“Chekov is fine and Bulgakov is fine,

but they do not raise the audience‘s blood pressure.

Tyrfingur‘s work does ... “





Tyrfingur Tyrfingsson's award winning plays have been featured at Festival d'Avignon, La Mousson d'été the Nordic Spirit Festival in Chicago and more. In October the Teatr Dramatyczny in Warsaw will perform a reading of Tyrfingur’s The Potato Eaters which will also be a part of the final event of Fabulamundi in Rome. Tyrfingur’s plays have been translated into Dutch, Italian, French, Polish, German and English. ​Tyrfingur Tyrfingsson was born in 1987 and grew up in the small town of Kópavogur, Iceland where all his plays take place.

Tyrfingur's first play Grande was his graduation piece from the Art Academy and earned him recognition in Reykjavík and a nomination to Gríman, the Icelandic Theatre Award. Two years later Blue Eyes (Bláskjár) premiered at the Reykjavík City Theatre where Tyrfingur was made resident playwright.

Tyrfingur has received six Gríma nominations and won the award once. ​In the fall of 2018 The Potato Eaters were nominated for the Cultural Awards (Menningarverðlaun DV). He has  taught at both The Iceland Academy of the Arts and the University of Iceland.

Blue Eyes (Bleus) was given a staged reading at the Avignon festival in July 2018 during a forum dedicated to contemporary writings. Blue Eyes (Bleus) was also performed at La Mousson d'été in France in August 2019.

The Potato Eaters received five star reviews, with critic Jakob S. Jónsson naming Tyrfingur as Iceland's preeminent playwrights. The Potato Eaters is set to open in The Netherlands with Marcus Azzini directing his theatre group Toneelgroep Oostpool. The Potato Eaters were featured at Théâtre 13 in Paris during the festival on contemporary Icelandic playwriting called Island, terre de théâtre in April 2019. In September The Potato Eaters will be read at the final event of the Fabulamundi project. And in October 2020 the Drama Theatre of Warsaw (Teatr Dramatyczny) in Warsaw will perform a reading of The Potato Eaters as well.

His play Helgi Comes Apart premiered at The Reykjavík City theatre on the 17th of January 2020 to raving reviews: “It is bold, haunting and very well written”. Helgi Comes Apart was featured at the 2020 Nordic Spirit Festival in Chicago in February.

Bláskjár (Blue Eyes) was performed online on the 19th of March 2020 via the website of The Reykjavik City Theatre and visir.is

Tyrfingur Tyrfingsson lives in Amsterdam with his lover F.C.P Marques da Cunha.



Tyrfingur's newest play, Helgi Comes Apart

Director: Stefán Jónsson


(S.B.H. Morgunblaðið) 

"It is bold, haunting and well written  … once again Tyrfingur Tyrfingsson came and conquered.”

(J.S.J. Kjarninn) 



21. September 2017

Director: Ólafur Egill Egilsson

The Reykjavík City Theatre.

Photos: Grímur Bjarnason







"The family drama The Potato Eaters opened last September and is proving to be both a critical hit and his most popular to date. In the play he returns to the family fold exploring the devastating consequences of love. 

Tyrfingur’s plays deal with people on the fringes of society, gender politics and queerness of all kinds. Thematically, however, they speak to much larger societal ills yet they are somehow hopeful for the future. His writing style is sharp-witted, lyrical and tightly constructed." 

Review of the Potato Eaters

Sigríður Jónsdóttir, theatre critic at Fréttablaðið and contributing writer at The Theatre Times



17. APRIL 2016

Director: Bergur Þór Ingólfsson
The Reykjavík City Theatre.
Photos: Grímur Bjarnason



                                    (M.G., Fréttablaðið)

"In Commercial of the Year the emphasis is not on story or a message and consequently not a storyline or development or characters that are copies of real people and the goal is not to write a play in the traditional meaning of the term. On the contrary. The goal is to construct a performance, a unified experience between actors and audience, where each and every one searches for a personal truth regarding the artistic references of the show. In this particular instance it is the consumer society and its ideology, i.e. the power of commercial persuasion.

Tyrfingur Tyrfingsson shows his power with a text that is both deeply thought out and cruel, intense, full of love or desire but also anger and misanthropy. This work has all of this and more."

From a review of Commercial of the Year

Dagný Kristjánsdóttir, professor of contemporary literature at The University of Iceland, hugras.is

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14. FEBRUARY 2014

Director: Vignir Rafn Valþórsson
The Reykjavík City Theatre
Photos: Íris Dögg Einars


Reviews for Bláskjár

"Wriggling with creativity…" 

Þorgerður E. Sigurðardóttir

Icelandic National Radio - RUV


"Here Tyrfingur proves what theatre enthusiasts strongly suspected: He is an inventive

and imaginative playwright who knows how to use theatre and all its tricks to a very high degree."

Friðrika Benónýsdóttir,

Cultural editor at Fréttablaðið



Tyrfingur Tyrfingsson talks to David Rofé-Sarfati from Tout la Culture



Opening Lines

Lísa               Why aren’t you wearing the shoes I gave you?

Brúna            They’re too small. Why is your voice so hoarse?

Lísa               Because no one talks to me. Do you know how much they cost?

Brúna            It doesn’t matter, they’re too small.

Lísa               64,000 króna

Brúna            They’re still too small.

Lísa               I doubt such shoes are beautiful in very large numbers. Won´t your feet keep growing and growing without shoes to hold them in?

Brúna            My feet haven’t gotten any bigger since puberty. But you were long gone before that happened.


Lísa               Are you at work right now? Or do you put on a fleece sweater without getting paid for it?

Brúna            I’m on second shift.

Lísa               Those shoes…

Brúna            Mom, what are you going on about?

Lísa               No, it’s just… Your shoes...

Brúna            I didn’t come to Kópavogur for fashion tips!

Lísa               You're the only one who doesn't want my advice. 


©2018 by Tyrfingsson.