Bastard, with an all Icelandic cast and a revised adaptation will open at the Reykjavik city Theatre on the 27th of October. Due to the size of the set, the production will have limited run, seating 800 audience members at each performance. The last performance will take place on November the 18th.
Directed by Gisli Örn Gardarsson who has co-written the play with Richard LaGravenese, an established American screenwriter, who’s films include The Bridges of Madison County, The Fisher King and Ps I love you.
Bastard tells the story of a broken dysfunctional family; the father, his children and their spouses. After many years apart the siblings arrive at his Island, having received the news that their father has died.
When they realize they have been fooled, and actually invited to attend his wedding with the bride being the former lover of the eldest brother, the demons of the past are brought back to life. It’s a story of love and hate where the children try to find their place in this world.
Bastard is a family drama filled with comical nuances in a spectacular setting.
Directed by Gisli Orn Gardarsson
Written by Richard LaGravenese and Gisli Orn Gardarsson
Set design Borkur Jonsson
Costumes Maria Gyllenhoff
Light design Carina Persson
Light adaptation in RCT Thorður Orri Petursson
Music Cæcille Norby, Lars Danielsson
Sound design Gunnar Sigurbjornsson
Make up design Ardis Bjarnthorsdottir
Producer Dyri Jonsson
Cast: Johann Sigurdarson, Nina Dogg Filippusdottir, Stefan Hallur Stefansson, Hilmir Snær Gudnason, Elva Osk Olafsdottir, Vikingur Kristjansson, Thorunn Erna Clausen, Johannes Niels Sigurdsson, Sigurdur Thor Oskarsson.
Bastard is a co-operation between Vesturport, Reykjavik City Theatre, Malmö Statsteater and Teater Far302.
Reviews from the Scandinavian press:
“Dropping my jaw over the actor’s acrobatics” Kvallsposten, Sweden.
“Fanny and Alexander on steroids” Kulturbloggen, Sweden.
“Lovely blend of stark realism, farce and dreamlike sequences…..all surrounded by dense foliage – A fantastic offer for the garden of Eden” Jyllandsposten, Denmark
“Cool, Spectacular show with fantastic set design” SR Malmö, Sweden.
“Bitter drama becomes beautiful art” Kristianstadbladet, Sweden.