The Icelandic Sagas are fantastic medieval stories of heros, vikings, love and murder. Gísla Saga is one of the most famous ones. It was even filmed in the 80s, during the so called Icelandic Cinema Spring, when Icelandic filmmaking was coming into its own.
In 2005, an industrious and very talented actor created a one man show based on the saga, and has been performing it ever since. He now has an English version, and if you happen to be traveling to Iceland you should most definitely check him out. It’s a lighthearted and fun version of a very bloody and epic saga. Perfect for the entire family, and a good way to get to know one of the best known Icelandic Sagas.
Here is a bit from the official press release:
The play Gísli Súrsson is based on the great Icelandic saga, The Saga of Gísli Súrsson, which is one of the most famous and popular of all the sagas. Gísli Súrsson was a great Icelandic Viking that came from Norway at a young age and moved to Haukadalur in the Westfjords of Iceland. Everything is peaceful there to begin with, but that peace will not last. As the story unfolds that peace is shattered and a time of great unrest follows.
Gísli Súrsson first premiered in 2005 and has been performed over 350 times in Iceland and all across Europe, including performances in Albania, Germany, Luxemburg and Norway. The play has won awards at two international theatre festivals.