Wiew images from NVT and Stamsund at the bottom of the article.
The coastal express calls at Stamsund twice daily (northbound and southbound). The municipal centre of Leknes is only a 15-minute drive away. Here one can find a diversity of shops, an off-licence, cinema, restaurants and airport. There are several daily bus shuttles between Stamsund and Leknes. A car rental is also located in Stamsund.
One of the Visual Theatre's closest neighbours is Stamsund's social centre, Skjærbrygga, which houses a pub, restaurant, club hall/concert venue and rorbu cabin rental. Skjærbrygga's restaurant was selected by the Professional Forum for Food and Beverage as one of Norway's finest in 2001/2002. The pub has a pleasant and tasteful decor, featuring a large open hearth fireplace. Here one can relax with the morning newspaper or enjoy live music in the evenings at one of the many concerts that are regularly held here. Skjærbrygga is fully licensed for food and beverage services. More information may be found here
We are located in the midst of easily accessible, stunningly beautiful natural surroundings with abundant opportunities for mountain hikes, skiing trips and fishing excursions at sea or in local rivers and lakes. Also located in Stamsund is one of Norway's finest alpine ski areas with a 1700-meter descent and a view from the summit that is breathtaking even for the most blasé mountain climbers. The Arctic Challenge snowboard championships have been held here several times.
Good Working Conditions
Nordland Visual Theatre is housed in a building that contains all of the technical and administrative facilities for the theatre's operation. Everything needed for production and the practical daily operation is located under the same roof, making the theatre ideal for working productively and undisturbed during a concentrated project period. Many people find that Stamsund and Lofoten have a quiet peacefulness that is difficult to find in the large urban centres where theatres and theatrical personnel normally work, and this stimulates and promotes an extra zeal to work creatively.
Nordland Visual Theatre has its own car that may be used by guests when it is available - and Visual Theatre's technical manager is flight-certified and has access to an aeroplane...
Theatrical personnel who are guests are lodged in a flat owned by the theatre. The flat is pleasantly furnished with two single bedrooms and one double bedroom, a living room, kitchen and bath. For relaxation during late evenings, there is also a woodstove, TV and DVD player. The flat is located quayside and has a fantastic view out across a bustling fishing port. Whenever more lodgings are required, we hire rorbu cabins/flats locally. See example here
Nordland Visual Theatre's offices and conference room are located on the first and second storeys. Also located here is a sauna bath that may be used by guests of the theatre.
Visual Theatre's peaceful library (with an open fireplace) also serves as a meeting room and office for guests. It is equipped with a desk and PC for use by theatrical personnel who are guests, and with a TV, video and DVD player. The theatre has wireless broadband access and is well-equipped with printers, copying machines and video editing equipment.
The sewing room is light and spacious and provides ideal conditions for all textile and costume work. It is equipped with most of the necessary tools and accessories and has a limited selection of textiles. Our professional sewing assistant Anne Sørfjell will gladly assist with any major or minor sewing projects for productions.
The puppet workshop is located adjacent to the sewing room. It is a spacious, light and magical room in which all manner of creations can come to life.
Nordland Visual Theatre has a fully equipped kitchen that also serves as a lunchroom and is of course available in the evenings as well.
As an extension to the kitchen, there is a laundry available, and on the second storey there is a clothes-drying room.
The Audience Level
All activities involving audiences are on the ground floor.
Visual Theatre's Large Hall is a «black box» 9.6 x 9.3 x 5.5 m. (w d h). We have most required sound and lighting equipment, and during performances we normally install amphitheatre seating for the audience. We have several seating arrangements. The largest of these accommodates about 90 spectators.
Adjoining the Large Hall we have a storeroom/workshop for sound and lighting equipment, with tools and facilities for repairing and adjusting electrically wired accessories.
Our Small Theatre Hall is most often used for rehearsals and training. The hall is a «black box» measuring 9.2 x 5.7 x 2.8 m. One of the short walls is mirrored. The hall has several large windows that can be blinded. In addition to being an excellent rehearsal room, the Small Theatre Hall has been used on several occasions for premiere parties.
Between the performance halls is the public foyer. The foyer is naturally equipped with a chandelier, piano and bar, and it is used as a theatre café preceding performances.
Most of Nordland Visual Theatre's technical rooms are located in the bottom storey.
The actors' dressing rooms are located in the bottom storey.
Here one can find almost everything - and everyone... In all, there are three storage rooms on the cellar level. In the stage properties storeroom are props, earlier used figures, masks, costumes, etc. (also called the mouldy room). In the props room are sections of sets, masking walls, etc. Farthest inside is the storage room for various audience platforms, rigging elements (also called the champagne room).
Perhaps not a fully equipped painting workshop - but the room does contain most of the items that one needs.
Well-equipped with hand tools, electrical and pneumatic power tools, and a small stock of materials.