DETTE ER IKKE OSS by Monica Isakstuen

A unique, captivating and poetic chamber play


DETTE ER IKKE OS Den Nationale Scene 2022 © Sebastian Dalseide


Monica Isakstuen
2 F / 2 M
Norwegian text

It’s summer, it’s morning, there’s no more muesli. MY MOTHER, MY FATHER, MY SISTER and MY BROTHER wake up to what might seem like a normal day. But where am I? And how do you deal with reality if the unreal has happened?

Monica Isakstuen’s play investigates “home” as an electric minefield between security and tyranny. It is about grief and loss, about our roles throughout life, about the relationships and constellations we are part of and which are us, but still not. In ”Dette er ikke oss” / “This is not us” we follow a family through a dramatic day, where the divide between love and disgust, sadness and ecstasy is erased. What is nightmare and reality is not always obvious.

The play is a commissioned work for Den Nationale Scene, and had its Norwegian premiere on 26 January, 2022.

6 stars
“A sparkling drama”
Olav Gorseth, Bergensavisen

5 hearts
“Isakstuen brilliantly shows how grief can be divisive, make one hateful, hectic and full of anxiety.”
Charlotte Myrbråthen, Bergens Tidende

“Monica Isakstuen’s new play, assigned to a cohesive artistic ensemble, creates a good and disturbingly, or disturbingly good, theater experience.”
Ingvild Bræin, Norwegian Shakespeare Magazine

“[…] A playful and subtle language which does that her stage texts can often be read as good fiction.”
Amund Grimstad, Klassekampen