Beatrice, English

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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.

The Team

The show has been jointly created by Steve, Ida, Karina and Sarah
Director: Steve Tiplady
Puppeteers: 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
Co-devisers: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.

Additional 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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