Utoya

Author(s): Edoardo Erba, translated by Marco Young Company: Riva Theatre and ZAVA Productions in collaboration with Arcola Theatre

On July 22nd 2011 on the Norwegian island of Utoya, a far-right terrorist massacred sixty-nine innocent students attending a socialist party Summer Camp after detonating a van full of explosives at the heart of Oslo's government district. Six characters touched by the tragedy of that fateful day tell their stories in a series of dark but warm dialogues.

Gunnar and Malin have sent their daughter to the camp on the island, and desperately seek to contact her. Petter and Inga, who live on the farm next-door to the perpetrator’s, realise as the news breaks that their suspicions about him were well founded. Alf and Unni, members of the Oslo police force, must decide on the best course of action in response to the attack.

Across a series of duologues, Utoya is a cautionary tale about the threat of far-right extremism, while also touching on society's latent prejudices and revealing how compassion can rise to the fore in the midst of tragic events.

Performances

Venue: Arcola Theatre, London Dates:

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