With a mischievous lecture performance, the Icelandic Kriðpleir Theatre Group reveals astonishing insights into the control mechanisms of the human brain.
Talk following the performance on Sat 17/10
Imagine strolling around with no particular goal. You suddenly find yourself in a shopping centre. Was that really your intention? And then there you are at the checkout with a piece of cake. And you weren’t even thinking of sweets. It’s all Tiny Guy’s fault. While you are still lost in thought, he has already forced you to pull out your credit card and pay. Who is he?
With a humorous lecture performance oscillating between anarchy, sitcom and Samuel Beckett, the versatile Icelandic theatre-maker Friðgeir Einarsson and his fellow performers set out to unearth the drive of human action. For Tiny Guy is our true master and a synonym for the extremely complex system controlling the brain and the unconscious. Now it’s time to reveal the truth about him. Following in-depth research into the human brain, Einarsson has arrived at the conclusion that humanity is only being battered by global warming and wars because they have nothing to resist Tiny Guy with. Einarsson and his Kriðpleir Theatre Group founded in 2012 have staged three productions so far and now set out to educate people at steirischer herbst as to how our brain really works and how we can regain control over our thoughts and wishes.
Concept Friðgeir Einarsson
With Friðgeir Einarsson, Ragnar Ísleifur Bragason & Árni Vilhjálmsson
Text Friðgeir Einarsson & Bjarni Jónsson
Dramaturgy Bjarni Jónsson
Produced by LÓKAL - International Theatre Festival Reykjavík & Kriðpleir Theatre Group
Head of production management Dominik Jutz
Production management Theresa Adamski
Technical management Karl Masten
Technical management Grazer Spielstätten Kurt Schulz
Friðgeir Einarsson / Kriðpleir Theatre Group (IS)
Friðgeir Einarsson was born in 1981, and lives and works as an author, director and performance artist in Reykjavik. He studied theatre and Icelandic literature before presenting his debut “IKEA Travel” as both author and actor in cooperation with the theatre group 16 Lovers in 2008. Since then Einarsson has collaborated in various roles in over 15 productions and in 2012 co-founded the Kriðpleir Theatre Group with Ragnar Bragason (author), Árni Vilhjálmsson (musician; including FM Belfast) and Bjarni Jónsson (dramatic advisor). Today the Kriðpleir Theatre Grouphas six members. In the same year the collective put on their first performance, “Block”, in Einarsson’s own flat. Like this debut piece, two further works created by the group, “Belated Inquiry” (2014) and “Tiny Guy”, move between theatre, performance and cabaret, constantly seeking interaction with the audience.