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The Winners of the 2016 International Ibsen Award

international-ibsen-award-logoThe International Ibsen Award, the world’s leading theatre award, is awarded to individuals or institutions that have made a significant contribution to the development of theatre as an art form. The British theatre group Forced Entertainment is the winner of the 2016 International Ibsen Award. The winner receives NOK 2.5 million which is financed by the Norwegian state through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The award ceremony took place in connection with the International Ibsen Festival at the National Theatre in Oslo on September 23, 2016. During this year’s festival, three of Forced Entertainment’s pieces will be performed as a part of the festival programme at the National Theatre.

The Forced Entertainment theatre collective was established in Sheffield, England by Tim Etchells in 1984, and the group is renowned for its ground-breaking, genre-defying theatrical approach. Forced Entertainment have created their own performative space within the history of theatre. This influential theatre group is a group that recognises the theatre as a central voice within society, and which sincerely and with dedication uses theatre as an arena for public debate; an open, reflexive and poetic space with ethical and social value.



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