The fifth annual International Theatre Festival Lókal starts in Reykjavík today and lasts until Sunday, August 26. In the course of the festival, a selection of international and Icelandic artists will perform theater pieces on various stages around the capital.
What they are instead of by Schubot & Gradinger.
This time, the festival focuses on the performing art scenes of Berlin, Dublin and Reykjavík with eight different performances held during the five days of the festival.
The pieces are of various kinds, including a physical performance by an acting duo from Berlin, Schubot & Gradinger, and Alice, a pseudo-documentary piece about an old lesbian couple by the award-winning playwright and director Amy Conroy from Dublin.
The harrowing play The Blue Boy, performed by The Brokentalkers, a group of young Irish theatermakers, deals with the topic of child labor and abuse in Irish Catholic institutions and industrial schools.
New Icelandic work will also be presented. Variations on Closer by choreographer Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir and a solo-piece by actress Álfrún Örnólfsdóttir, entitled The Chameleon, will premiere at the festival.
Also, the experimental theatre of Mind Group will stage Map of the World and Kviss Búmm Bang a piece on prostitution called Downtown 24/7.
Icelandic theatermaker Friðgeir Einarsson even invites the audience to his apartment to watch his performance, The Block.
In addition to the different plays, a panel discussion about the co-existence and conflict between theatre and reality will take place on Sunday in Tjarnarbíó, free of charge.
Most performances will be in English. For further information about the program, locations and tickets, go to the festival’s website.
Reservations can be made by email ([email protected]) or phone (+ 354 898-3412).
Festival passes valid for six shows are also available. They can be purchased at the box office in Kex Hostel, Skúlagata 28, 101 Reykjavík.