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  • Name:

    Tell me the Truth

  • Created by:

    Havar Sigurjonsson

  • Icelandic title:

    Segðu mér satt

  • Director:

    Heidar Sumarlidason

  • Set design:

    Kristina R. Berman

  • Costume design:

    Kristina R. Berman

  • Music:

    Svavar Knutur

  • Lighting design:

    Magnus Sigurdarson

  • Choreographer:

    Bjartmar Thordarson

  • Performers: Ragnheidur Steindorsdottir, Arni Petur Gudjonsson, Sveinn Olafur Gunnarsson.
  • Producer:

    Great Auk Theatre Company and National Theatre of Iceland

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  • Webpage: www.geirfugl.net
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  • Length:

    90 minutes

  • Excerpts from reviews:

    An entertaining play that works on the edges of fiction and reality. A mash up of styles and stories that is brought to life by competent actors in each role and a well crafted frame that leads the viewer through the turmoil of the theatre.
    - Director, Sumarlidason, and dramaturg, Bjartmar Thordarson, execute the family´s search for identity and role by utilizing a variety of styles. From the decorated style of baroque, to an unsettling deconstruction in the style of the theatre of cruelty, along with pit stops in the Greek tragedy and the Icelandic sagas. So there is plenty here for those that enjoy deciphering codes and references. Solveig Asta Sigurdardottir, Frettatiminn.

    Director, Heidar Sumarlidason, is daring in his approach to the style of acting, which is both annoying and fascinating.
    -Arni Petur Gudjonsson tickles the funny bone in his interpretation of the shamefaced Karl. One was reminded of Bette Davis as Baby Jane, as Ragnheidur became absurdly insane in the closing moments. Elisabet Brekkan, Frettabladid

    It is a pleasure when theatre makers risk going to edge in a new Icelandic play. Many entertaining and very funny elements, unexpected compositions and happenings.
    -Ragnheidur Steindorsdottir shows a great deal of power as the mother and the actress. Sveinn Olafur Gunnarsson is convincing and funny as the needy, spoiled and very sensitive handicapped son. Sigurdur Valgeirsson, Morgunbladid.

    All the actors are excellent in their excessive acting style. It´s actually quite incredible how amazing they are playing this style. It´s not very often that directors and professional theatre groups have the guts to go all the way in this acting style for an entire play. Kudos to them for the courage they show by swimming against the current.
    -Tell me the Truth poignantly tackles the need to be loved. Where everyone battles and everyone loses.
    -Those that see the production can expect to be influenced, resulting in much pondering. Exactly what this entails for each individual is impossible to guess, as this is a piece of theatre that can be felt and interpreted in many ways. But what is safe to say is that finding out is well worth it. Astbjorg Rut Jonsdottir, Vidsja, Ras 1.

    A theatre piece that both offers a great spectacle and competent performances.
    -Sveinn Olafur is exquisite as the son and shows new sides to his acting range.
    -Arni Petur is very comical and it´s a pleasure to see him blossom in his role.
    -Ragnheidur is a joy to watch in her role and shows her many shades as an actress. Her role demands great technique and energy. Her character experiences a scale of human emotions. Ragnheidur delivers in an excellent manner. Isak Hinriksson, Reykvelin.

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  • Stage/venue requirements:

    Stage is 7x7 meters in diameter. Can both be staged on a smaller and larger stage.

  • Technical requirements:

    On request.

  • Founded year? By? Members? Contact?:

    2012. Heidar Sumarlidason. heidarsumar@gmail.com

        • What is it?: A play about two retired actors stuck inside a theatre dressing room, along with their 35 year old handicapped son. They continually perform scenes from old plays. When reality starts to interfere their existence starts to come apart, as lives are put on the line in a competition for dominance.