Panopticum

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One-man theatre on Northern Europe's smallest theatre stage. For all ages.

Our custom-made mini theatre has 4 small peepholes, one for each spectator. Each viewing lasts approx 6-7 minutes. and is performed continuously for 3 to 5 hours per day.
Inside the peep show cabinet micro theatre is being played. It is based on a now extinct tradition from Asia Minor and the Middle East.

Our Panopticum is very much inspired by the children's book: "The Box of Marvels” (German: Der Wunderkasten) by Syrian-German author Rafik Schami. In this book he describes in detail a dying form of story-telling: An old man who travels around with a similar box on his back. But no one is interested anymore. Not even the children. And the dilapidated box contents begin to fall apart...
In the aforementioned ancient form, the story was shown on a roll of paper, as it was told. Fusentast's version is enriched with Jaap den Hertog's wonderful scenographic inventions and paper puppets. And he is not merely story-telling. He plays all the characters, leading and moving his little paper dolls with the help of an ingenious system of numerous cords and wires. All this while also operating lights and sound, and maintains relaxed eye contact with the waiting crowd.

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Panopticum Performances

So far, we have created 4 different Panopticum performances.
The Parisian Pillow Case
Titranic
Nora The Moving Picture Show
1000 Years in a Box

The first Panopticum performance: 1000 Years in a Box, Trondheim's 1000-year history in 5 minutes, was created for the city's 1000-year jubilee. For obvious reason, it is no longer being performed.

The performances are created by:
Stage direction and dramaturgy: Elin Hassel Iversen
Concept for stage technique, inventions and production: Jaap den Hertog
Carpentry for the Panopticum stage: Kristin Giske
In addition there is a separate writer/illustrator team for each new performance.

Touring

Our Panopticum shows have times over been performed in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Austria and Italy; played in Norwegian, Dutch, English, German, French and Italian.