Beyond Human Power II

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

Beyond Human Power II


One of the Norwegian playwright’s most remarkable plays.

The new SND building, Studio
31. 5. 2018

The Norwegian playwright, major advocate of small nations, humanist and theatre maker Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson created a fundamental reflection on responsibility and potential of élites, particularly though about humanity. Beyond Human Power II is a play about coexistence, love, as well as terrorism and utopia. A group of factory workers decide to go on strike to agree better working conditions with the owners. Neither party, however, considers the proposals tabled by the opponent to be good, though good people are on both sides. Tension raises, each party opts for strategy to struggle for their own kin and advocate better conditions. Individualism and pursuit of one’s own goals affect the life of majority. Bjørnson creates a spectre of familiar characters across a range of social strata. Pragmatists not driven by idea but benefits; bystanders driven by fear; eternal utopians who trust in happy ends and righteousness of human nature; those wishing to hold on to their status; and determined rebels ready to stand to the end. What is it that is the end here? Where is the point when the good become evil?

Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes, no interval

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Production Team

Translated by Anna Fosse
Directed by Ján Luterán
Stage design Juraj Poliak


Hraboš/Blom Ivan Vojtek
Hanne Bra/Ketil Jana Oľhová
Otto Herre/Anker Jozef Vajda
Elsa/Mo Dominika Žiaranová (as a guest)
slepý Anders František Kovár
Muž v hnedých šatách Daniel Fischer
Halden Marek Koleno (as a guest)
Per Stua/Sverd Daniel Ratimorský (as a guest)