A steampunk puppet show about Man’s (and Woman’s) complicated love of machines. The plot is based on a short story by award-winning Karin Tidbeck.

The story

Doctor Frantz Hiller falls madly in love with Beatrice, an airship shown at the Berlin World Exhibition. Frantz learns that Beatrice is a prototype and as such, not for sale. He must make do with buying a copy. Frantz names his new airship “Beatrice II” and installs her in a warehouse hastily rented for the purpose.

At the same Exhibition, Anna Goldberg, a printer’s daughter, falls in love with the magnificent steam engine Hercules. She buys him and, rents a warehouse where she can install her acquisition. When she arrives at the warehouse, Frantz and his airship are already there.

A conflict seems inevitable, but when Frantz and Anna realise that they have the same love for machines, they agree to share the warehouse as good neighbours. In the darkness of the warehouse, emotions are growing. The stage is set for a story of a great, all-consuming passion – at great risk.


Without uttering a word, two puppeteers tell the story of Frantz and Anna, creating a poetic and sensual steampunk universe with puppets, shadows, repurposed record players and throbbing engines.


The music by Andreas Busk is composed especially for the show, some of it being played live, on the unique Bornholm violin.


With “Beatrice”, Karin Tidbeck has created a surreal and tragicomic universe where men and machines are able to love, to hate and to die – even to multiply in bizarre organic ways.


Debuting as a writer in 2010, Karin Tidbeck has won international success with her short stories. She appeared on the Locus Recommended Reading List in 2012, and won the Crawford Memorial Award in 2013.


To learn more about the creating of Beatrice and follow the project please see our page on Facebook.


For public shows see BILLETTER or our Facebook-page.

For further information about guest performances, workshop options, prices, etc. please contact us.

The Team:

The show has been jointly created by Steve, Ida, Karina and Sarah


Director: Steve Tiplady



Ida Marie Tjalve and Karina Nielsen


Set designer, puppet maker and live music:

Sarah Piyannah Cederstrand


Composer and instrument maker: Andreas Busk


Lighting consultant: Kristine Hamann


Dramaturgical consultant: Jette Lund



Loui Danckert, Sandra Theresa Buch and Alba Zapater


Photographer: Charlotte Frantzdatter


Programme writer: Alex Uth

Producer: Tidsrum

Co-producer: Svanekegaarden



Age: 13+

Duration: 1 hour 15 min. including peep behind the stage.

Stagesize: H. 2,5m width 5m depth 5m.

Set up: 200mins.

get out: 90 mins.

Requires blackout and power supply for 230 V and 400 V (3 x 16 A).

Price is negotiated individually.

Beatrice is without words and tours internationally.

Collaborative partners:

Svanekegården, Bornholm.Co-Producent

Efterslægten HF center, København

Det Blå hus, Roskilde

Østerlars Friskole, Bornholm

Virum Skole, Virum

Riddersalen, Frederiksberg

Cirkus stjerneskud, Bornholm


With support from:

Danish Arts Council, Stage-arts

Danish Arts Foundation, Music


Bornholms Regionskommunes Teaterråd

Dansk skuespillerforbunds produktionsstøttemidler

Bornholms Tidendes Fond

Dansk Komponist Forening

Statens Værksteder for Kunst

Færgen, Bornholmerfærgen

BUPL's Solidaritets- og kulturpulje


With support from Danish Composers´ Society´s Production Pool/KODA´s Cultural Funds.


Adittional support: Generous donations from numerous individuals via our indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, some of them are:


Birgitte Getting. DK

Fiona McKellar, UK

John Roberts, UK

Aaron Burris-DeBoskey, USA

Lucy Morris, UK


Workshops and artist talks:

In connection with the show, Tidsrum offers various workshops and artist’s talks:

Shadow theatre workshop with Puppeteers Karina Nielsen and Ida Marie Tjalve.

Artist talks by Artistic Director Sarah Piyannah Cederstrand, Writer Karin Tidbeck or Composer Andreas Busk.

Contact info:


tel +45 25486480

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