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  • Name:

    Egil Saga

  • Created by:

    The Pocket Theatre/Sögusvuntan

  • Icelandic title:

    Egla í nýjum spegli

  • Director:

    Þórhallur Sigurðsson

  • Set design:

    Helga Arnalds who also made the puppets

  • Costume design:

    Hallveig Thorlacius

  • Music:

    From here and there

  • Lighting design:

    Sigurður Kaiser

  • Performers: Hallveig Thorlacius
  • When and where premièred?:

    National Theatre 2005

  • Webpage: www.xx.is/sogusvuntan
  • Artform:


  • Audience (suitable for?):

    6 - 106

  • Language of text:

    Icelandic (also available in swedish and english)

  • Length:

    50 minutes

  • Excerpts from reviews:

    “What could be more effective than telling the Saga directly with the aid of puppets? Sögusvuntan is very successful in doing so. Clowning is a difficult art-form and not everyone is capable of performing as a clown. Hallveig manages to create a credible, innocent girl-woman who tells the story in her own way. She is lively, happy and funny as she plays with the puppets, tells the story, makes her own conclusions and chats witht the audience. The puppets are original, real, alive and varied. The Saga becomes alive when shown in this new mirror – with the eyes of the clown and the puppets.” Morgunblaðið.

    “The Saga of Egil Skallagrímsson in the mirror of the puppet theatre is a brilliant way to arouse interest in the “national heritage” hidden in the Sögusvunta´s old and worn suitcase. The clown comes to the stage, playful and gentle, and tells us the saga in an effortless way. The theatre will play in schools all over the country and one becomes a little bit jealous: Why did I not get the opportunity when I went to school to peep into the world of the Sagas in this way? This is a beutiful and meticulous performance where the puppets and Hallveig herself use their abilities to the full and the story of Egill, the poet and viking, comes fully alive before your eyes.” Fréttablaðið.

  • Is the production available for tour?:


  • Has the production toured?:


  • Info on recent tours:

    Sweden (Uppsala, Jönköping, Göteborg and Korpilompolo ) Finland (Rovaniemi, Oulu, Barents Festival)

  • Number off people on tour:


  • Number of performers on stage:


  • Stage/venue requirements:

    Darkness Size of stage min. 6 m x 4m

  • Technical requirements:

    Lights and light control Sound equipment

  • Founded year? By? Members? Contact?:

    Sögusvuntan (The Pocket Theatre) founded in 1985 by Hallveig Thorlacius. Her solo theatre Hallveig Thorlacius, Kleifarvegi 6, 104 Reykjavík, Iceland hallveig@xx.is

          • What is it?: This performance is the Saga of Egill Skallagrímsson in a nutshell – a mixture of puppet- clown- shadow- and storytelling-theatre for ages 6-106.This bloody and cruel saga is told by a clown with the help of a gallery of puppets. The clown is able to tell the story without judgement in her innocent way. The stage design is simple: two ladders and a curtain.