“Chekov is fine and Bulgakov is fine,

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

Tyrfingur‘s work does ... “



Commercial of the Year


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, in Chicago, Teatr Dramatyczny in Warsaw, Rome and of course in Iceland.

         Tyrfingur Tyrfingsson was born in 1987 and grew up in the small town of Kópavogur, Iceland where all his plays take place. He studied at the Iceland University of the Arts, Janáček Academy in Brno, Czech Republic and Writing for performance at Goldsmiths, University of London. 

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 premiered at the Reykjavík City Theatre where Tyrfingur was made resident playwright. Bleus (Blue Eyes) was given a staged reading at the Avignon Festival in July 2018 during a forum dedicated to contemporary writings. 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 playwright. 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 October 2020 The Potato Eaters were performed at the Panorama Roma festival in Rome, Italy. And in November 2020 the Drama Theatre of Warsaw (Teatr Dramatyczny) streamed The Potato Eaters on their website. 
            De Nieuwe Toneelbibliotheek published Vincent van der Valk’s Dutch translation of The Potato Eaters, de Aardappeleters in April 2021.

Tyrfingur’s play Helgi Comes Apart premiered at The Reykjavík City theatre in January 2020 to rave reviews: “Chekov is fine and Bulgakov is fine, but they do not raise the audience‘s blood pressure. Tyrfingur‘s work does.“ Helgi Comes Apart was featured at the 2020 Nordic Spirit Festival in Chicago in February. A French translation of the play, Quand Helgi s'est tu, will be published by Maison d'Europe et d'Orient in Paris in November 2021. It is one the the selected plays by Bureau des Lecteurs de la Comédie-Française this year.
            The Dutch literary magazine Terras published a scene from Helgi Comes Apart in their spring 2021 edition.

Tyrfingur has received seven Gríma nominations and won the award twice including „Play of the Year“ for Helgi Comes Apart. ​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.

Tyrfingur’s plays have been translated to German, Polish, French, English, Italian and Dutch. 

Blue Eyes and Helgi Comes Apart were performed online by the ensemble of The Reykjavik City Theatre in April 2020. De Leesclub in Antwerpen performed de Aardappeleters in August 2020 on Zoom.

Tyrfingur‘s next play Seven Fairytales about Shame will premiere on the big stage of The National Theatre of Iceland in February 2022.

Tyrfingur's first film script, Villibráð, based on Perfect Strangers (Perfetti sconosciuti) is now being filmed, produced by ZikZak and directed by Elsa María Jakobsdóttir. 

Tyrfingur Tyrfingsson lives in Amsterdam.



February, 2022


The National Theatre of Iceland 

Director: Stefán Jónsson



29. mars 2021

Vincent van der Valk's translation of The Potato Eaters has just been published by de Nieuwe Toneelbibliotheek.


"Hij voert zijn personages op als gewelddadig, meedogenloos en machteloos, pelt hun onsympathieke buitenkanten zorgvuldig af en toont daarin onmiskenbaar een broze kern. Op die manier toont Tyrfingsson zich een buitengewoon interessant toneelschrijver als het gaat om het ontleden van psychologische kwetsuren. Hij is bikkelhard naar zijn personages, maar geeft ze altijd een reliëf van mededogen mee. Het einde is hoopvol, zij het tegen beter weten in: als zijn personages zich uiteindelijk verzoenen met hun eigen en elkaars onvermogen, gaat de wederzijdse behoefte aan genegenheid die achter al het verzet verscholen ligt, door merg en been.

Tyrfingsson levert hiermee een indrukwekkend stuk af, waarmee hij laat zien in hoeverre geweld en pijn per saldo terug te voeren zijn op liefde en onbeholpenheid."

Sander Janssens, theatre critic NRC



Helgi Comes Apart won "Play of the Year" at the Icelandic Theatre awards, Gríma, 16th of June 2020. 

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Helgi Comes Apart is a play about a couple of swindlers (a father and son) in the funeral business in the town of Kópavogur and how one day a Greek tragedy starts happening to them.

Director: Stefán Jónsson

The Reykjavík City Theatre


(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

What if you don't feel at home during piece times? You start another war. The war nurse and feminist Lisa is trying to cope during piece time, when she is given the opportunity to go to another war in her own home. The Potato Eaters is a dramedy about the selfishness of suffering, codependency and how trauma hitchhikes within the family.

Director: Ólafur Egill Egilsson

The Reykjavík City Theatre.

Photos: Grímur Bjarnason

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Kartoflarze/ The Potato Eaters

Teatr Dramatyczny, Warsaw Poland
Photo K. Bąba



17. APRIL 2016

The Client shows up at an almost bankrupt advertising agency and asks the desperate Owner and his staff to make the commercial of the year. But for the commercial to work someone needs to die in it. 

Director: Bergur Þór Ingólfsson

The Reykjavík City Theatre.

Photos: Grímur Bjarnason



14. FEBRUARY 2014

Blue Eyes is a tragicomedy about the love of patriarchy and cruelty, where three adult siblings escape into fairy tales, especially the one about Blue Eyes and the gypsies who kept him captive. 

Director: Vignir Rafn Valþórsson

The Reykjavík City Theatre

Photos: Íris Dögg Einars

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"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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                                    (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


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.