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It turned out well, against all odds. Thank you. Big thank you!
For one year I was a long term patient after unfortunate incidents both in- and outside of the hospital. Involuntarily I became an observer of life in a hospital, for better and for worse. The experiences left deep scars, and I started reflecting. How does the system work? How does the way a hospital is organized influence employees and safety of patients? What is the cause of an extreme pressure to discharge patients, and is it in the patient’s interest? Is out-sourcing a good way to run a hospital? …

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My questions grew, and the search for answers started. We went travelling, my film-collegue and I, looking for health-expertice, -leadership and -politics. First in our home town Trondheim, then across Norway, and finally to Copenhagen which lead to new connections in Sweden and Denmark - all done over a period of 2 years. To finally find hope.

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As a theatre artist I started imagining a new play: Documentary theatre, black humor, visual treatment of paintings from my stay, reflections based on rather absurd experiences connected to the state of affairs in our healthcare system. And a wish to portray the art of living while trying to survive. And gratitude towards staff, stomas, intervenous feeding, family and friends: STAYER

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Since 2014 we have read books and articles, studied documentary theatre, visited health conferences, filmed 27 interviews, and painted for an exhibition. On this extensive research we have developed the manuscript, music and dramaturgic path for my personal story, while applying for financial support to make it come to fruition.

STAYER premiered March 3rd 2017 in Teaterhuset Avant Garden in Trondheim and is now touring conferences, seminars, universities, theatres, festivals - moving the audience and stimulating to fruitful debates on future health care.

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from STAYER première March 3rd 2017 at Teaterhuset Avant Garden, Trondheim
photo: Vegard Schjelderup

Please feel free to contact us.
Good health to you all, from Coby!

STAYER production staff:

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Consept/playwright/actress: Coby Omvlee
Director/co-playwright: Anne Mali Sæther
Set designer: Gilles Berger
Video/projections/edit/sound/music: Randi Størseth (doc-art)
Light design/stage techology: Sune Schjeldrup (Gaffa a/s)
Costumes: Jenny Hilmo Teig
Dramaturgy: Marius Kolbenstvedt, Anne Mali Sæther
Assistent: Ståle Ingebretsen
Producers: Coby Omvlee, Randi Størseth at Teater Fusentast
PR, behind the scene: Jaap den Hertog, Teater Fusentast
Co-produced with Teaterhuset Avant Garden

paintings/images by Coby Omvlee

violin-improv Denise Ayres
cello-improv Ellie Young
music/piano-improv Randi Størseth

"brochure" photos: intestines Syontix; diving Schröder 1935; new borns Yulia Gusset; mountain climbing Free download; wild boars (Not re-found on net);

photographs time lapse videos Sune Schjelderup, formatted by Vegard Schjelderup
greenscreen-cleaning V. Schjelderup

sound mastering interviews Ole Jonas Storli

Financial support:
Stiftelsen Fritt Ord, Dramatikerforbundet, Norsk Kulturfond, Ekstrastiftelsen Helse og Rehabilitering, Landsforening mot Fordøyelsessykdommer, Norsk Skuespillerforbund, Sør-Trøndelag fylkeskommune, Trondheim kommune, Fond For Utøvende Kunstnere og Norsk kulturråd

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