Who’s afraid of Sjón? Theatre evening with Moonstone

The Scandinavian House in Prague in cooperation with Studio Hrdinů put on the stage contemporary Icelandic author Sjón’s novel Moonstone as a part of the Nordic Theatre Evenings project. A moderated debate will follow after the performance – both leading actors, Jan Cina and Tereza Hof, and expert in Icelandic literature Marta Bartošková will attend the debate. Moderated by Helena Březinová.

“The story of the boy who never was” is a probe into the inner world of a lonely anti-hero, whose fate is determined by his sexual orientation and lack of family background. However, the main and all-pervading motif is the freedom and independence of the individual, who accepts his “otherness” – hinsegin in Icelandic – as natural, and is able to live as an autonomous human being, regardless of the evaluation and judgment of his environment. Reykjavík in 1918, the last year of the First World War. The Icelanders celebrate the victory of a century-long struggle for independence, but at the same time, an epidemic of Spanish flu breaks out and the volcano Katla erupts. However, the first movie theaters are also opening, where the boy Máni (Moon) finds refuge and discovers not only his passion for film, but also the girl Sóla (Sun), who strikingly resembles the unrestrained and mysterious Irma Vep, the heroine of the dark crime series Les Vampires

Show length: 1 hr 30 min (no intermission).

The debate will start right after the end of the show in the theatre hall (at around 21:45) and last about half an hour.

The entrance to the debate is a part of the ticket for the whole play.

Both the show and the debate will be in Czech, only.

More information about the performance and tickets can be found on the theatre’s website.

author: Sjón
translation: Helena Kadečková
dramatization: Kamila Polívková
director: Kamila Polívková
dramaturgy: Linda Dušková
scene: Antonín Šilar
costumes: Zuzana Formánková
music: Þóranna Dögg Björnsdóttir, Aid Kid
lighting design: Václav Hruška, Antonín Šilar
assistant director: Kristýna Tesařová
concept: Tereza Hof, Kamila Polívková
projection: Nanna MBS, Antonín Šilar
editing: Zuzana Walter
voiceover: Ian Willoughby
consultation: Ásta Kristín Benediktsdóttir
photo: Zuzana Lazarová
cast: Tereza Hof, Jan Cina, Þóranna Dögg Björnsdóttir, Aid Kid

Photo: Zuzana Lazarová, Studio Hrdinů
Photo: Zuzana Lazarová, Studio Hrdinů

Theatre Evenings or Who is afraid of…?

In cooperation with selected theatres introducing texts of Scandinavian authors, the Scandinavian House has launched a series of Nordic Theatre Evenings. We would like the audience to get a deeper insight into the Scandinavian drama, that might not be as popular as the Nordic crime fiction, but can become similarly addictive. Do not be afraid to start tracking the Nordic theatre in the Czech Republic! Unusual horizons and views of the Nordic landscape guaranteed. No need for skis.

The events are organised as commented theatre performances and consist of e. g. a lecturer’s introduction before the performance or a discussion of a various kind, for example sharing of impressions of the play. The introduction provides information about the author, the performed text and a broader context of the piece, or can even familiarise the audience with the performing tradition of more famous, repeatedly staged dramatic texts. After the performance, there is an opportunity to discuss it together. The Theatre Evenings take place in different Prague and Brno theatres 2-4 times a year, depending on the current programmes.

The events are organized with the financial support of statutory town Brno, Prague City Hall and the Ministry of Culture in the Czech Republic.