PIT 2019 is over! Artists from 11 countries have performed at the festival. With happy people in the Festival Street and an almost sold out main program, PIT 2019 became what we were hoping for. We would like to extend a HUGE THANKS to our indispensable volunteers, artists from home and abroad, our hard-working technicians, sporty night guards, sponsors, public partners, and not least; our great and enthusiastic audience. Welcome to PIT 2020: June 16 – 20!

In Grenland Friteater’s new big outdoor performance about the Battle at the Dairy in 1933 we follow striking dairy ladies, local youths, police officers and curious spectators at Meieritorvet when the brutal state police arrive in Porsgrunn, ready to attack people with their truncheons raised.

Maritime Museum, June 5. – 14.


Growth of the Soil is a giant in Norwegian literature. Knut Hamsun received the Nobel Prize in 1920 for the novel about the pioneer Isak seeking his own land up north, and the hare-lipped woman Inger, coming walking to him over the mountains.

Vedtekka at Borgestad, June 11-12-13


Machines, mechanics, two men and one hen. Garage is a humorous and noisy theater performance that smells of oil and gasoline. The play takes place in a mechanical workshop environment where we meet two men in filthy overalls….

Ælvespeilet, June 12 and 13

CHAMBRE NOIREis a wild hallucination around the death-bed of Valerie Jean Solanas (1936-1988): the most beautiful girl in America, the talented psychology student who spent her life going in and out of mental institutions, the first intellectual whore, writer, radical feminist, creator of the SCUM Manifesto, the woman who shot Andy Warhol…

Ælvespeilet, June 14 and 15

Amer Hlehel is the author and performer of the play Taha, which tells the story of the celebrated Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali. Adapted from Adina Hoffman’s biography My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness.

Ælvespeilet, June 12 and 13.

Welcome to StatsTeatret’s 8th instalment of Norwegian history! This time the 1980s Aker Brygge – where dreams come true, and the bubbles burst! StatsTeatret takes you back to the 80s and to the song about the free market. Back to the decade where profitability, …

Ælvespeilet, June 14 and 15.

The years around the Russian Revolution in 1917 may represent the greatest dream humanity has ever had. A just world was around the corner, man was going from necessity to freedom. Barriers burst in all areas. The workers were to take over and control the factories, the farmers …

Friteatret, June 12 and 13

Aluminum Songs is a theater concert in the borderland between Kurt Weill, rusty worker songs and fragile rhythmic pop. Geddy Aniksdal has written a number of strongly autobiographical lyrics, …

Friteatret, June 15

Sven Henriksen is an actor, singer, playwright and social a voice in the social debate. In this performance we meet the vulnerable and open Henriksen who takes us through a bad childhood, his journey into Norwegian theater, intoxication and adulthood…

Kafé K, June 13

A man in a suite shows up with a beehive. It will turn out to be a surprise package with a built-in stove, its own waterworks, secret jukebox and a miniature stage. A small life story is performed about a man who gets everything – and loses it.

Keim’s Gård, June 15

A newlywed couple stands outside their first common residence. They hesitate to enter. How will they fit the concrete table? Where’s the roof, and who has the key? Gyrid Axe Øvsteng’s texts have many rooms; room for laughter, for wonder, for reflection and for meeting ourselves in the door.

Gjennomsikten at Lahelle, June 15

DONKY-MILK TO THE PEOPLE! is the slogan when LecheBurre takes the stage. LecheBurre’s Latinflow is a living example of new culture from Gothenburg, where reggae, cumbia, reggaeton and much more is poured out of a musical diversity and invites to dance!

Kafé K, June 15

Scene:Bluss is an experimental interdisciplinary platform, a festival within the festival, a place to test and share ideas, where we provide a framework for the unpredictable. It has lasted for 4 hours, for 4 days and for 25 hours nonstop. With POSSE edition, we will emphasize critical practices …

STREET OF FOOLS is the festival’s cornucopia. This is where everything can happen! Clowns, acrobats, puppet shows, street performers, comic “opera”, slapstick, musicians and hip-hop. You will also find various food stalls that save you from making food these days.

Every day during the festival

Wim Wenders’ tribute to the legendary German choreographer Pina Bausch. A sensual and hypnotic movie experience that matches Bausch’s unique mix of theater and dance. Wim Wenders has made a beautiful document about one of our most important artists.

Kafé K, June 14

The Cobblestone Ball not only marks the opening of the Porsgrunn International Theatre Festival and the most beautiful week of the year. The Cobblestone Ball  has also become a cherished tradition with entertainment of the very highest quality!

City Square, June 12 from 5 pm


PIT 2019 will take place June 11 – 15.
Fools, jugglers, clowns and other madmen and -women take control over the streets of Porsgrunn. They all have one thing in common: The Street is their Stage.

City Center, June 13 – 16


Interested in people and new experiences?

Enjoying festivals?

Could you like to be part of the team planning and  facilitating the theatre festival and the work our fantastic and indispensable volunteers do every year?

Then you should come to information and talk at :

Friteatret, Huken 3d, Porsgrunn

Tue Sept 19. h.18:00!

PIT has a large number of volunteers, who makes it possible to make the festival. These are people we really appriciate and depend on. In 2017 more or less 120 volunteers where working. People from many countries and in all ages worked together a busy week, douing all kinds of work, from driving artists, rigging, running the volunteers café, etc. There is laughter, sweat, pulse and good vibrations!

Being a volunteer at PIT is great fun and lots of work. You learn new skills and meet new friends. Our volunteers keep comin back, year after year, some even from abroad!