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  • Name:

    The World´s smallest Giant

  • Created by:

    Sögusvuntan/The Pocket Theatre

  • Icelandic title:

    Minnsta tröll í heimi

  • Director:

    Helga Arnalds

  • Set design:

    No set

  • Costume design:

    Hallveig Thorlacius

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


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


  • Audience (suitable for?):

    3-8 years

  • Use of text:


  • Language of text:

    Icelandic, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, French og Russian

  • Length:

    40 minutes

  • Excerpts from reviews:

    “I was watching closely for the reaction from the children, and it was immediate. This woman has a real gift for story telling. She captured her audience immediately and held their attention throughout. Children as well as adults were drawn into her storytelling spell...” David Gislason, Canada.

    “I have the feeling that this ancient Icelandic tale has been waiting for this day, when Hallveig – one of Iceland´s greatest story tellers and puppeteers – has made use of it to create this most charming and juicy masterpiece for puppets.” Svetlana Makarovic, Slovenia.

    “Watching Hallveig perform, one becomes convinced that she believes her puppets are REAL, and so one cannot help but believe too! Her stories were delightful and captivating. A joyful presentation!” Janet Rimbaudo, USA.

    “That is how a story should be told! (Saa skall man beretta en saga!)” (Headline in Jakobsstadstidning, Finland)

    … If there is an actor's individuality if there is an actor - person then all is transferred through the puppet. ….And we could feel it in everything: in how she communicated with the audience as she loves the audience as she respects and feels the audience, first of all. …she loves and feels a puppet she is holding in her hands, even then, when this puppet practically is not seen. It is invisible, and we see it, because of great imagination…. I have seen many theatres in my life from many countries and actors with such unique individuality are very rare. It is a huge inner world which is felt in all: and in the attitude to the audience and in the relation with the puppet. Also it is a profession!

    Olga Glazunova, head of Puppet theatre department at Theatre Union of Russia – Round table discussions in Petrozavodsk.

  • (Awards, other accomplishments etc.):

    Can be played almost everywhere. Preferably in darkness.

  • Is the production available for tour?:


  • Has the production toured?:


  • Info on recent tours:

    St. Petersburg and Petrozavodsk in Russia, Abakan and Novosibrisk in Siberia, several times to Finland and Sweeden. In year 2000 the perfomance toured the United States and Canada to celebrate the 1000 years birthday of Snorri Þorfinnson and was performed 130 times in one year.

  • Number off people on tour:


  • Number of performers on stage:


  • Stage/venue requirements:


  • Technical requirements:

    One table and lights (if indoors)

  • Outdoor?, unusal setting (club, venue):

    Can be played outdoors

  • Founded year? By? Members? Contact?:

    Sögusvuntan/The Pocket theatre was founded in 1985 by Hallveig Thorlacius as her solo performing theatre. Hallveig Thorlacius Kleifarvegi 6, 104 Reykjavík, Iceland hallveig@xx.is

          • What is it?: This is a simple story with a few puppets in a basket and no set at all. When Hallveig comes flying in from Iceland on her old umbrella with her story apron neatly packed in a basket she is taken by big surprise because all the stories have fallen out of the pockets of her apron. What to do now? By chance she discovers an invisible troll girl hiding in one of the pockets of her apron. The most scary character in Icelandic folktales is Grýla. She feeds exclusively on naughty children but lately all the children have become so good that she is starving to death. Now she too has fallen out of the pocket where she is supposed to be, and that is when the trouble starts….