived alone to claim asylum in Norway. Most were from Afghanistan and Syria and had made the journey to Norway alone. Their stories are difficult and amazing. They were full of energy and life and hope for the future. In this performance we tried to tell one of them in a simple and intimate way. After each performance there is a post-show discussion.

“I had a tent, I bought it in a supermarket in Greece, there was a sign which I could not read apart from that it said € 100 which was crossed out and then was written €40 in red! That’s called a bargain – so I took my money and I stood in the line. I tried to look normal. When I got to the desk I gave the man my money, he put it in the till and then he asked me something, I smiled, and then he started to shout at me, he shouted and shouted, so I took my phone out and started to film him…..”

Suitable for ages 10+

With support from Arts Council Norway, Municipality of Asker, Arts Council England and Ministry of Culture Czech Republic



funny, imaginative, inventive and sadyou’re in for something pretty special.

A  harrowing and heartbreaking tale of a crisis that isn’t happening nearly as 

far away as we think”

The Wee Review ★★★★


“with twists of wily humour, some atmospheric live music and the honest details of brutal experiences.. Unconditional friendship, like courage and hope, accompanies every step of this powerfully affecting journey”

The Herald ★★★★


“this touching and humorous piece of theatre brings these necessary stories from far, far, away, much closer to home”

Edinburgh Guide ★★★★


“We Come from Far, Far Away communicates the refugee experience by immersing us in it… told with humour, energy and hope using live music, puppets and storytelling”

Children’s Theatre Review


“NIE doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities .. and yet there is a lightness which makes digesting the information not just possible, but enjoyable. The live music helps, so do the comic touches dappled throughout, and sitting in a tent is always fun”

The List  ★★★★


“World Class storytelling”

Periskop newspaper, Norway


“The performance is rich and complex. It is not at all a heavy or worthy piece of drama, rather it is a human, touching, and above all funny play”

The New European


“This is the most important performance that has visited our school”

Hvalstad Primary School, Norway


“The students cannot stop talking about the performance, and both the adults and young people were very touched by the work”

Vettre Primary School, Norway


Cast: Václav Kalidova, Iva Moberg, Robert Orr/Nils Oortwijn/Helder Deploige, Nora Svalheim (previous performers Jean Goubert, Julia Masli, Marina Popovic)
Creative team: Alex Byrne (Director), Kjell Moberg (Director and Dramaturg), Šimon Kočí (Lighting design), Kateřina Housková (Set design), David Hlaváč (Music Director), Lukáš Kalivoda (Technitian), Jan Kalivoda (Technician), Alexander Moberg (Technician, Production assistant)


2016 Showbox festival (N) and Dieselverkstaden (S) 2017 Theatre of European Regions festival(CZ), Dublin Theatre Festival and Baboro International Children’s festival (IE), Contact festiva(UK), SAND Festival (N), 2018 Bærum Kulturhus (N),Kopergietery (BE),Edinburgh International Children’s Festival(UK),Non Stop festival (N), NOD Roxy (CZ), HeddaFestival (N). SZENE Waldviertel festival (CZ),Once Upon a Time festival with Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds(UK), The National Theatre (SLO), VEGA Scene (N)

2023 Sydney Opeara House (AU), DreamBIG festival Adelaide (AU), LandArt festival Dikemark (N), Palác Akropolis (CZ)

15.800 students have seen the performance in The Cultural Rucksack Norway.


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The project "NIE Theatre - Graphic design/branding" is financed by the European Union - NextGenerationEU within the Creative Vouchers program by Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.

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