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Tyrfingur Tyrfingsson


Tyrfingur Tyrfingsson (IJsland, 1987) is een toneelschrijver uit IJsland die sinds kort in Amsterdam woont en werkt. In 2021 speelt toneelgroep Oostpool zijn De Aardappeleters in een vertaling van Vincent van der Valk. Tyrfingur’s stukken zijn vertaald in het Engels, Frans, Duits, Nederlands, Italiaans en Pools. Zijn werk werd o.a. opgevoerd in Avignon, Parijs, Chicago, Warschau en Rome.


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 January 2020 his play Helgi Comes Apart was a part of the 2020 Nordic Spirit Festival in Chicago. In October the Teatr Dramatyczny in Warsaw will perform a reading of Tyrfingur’s The Potato Eaters which will also be a part of the final event of Fabulamundi in Rome. Toneelgroep Oostpool has bought the rights to that same play in The Netherlands. Tyrfingur’s plays have been translated into Dutch, Italian, French, Polish, German and English.
?    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, Goldsmiths University of London and Janá?ek Academy of Music and Performing Arts.

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.

Tyrfingur has received seven Gríma nominations and won the award once and is now up for the 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.

Blue Eyes (Bleus) 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 September The Potato Eaters will be read at the final event of the Fabulamundi project. And in October 2020 the Drama Theatre of Warsaw (Teatr Dramatyczny) in Warsaw will perform a reading of The Potato Eaters as well.

His play Helgi Comes Apart premiered at The Reykjavík City theatre on the 17th of January 2020 to raving 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.

Blue Eyes and Helgi Comes Apart were performed online by the ensamble of The Reykjavik City Theatre in April 2020.

Tyrfingur‘s next play Seven Fairytales about Shame will premiere on the big stage of The National Theatre of Iceland in April 2021.

Tyrfingur Tyrfingsson lives in Amsterdam.



Seven Fairytales about Shame  – 2020
Helgi Comes Apart – 2020
The Potato Eaters – 2017
Blue Eyes – 2014
Grande – 2013


nr Vertaler titel personages boekjes jaar taal status
6 Helgi Comes Apart 3v-2m 2019 EN downloaden
5 Les mangeurs de pommes de terre 5 2017 FR downloaden
4 The potatoe eaters 3v-2m 2017 EN downloaden
3 The Commercial of the Year 6 2016 EN downloaden
2 Blue Eyes 3 2014 EN downloaden
1 Blues 3 2014 FR downloaden