Stuffed

written by Gígja Sara Björnsson, translated by Brian FitzGibbon

A typical Icelandic home; a mother, a father, a teenage son, an adult daughter and her newborn baby. They are a very regular family, leading very regular lives, well mostly. Omar spends his day playing video games, Daisy as a lawyer, Henrietta manages the house and Buck, well Buck just brought home a very peculiar gift, a stuffed cat. As the play unfolds, we peek into the emotional turmoil that lives in each character, but we also begin to see the very strange effect the new gift has on the family. The cat brings out the animal in each family member: Henrietta the mother hen, Daisy the milking cow, Omar the depressed messy pig. Only Buck remains the sole survivor of this mystical feline inspired transformation. ‘Stuffed’ explores the animal within our most human traits, what it means to be a “happy family”, and if we truly are what we eat.

audio performed by Elizabeth Hill, Peter Singh, Harriet Leitch, Ben Norris and Maria Laumark

Gígja Sara Björnsson – Playwright

 

Gígja is a French-Icelandic playwright who has lived and breathed the fresh Icelandic air and all of its quirks, for a decade. She trained as a Theatre and Performance maker from the Academy of the Arts in Iceland, which ultimately sparked her interest in playwriting.

Her play, "Stuffed" will be her first produced and translated play. Gígja's writing is characterised by a fondness for the social fabric of Icelandic culture and the absurdity in the mundane.

”Being translated into English means the world to me, just the feeling of somehow, if even just a little bit, taking part in the extraordinary English speaking playwriting world! This also means that my ideas and thoughts will be accessible to a far more diverse and larger audience which not only feels humbling but also absolutely thrilling.” 

Brian FitzGibbon – Translator

 

Dublin-born Brian FitzGibbon graduated in Drama at UKC in 1985. He has translated a vast array of film scripts, stage plays and novels from Italian, French and Icelandic. His translation of “Butterflies in November” by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir was listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2014 and his translation of the Icelandic cult novel "101 Reykjavik" by Hallgrimur Helgason (Faber & Faber) was hailed by the Guardian as "dazzling". 

Brian’s own play, "The Papar", was staged by the Abbey Theatrein Dublin in 1997, and his play, "Another Man", was a finalist at the Playwrights Slam at the 2005 Chichester Theatre Festival in the UK.

 

“Emerging voices need to be heard across cultural boundaries now more than ever and, as a translator, it’s a privilege to be able to provide that bridge.”

READING

CAST & CREATIVES

Roberta Zuric - Director

 

Roberta is a freelance theatre director and facilitator.

 

Directing credits include: The Burning (Pleasance, Edinburgh Fest 2019), The Wave (Almeida Young Company), All Quiet on the Western Front (Pleasance and SoHo Playhouse, NYC), Zero for the Young Dudes! (Orange Tree Theatre/Albany/National Theatre).

 

As facilitator and educator, Roberta has devised and led projects/workshops for numerous theatres including Donmar Warehouse, Almeida, Roundhouse and RSC.Roberta is an associate of Incognito Theatre Company, National Youth Theatre and The Mono Box.


Elizabeth Hill - Henrietta

 

Training: Northern Ballet School, Mountview

 

Theatre includes: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace), Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter), Filthy Business (Hampstead), The Suicide (National Theatre), Villette (Stephen Joseph, Frantic Assembly), Sleeping Beauty (Young Vic, Barbican and Broadway), A Christmas Carol (Stockholm), Cheryomushki, (Lyric, Hammersmith), The Last Women, Phil & Jill & Jill & Phil, They’re Playing Our Song (Coventry Belgrade, Worcester Swan) Second From Last In The Sackrace (Salisbury Playhouse), Masque of the Red Death (BAC, Late) Mamma Mia, Othello, Macbeth (International Tour) Great Expectations, As You Like It, (Peterborough) Dusty, Godspell, Honk (UK Tour)

 

Tv and Film includes: Line of Duty, The Trial of Christine Keeler, Eastenders, The Dumping Ground, Doctors (BBC), Breeders 2 (Sky), White House Farm (Raptor), Downton Abbey (Carnival), Coronation Street, Emmerdale ( ITV), Modern Life is Rubbish (Modern Life Pictures)

Peter Singh - Buck

 

Peter is a versatile actor who can be seen across comedy and drama in theatre, film and television.

He recently appeared in the regular role of DS Phillips in the rave-reviewed 6 part thriller THE CAPTURE on BBC One, and played the role of Tungay in Armando Iannucci's THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD, which garnered critical and commercial success.

He will soon be seen in Disney's CRUELLA.

 

TV credits include MOTHERLAND, DOCTOR WHO and CATASTROPHE. Further film credits include HAMPSTEAD, CHRISTOPHER ROBIN, BLUE IGUANA and THE FLOOD.


Harriet Leitch - Daisy

 

Harriet is an Actor and Puppeteer. While training at East 15 notable credits included; Masha in Chris Goode's Sisters directed by Jamie Wood and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth directed by Hugh Ross.

 


For Theatre: 
The Mousetrap (West End) as Miss Casewell, The Mousetrap (West End) as Mollie Ralson/Miss Casewell Understudy, Godfrey (The Biscuit Factory, The Vaults), M for Mary (Lilian Baylis Studio, Saddlers Wells), Private Lives (The Avenue, Ipswitch) Baby (Bread & Roses), The Moment Before an Explosion (Ovalhouse)


 

For Feature Film: 
Phantom Thread, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson (2017), Christopher Robin, dir. Marc Forster (2018)

Ben Norris - Ómar

 

Ben Norris is an actor, writer and spoken-word artist.

He plays Ben Archer in 'The Archers' on BBC Radio 4 and is a Creative Associate at Nottingham Playhouse.

 

Other credits include 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Family', Ben's debut solo show, which won the IdeasTap Underbelly Award at the Edinburgh Fringe before touring the UK and Australia.

 

He is also a two-time UK national poetry slam champion.

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