Sigurbjörg Þrastardóttir: Inspiration and Influences

On writing: Decent People

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Decent People by Sigurbjörg Þrastardóttir

The town of Mosfellsbær, near Iceland’s capital Reykjavik,  as if frozen in time: a house known as ‘Gljufrasteinn’.

The home once inhabited by pioneer of Icelandic left-wing nationalism, Halldor Laxness.


[image: exterior of the Gljufrasteinn-Laxness Museum]

This place has inspired a new mini-play by Icelandic author  Sigurbjörg Þrastardóttir, a play that asks us (amongst other questions), ‘who built this house and who does it belong to?’

The play revolves around a carpenter and an apprentice who are working on a broken window in the poet’s house. It has been translated by Jane Appleton and adaptated for performance by GoodDog Theatre Company.

Get tickets for performance on September 19th.