Handbook for Housewives

Stage 2, Sara kulturhus, Skellefteå

AN INTIMATE STORY OF THE CONDITIONS OF MOTHERHOOD, OF CARE, AND A FRIENDSHIP THAT SURVIVES IT ALL.

When Ester moves into the newly built villa, the house is spacious and modern, seventy square meters with a bathroom and an indoor laundry room. Husband Gunnar thinks they can afford some comforts, and soon their first child will be born.

Across the street lives Majken, who is going on holiday as a housewife, and Gunhild, who picks berries to earn her own money for a freezer. Many years later, when Ester has lived her whole life in the house and will soon move out, she suddenly stands face to face with who she once was; the nineteen-year-old new mother who tried to find her place in the housewife ideals of the fifties and the forty-year-old who walks alone during the days when her daughter has grown up, who understands that the care she gives to the home is not valued as before and that she is now expected to look for a job.

The Housewife is a newly written play depicting a homemaker's life with frilled pillowcases, varnished floors, and sewing machines. A story of motherhood, about care and a friendship that survives everything. Three actors play the same role at three different ages in a performance where the often invisible women's work, such as needlework and housework, takes place on stage.

Playwright Camilla Blomqvist and director Johanna Salander have approached the play, among other things, through research and interviews about the folk home era in Skellefteå. Hanna Cecilia Lindkvist is responsible for the scenography and Frida Johansson for the specially composed music. In the role of Ester we see Annika Nordin, Sonja Lindblom and Malin Vispe.

Facts about seating:
The scenography is structured as a room where the audience sits around the stage. The performance takes place in the middle of the room with the audience on all sides. In this way, the performance feels intimate and this is reinforced by the fact that there is only room for about 90 people in the audience per performance. Coffee will be served at the end of the performance and is included in the ticket price.

03Mar 19:00 - 20:45 Stage 2, Sara kulturhus
04Mar 15:00 - 16:45 Stage 2, Sara kulturhus
08Mar 19:00 - 20:45 Stage 2, Sara kulturhus
09Mar 19:00 - 20:45 Stage 2, Sara kulturhus
10Mar 19:00 - 20:45 Stage 2, Sara kulturhus
11Mar 15:00 - 16:45 Stage 2, Sara kulturhus
14Mar 19:00 - 20:45 Stage 2, Sara kulturhus
15Mar 19:00 - 20:45 Stage 2, Sara kulturhus
16Mar 19:00 - 20:45 Stage 2, Sara kulturhus
24Mar 19:00 - 20:45 Stage 2, Sara kulturhus
25Mar 15:00 - 16:45 Stage 2, Sara kulturhus
26Mar 15:00 - 16:45 Stage 2, Sara kulturhus
20Apr 19:00 - 20:45 Stage 2, Sara kulturhus
21Apr 19:00 - 20:45 Stage 2, Sara kulturhus
22Apr 15:00 - 16:45 Stage 2, Sara kulturhus
23Apr 15:00 - 16:45 Stage 2, Sara kulturhus
26Apr 19:00 - 20:45 Stage 2, Sara kulturhus
27Apr 19:00 - 20:45 Stage 2, Sara kulturhus
28Apr 19:00 - 20:45 Stage 2, Sara kulturhus
29Apr 15:00 - 16:45 Stage 2, Sara kulturhus

Contact information

Torggatan 7
Skellefteå
Contact: Maria Asserud
Phone: +46-910715615

Organizer: Västerbottensteatern

E-mail: maria.asserud@vasterbottens...

Price information

SEK 355 

SEK 315, book early until 14 Feb 2023

SEK 215, youth (up to 26 years)/stud

Facts

Language: Swedish

 

Script: Camilla Blomqvist

Director: Johanna Salander

Set designer: Hanna Cecilia Lindkvist

Makeup and wig: Helena Andersson

Lighting designer: Kin Isaksson

Composer: Frida Johansson

Cast: Annika Nordin, Sonja LIndblom & Malin Vispe

Photo: Lisalove Bäckman