Own production
Premiere: 9th of September, 2022
Playing dates: 10th, 11th and 16th to18th of September, 2022
The Cultural Schoolbag: 17th to 20th of October, 2022
Co-production: S/S Hestmanden – Norwegian war sailor museum
Duration: 60 minutes
Cast and crew
Oskar: André Lassemo
Ingvald: Jon Erik Myre


Playwright: Jon Erik Myre and André Lassemo
Director and dramaturge: Åsmund Brede Eike
Script consultants: Kristian Landmark and Kjetil Kro Sørborg
Composer/musical director: Jon Erik Myre
Musical organizers: Jon Erik Myre og Tormod Tvete Vik
Orchestrator: Lars Lunde
Costume design: Rebecca Dahle
Set design and props: Kanon Produksjon
Sound designer: Kristian Bronebakk
Light designer and technician: Victor Phillipson


Poster photo: Simon Scotting and Hilfred Mikalsen
Poster design: Gunstein Myre and Jon Erik Myre
Playbill and show photos: Gunstein Myre
S/S Hestmanden // Bredalsholmen Dokk og Fartøyvernsenter, Andøyveien, Kristiansand
Funding by
Fritt Ord, Bergessenstiftelsen, Tom Wilhelmsens Stiftelse, Agder Fylkeskommune, Scenekunst Sør, Cultiva Ekspress, Kristiansand Kommune og Fond for frilansere. Forestillingen er utviklet med støtte av Fritt Ord, Agder Fylkeskommune, Cultiva Ekspress and Scenekunst Sør
Special thanks
Stian Engedal Lunde, Gro Eikeland og Thea Eriksen v/Vest-Agder-museet, Lars Lunde, Ragnar Bjerkreim, Andreas L. Molde, Hilfred Mikalsen, Anne Helene Halvorsen, Anita B. and Roald Straumann, Kai Haugen, Jan Oskar Leonhard Pettersen, Myre and Lassemo families.

The Lucky Ship

– a war sailor story

by Jon Erik Myre and André Lassemo

World War II is in full swing. The Norwegian merchant fleet becomes a piece in a total war, and Norwegian sailors are suddenly in the middle of the heat, whether they want it or not. Our story begins when the news that the Germans have occupied Norway has just reached the crew. We follow the characters Ingvald and Oskar, two brothers-in-law who work on board the ship S/S Hestmanden. Their journey, the situations the ship and its crew end up in, and the return home, are presented through encounters between them, literally between battles.

The play is based on documents and interviews conducted by war sailors during World War II. The historical background to this piece, as well as the ships experiences, is based directly from sources taken from the Norwegian War Sailors Museum at the Vest-Agder Museum. The two main characters’ lives, experiences, and conversations with each other are fictional, but are inspired by interviews of former war sailors. The production is a collaborative project between the theatre company Kanon Produksjon and S/S Hestmanden – Norwegian War Sailor Museum at the Vest-Agder Museum, and will be played on board the ship S/S Hestmanden in September 2022.

Listen to the music on Spotify

Creative team

André Lassemo

Jon Erik Myre

Lasse Lindtner
Voice over

Rebecca Dahle
Costume designer

Kristian Bronebakk
Sound designer

Victor Phillipson
Light designer/teknisk avvikler