Verden sa ja

Verden sa ja (The World Said Yes) is a fascinating show for the little ones about the development of the world, from creation to the present day.

Performance for children from 3 years
Part of Barnas verdensdag i Fredrikstad
2 performances, free access
Duration: 20 min

The World Said Yes is an original and colorful creation story. It begins in empty, dark space. Then comes light, time, the sea – and “once we were all fish”.

The show provides a grand overview of our planet’s development. It is full of fun details and surprises, but also has a melancholy undertone. Here we get the history of the world told in simple images, from the beginning of time to the ecological crisis of our time. And what happens next – we are never “finished”, there is always something more we can develop or wish for.

Welcome to a visual, colorful and interesting story for both children and adults!

The theatre production had its Norwegian premiere on 28 January 2023 at Lillestrøm Kultursenter and was performed last year in Viken through Teater i barnehagen (theatre in the kindergarden).

The playwright

Kaia Dahle Nyhus (b. 1990) was born in Tønsberg and lives in Oslo. She is an illustrator, author and picture book creator. She has published 10 picture books of her own and has received several awards, including the Critics’ Prize for “Verden sa ja”, NBU’s debutant prize and the Ministry of Culture’s picture book prize for the illustrations in “Håpe sa Gåsa” and for her writing. Her latest picture book is “Gullkatt”, which was published in the fall of 2022.


“This year’s winner is reminiscent of music, in fact of one of the most famous works in music history. It’s the first time I’ve heard an entire work inside while reading a book, and it’s the first time the music is right – in the rhythm of the images, in the rhythm of the text, in the use of color. This is of course just a reference, but it is also a quality. It says something about the winner’s solid composition in terms of language, colors, tone, alternations and the various rhythms a literary work contains at any given time”

Karen Frøsland Nystøyl in the jury’s statement about “Verdens da ja” winning the Critics’ Prize for best book for children and young people in 2018

“A fantastic opportunity for young children to learn about how the Earth was made.”



By Kaia Dahle Nyhus
Director Janne Langaas
Actress Marit Synnøve Berg
Idea and visual consept Kristin Bengtson
Figuredesign Anna Granberg
Sound desgin Rikard Strømsodd
Technician Eskild Backer Borgan
Dramaturg Hilda Levin
Producer Carolinn Helgerud
Produced by Unge Viken Teater og Barske Glæder Produksjoner
Supported by Spenn og Teater Innlandet