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Elling $19.95 ex GST
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Based on the novel by Ingvar Ambjørnsen, in an original stage adaptation by Axel Hellstenius in collaboration with Peter Naess, in a new version by Simon Bent.

Mummy's boy Elling and his roomate, the uncouth reluctant Kjell Bjarne, are the Odd Couple of Oslo: a pair of confused souls taking their first steps in the outside world after years of isolated, institutional life. Given a flat in the city by social services, they must re-assimilate themselves into society or face a return to the asylum. So it’s simply a question of convincing their social worker that they really are 'normal'—even if it does feel safer sleeping in the wardrobe...

Elling is one of those rare, precious pieces of spoken-word drama that persuades even sour old cynics like me to go home riding high on a spirit of joie de vivre. There is no better theatrical tonic in town. Nicholas de Jongh, Evening Standard

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-794-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB


Simon Bent studied Drama at Birmingham University and started his theatrical career as an actor. He was writer in residence at both the University of Essex and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Many of his early plays, which he also appeared in, were toured extensively. His work includes Goldhawk Road, Wasted, Bad Company (published in Plays Three) Shelter, The Escapologist, Sugar Sugar, Accomplices and Under the Black Flag, (all published by Oberon Books). He adapted John Irving’s novel A Prayer For Owen Meany which sold out at the National Theatre in 2002 and has been produced in Washington and Philadelphia. His first feature screenplay Christie Mallory's Own Double Entry, adapted from the novel by BS Johnson, was nominated for a BAFTA award.

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