Tyrfingur Tyrfingsson's award winning plays have been featured at Festival d'Avignon, La Mousson d'été and during Island, terre de théâtre at Théâtre 13 in Paris. Tyrfingur's newest play Helgi Comes Apart will open at the Reykjavík City Theatre in January 2020 and that same year a translation of his play The Potato Eaters will premiere at Toneelgroep Oostpool in The Netherlands. His plays have been translated into Dutch, French, 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. He finished a BA in performance making at The Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2011. He was an exchange student at Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in The Czech Republic and then went on to study Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Tyrfingur Tyrfingsson's first play Grande was his graduation piece from the Art Academy, 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. There he wrote performance art piece The Commercial of the Year.
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). His plays have been published in books and translated into English, French, Dutch and German. He has written for Glamour Magazine Iceland and taught at both The Iceland Academy of the Arts and the University of Iceland.
His latest play The Potato Eaters received five star reviews, critic Jakob S. Jónsson naming Tyrfingur as one of Iceland's preeminent playwrights. The Potato Eaters is set to be premiered in The Netherlands with Marcus Azzini directing his theatre group Toneelgroep Oostpool.
Blue Eyes was given a staged reading at the Avignon festival in July 2018 during a European forum dedicated to contemporary writings organised by the Avignon Festival, the Strasbourg National Theatre, The Nanterre University and de Maison Antoine Vitez.
The Potato Eaters was featured at Théâtre 13 in Paris during the festival on contemporary Icelandic playwriting called Island, terre de théâtre in April 2019.
Blue Eyes (Bleus) was performed at La Mousson d'été in France in August 2019.
His play Helgi Comes Apart will premier at The Reykjavík City theatre in 15th of January 2020.
Tyrfingur Tyrfingsson lives in Amsterdam with his lover F.C.P Marques da Cunha.
Helgi Comes Apart
Tyrfingur's newest play will be premiered at The Reykjavík City Theatre in January 2020.
Reviews for Bláskjár
"Wriggling with creativity…"
Þorgerður E. Sigurðardóttir
Icelandic National Radio - RUV
"Here Tyrfingur proves what theatre enthusiasts strongly suspected: He is a inventive and imaginative playwright who knows how to use theatre and all its tricks to a very high degree."
Cultural editor at 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
"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
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Maison Antoine Vitez:
THE POTATO EATERS
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 advice.