chapter  10
TIE in Scandinavia
ByTove Ilsaas, Torunn Kjølner
Pages 20

In the late 1960s and early 1970s the traditional concept of theatre in Scandinavia was challenged by the emergence of what was known as a group theatre movement. A variety of small theatre companies were established with the aim of breaking down the traditional hierarchy of theatre production. Drawing on a range of personnel-teachers and social workers, many with no formal theatre training, as well as actors from the small avant-garde theatres that had developed in the early 1960s-they wanted to debate contemporary issues and make room for new life in the theatre. Building a ‘free’ group theatre company challenged accepted theatre practice and political life alike.