Vicky the viking
Ages 6 and up
Adapted for the stage by Christina Piegger / Music by Katrin Schweiger
A true Viking is strong, brave and wild. He knows no fear and navigates the sea to conquer foreign lands, board enemy ships and return victorious with sacks full of gold and silver. But Vicky, whose father is the chief of the Viking village of Flake, is not interested in all these things. Unlike the ostensibly strong men in his village, Vicky prefers thinking to fighting. His father Halvar, the strongest and manliest Viking of all, doesn’t know what to make of that. Is his own son really a coward?
But the tide turns when Vicky beats his father in a contest. Determined to make a man out of him, his father orders Vicky to join him and his men on their ship. Together with the tough Vikings, Vicky embarks on a wild adventure. But who will end up helping whom …?
Vicky is a timeless anti-hero, widely known and loved for decades, who teaches us that some situations require brains rather than brawn. Staged as an adventurous Viking odyssey with catchy tunes and audience-participation choreographies, “Vicky the Viking” attacks common cliches.
Runer Jonsson’s (1916–2006) iconic character Vicky has encouraged children around the world to be themselves. The highly popular stories about Vicky are well-known from books, films and the animated TV series. A recent live-action movie won the “Goldene Leinwand” award in recognition of its commercial success. This is the first time that “Vicky the Viking” is presented as a theatrical play in Austria.
Christina Piegger has demonstrated her infallible instincts as a director of plays for this age group with “The Little Vampire” in the 2019/2020 season. Stage and costume designer Matthias Kronfuß will bring the seafaring adventure to life. Her playful designs have mesmerised young audiences at the Salzburg State Theatre in productions such as “Meister Eder und sein Pumuckl - Das Winterfest”.
Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes / no break
Mit großer Begeisterung, noch größeren Augen und gespitzten Ohren verfolgten die Kinder das Bühnengeschehen aus Schauspiel, Gesangs- und Tanzeinlagen. Das Bühnenbild von Mathias Kronfuß punktet in mehrfach wechselnden Bildern mit fast cineastischer Atmosphäre [...]. Ausreichend (Spiel-)Fläche für ein hochmotiviertes Ensemble aus acht Darstellern. [...] Wer denkt, ist klar im Vorteil und wer gutes Kindertheatermacht, rettet die Zukunft vor dem theatralen Schiffbruch.
Director Christina Piegger
Stage and Costume Design Matthias Kronfuss
Musik Katrin Schweiger
Dramaturgy Friederike Bernau
Gorm / Wolf
Diego da Cunha
Ylva / Walküre Brünhild
Walküre Sigrun / Hulda
Burgherr / Schrecklicher Sven Walter Sachers
von Friederike Bernau