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Blickfelder Festival

The Girl With the Ugly Face

A play about a child's struggle to fit in - or not to fit in

NIE Theatre (NO/CZ/UK)

Lisa gets angry quickly. And when she gets angry, she gets very angry. She's never hit a person or thrown stones at them. But she says bad words. One day she gets so angry and says so many bad things that it prompts everyone at school to yell, "Boo, boo - you have an ugly face!". Lisa runs home feeling misunderstood by everyone. The other kids don't understand her, the teachers don't understand her, and her parents understand her the least of them all.

"The Girl With The Ugly Face" is about what anger can do to us and how we sometimes manage to make things right, even when the world feels far too big and we feel far too small.

In developing this project, Nie Theatre held workshops and conversations with children ages 6-9 about exclusion, powerlessness, and dealing with unwanted anger. 

Schauspielhaus Zürich (Schiffbau)
45 Min
Wheelchair accessible
Deutsche Gebärdensprache (DGS)
Internationales Theater-/Tanzprogramm

Participatory art mediation programs:
What do I do when I can feel my head spinning and my face gets all red with anger?  Why is an expression of joy more accepted in society than one of anger? After the play "The Girl With the Ugly Face" we will playfully confront our own anger, make ugly faces and look "being angry" in the face!

theater pedagogue Alina Immoos and the Theaterjahr of the Schauspielhaus Zürich (Enno Rennenkampff, Rosa-Lin Meessen, Moubi Djibril, Pauline Avognon, Anina Steiner)

Dates of participatory art mediation programs:
Wed 15 June / 11:00
Thu 16 June / 11:00
Fri 17 June / 11:00

45 min



Kjell Moberg


Kjell Moberg & Elisabet Topp


Ingeborg Larsen, Helder Deploige

Set design and costumes:

Katja Ebbel Frederiksen


Helder Deploige

Light technician:

Lukas Kalivoda, Vaclav Kalivoda Light design: Jan Hons og Simon KociProduction


Iva Moberg


Sindre Strand Offerdal