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  • Name:

    A Reply to Helga's Letter

  • Created by:

    Ólafur Egill Egilsson adapted from the novel by Bergsveinn Birgisson

  • Icelandic title:

    Svar við bréfi Helgu

  • Director:

    Kristín Eysteinsdóttir

  • Set design:

    Snorri Freyr Hilmarsson

  • Costume design:

    Snorri Freyr Hilmarsson

  • Music:

    Frank Hall

  • Lighting design:

    Björn Bergsteinn Guðmundsson

  • Performers: Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson, Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir, Sigrún Edda Björnsdóttir, Gunnar Hansson, Ellert A. Ingimundarson
  • Producer:

    Reykjavík City Theatre

  • When and where premièred?:

    21st April 2012

  • Webpage: www.borgarleikhus.is
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  • Audience (suitable for?):

    All auidences

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  • Length:

    2 Hours

  • Excerpts from reviews:

    "one can surely recommend this production" Morgunblaðið

    "An ingenious adaptaion ... the actors were superb" finnur.is

    "Very Icelandic play ... a great performance for everyone" RÚV

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        • What is it?: Bjarni has long held onto a letter from former lover Helga, with whom he shared an illicit, impassioned love and whom invited him to leave his wife and his farm and follow her to the city. Years later, as he reflects on a long and simple life shepherding in the Icelandic hillsides, he finally finds himself ready to explain why. With retrospective clarity and poetic affection, Bjarni pens his Reply to a Letter from Helga, weaving a life of longing for Helga’s sensual presence and the visceral pleasures of daily exposure to the elements. He has knowingly avoided the glamorous choices of modern living and taken comfort in the measured cadence of nature’s cycles—and thus he reduces the human condition to a series of mating seasons, passed on the land toiled by his forefathers.