The Misfits

Written and directed by Mattias Andersson
With The ensemble of Backa Teater

In a galaxy far, far away … Up in the distant north … In a grey working class suburb of Gothenburg, Sweden … The year was 1978 and some radical theatre workers founded a theatre company: Backa Theatre. Their aim was to interact with the young people of the community, and especially with the ones who came from the working class or from socially troubled backgrounds. The ensemble searched for scripts, music and theatrical shapes that could describe and connect with the outcast, the troubled youth, the misfits of the Swedish society in 1978. They wanted to use theatre to inspire the younger generation and thereby change the course towards a better world

Photo: Ingmar Jernberg

This performance has its starting point in documentary pictures, scripts and music from the history of Backa Theatre, from 1978 to 2016. Combined with the shifting images and narratives about the outcast, the troubled youth, the misfits in news media, music and film, this theatre piece is a scenic investigation of how social constructions and the need for scapegoats create the misfits of a society. And thereby it reveals the constantly shifting images, attributes and gestures of the antagonistic part that is: The Misfit.

Authentic texts and voices from the outcast, the troubled youth and the misfits of Europe 2016 are included in the piece.

Production: : Backa Teater (Göteborgs Stadsteater)

Coproduction: Prospero (Théâtre National de Bretagne, France; Théâtre de Liège, Belgium; Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione, Italy; Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Germany; National Theatre of Croatia / World Theatre Festival Zagreb, Croatia; Athens and Epidaurus Festival, Greece)


World premiere:  9 April 2016

Göeteborg Stadsteater