Moonstone is an adaptation of the award-winning novel by acclaimed Icelandic author and poet Sjón. The premiere of this dark and poetic novel, also hailed as a “simmering masterpiece” and “a work of miniaturist perfection” will take place in 2021, fusing contemporary theatre, dance and original live music by composer Valgeir Sigurdsson.
Set in 1918 Moonstone is the story of a young gay man, Máni Steinn, who exists on the fringe of a deeply conservative society where the idea of homosexuality is beyond the furthest extreme. Máni spends his nights performing sexual favours for older men and money in the shadows of a homogeneous and homophobic Reykjavik. He spends his days in the cinema where he is comforted and transported, albeit momentarily, into a world of artistic rebellion and acceptance afforded by early European cinema. As the Spanish Flu pandemic reaches the shores of Iceland having left millions dead across Europe and as the wholesale carnage of the Great War threatens to encroach upon the relative peace of the island we are transported to a moment in history where the world is on the brink. And we wonder if it might also be a glimpse into the future of our species.
Adapted and directed by Feidlim Cannon & Gary Keegan
Dramaturg: Bjarni Jónsson
Composer: Valgeir Sigurðsson