What is Róðarí about?
Three sisters and a brother in their fifties and sixties with their mother in her nineties are the characters of the play. Their lives have been fairly separate and each of them feels they have found their own place in life. The play is set in contemporary Reykjavik but the siblings were born and brought up on a farm in the eastern part of Iceland. When the oldest sister becomes seriously ill the younger ones need to meet up and face things. Their aged mother is involved and the question is who is to do what. Or can they work together when they really have not been in touch for decades?
How did Hrund come about the idea?
„ In 2005 my play Frelsi (Freedom) was being rehearsed at the National Theatre. A few years earlier I had taken part in a writer’s workshop at the National Theatre and got acquainted with actresses who worked there but were not often seen on stage, at least that applied to some of them. An idea of a play had been brewing inside me for some time, about what happens in a rather broken family if one member suddenly gets seriously ill. There, in the National, amongst some of the most experienced and most celebrated actresses of Iceland, the idea came clear to me: An interesting subject for middle aged actresses and for the audience that keep theatres going, more than any other agegroup.”
Women and the theatre
It has long been recognized that middle aged actors get fewer roles on the stage than the younger generations but this is especially true for the actresses. However, it is not as known that according to research on who keeps up the theatre, concerts and other cultural events in Western cities, the women over forty are the winners: 80%! The women go to the theatre and bring along their spouses, friends and family.
Rehearsals and preparation
In 2012 Hrund finally started writing the play, getting a group of actors and artist, making financial plans and applying for grants and support as well as looking for a suitable theatre. She got governmental grants and support for running Auðlind dramaworkshop but as the project is large and many people involved many are working for almost nothing but the pleasure. Now we are in Tjarnarbíó- center of performance arts- rehearsing, building a set and doing all that needs to be done for the premiere the coming September 16th your help to tie financial knots and help us so we can pay the group a little more salary. The pledges are rewarded with autographed programs and tickets up to having supper with the group and attend a rehersal.
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