SCENOGRAPHY BY JOHANNA MÅRTENSSON
Gun Britt Sundström
Maken (swedish for Husband) is a play based on a book by Gun Britt Sundström about a young man and woman in the sixties who tries to find a way of living together without following the norm.
It is a very intellectual play and I wanted the scenography to give the actors a physical challenge, to amplify the ups and downs and the complexity of the relationship. I designed a hybrid of a roller coaster and a bed, covered with mattresses, with the classical mattres fabric. The actors could jump, run, fall, fight and crawl on the mattresses which really helped the actors to perform this story in a fast forward and playful way. In act 2, when the relationship starts to get very complicated, they take the mattresses of leaving the bare bed like a skeleton. And in act 3, that we call the divorce act, they take the construction apart, leaving it as fragments / islands on the stage. This gave them very different restrictions to work with, from soft and playful to harch and hard.