Four fictive students of 7.Y anno 1975 do. In the play “Det som ingen ved” (“What nobody knows”) they meet again in 2014 and think back about all the secrets they used to share in their early teens. These secrets become very much alive on the stage in honour of our days’ teenagers.
And boy, do they got secrets(!). The most innocent ones – like a secrets crush on a friend or girls’ first sharing of make-up – are suddenly overshadowed by much more scary secrets … Beating at home, parents’ lie about adoption, shoplifting, cheating in a test at school and realizing your own homosexuality appear from an impressively small setting. The stage is actually no more than a few orange memory-boxes filled with personal props from the character’s schooldays.
The acting is well-performed and definitely good entertainment (even to the noisy teen-boys in the back), although I wonder if it ever hit true identification. The troubled characters act much too mature for their young age to earn the play real credit, and the strong references in listening to ABBA’s music or using a wired telephone hardly create any strong relations to their young audience (more likely, to their teachers or this journalist, more than twice the age of the girl next seat …). However, the good old diary-showing, complete with little hearts and smileys showing today’s mood, is probably an all-time teen-hit (although this happens on social medias these days). Besides, nobody can deny the skillful acting, which makes a great starting point for class-discussions on how to handle secrets among teens and their teachers after the play.
The play was performed by travelling Teater Patrasket as a part of Vesterbro Teaterfestival. The settings of Teatret Zeppelin could not have been better chosen, since this is like entering an old mansion – and a much story-enthusiastic kind of mansion, that is 🙂