Breaker

A play by Salka Gudmundsdottir

Directed by Graeme Maley

Cast: Isabelle Joss and Iain Robertson

Music: Andy Cowan

Showing at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh Fringe 2013

Aug 1st – 25th

Tickets here

Previously performed at Holden Street Theatres,  Adelaide Fringe 2013

Weekly Award for Best Theatre, Adelaide Fringe 2013

Underbelly Edinburgh Award 2013

***** Adelaide Advertiser

**** The Herald: “A haunting meditation on how ancient stories can bring some kind of redemption in the modern world”

**** Adelaide Now: “This Icelandic play, translated into Scots, is a powerful story of the effects of tragedy on a community and two people’s attempts to make sense of it.”

**** Kryztoff Raw: “This is another high-quality production at Holden Street, which offers strong performances, interesting subject matter and an opportunity to think, feel and contemplate.”

****1/2 Adelaide Theatre Guide: “This poetic, dark tale of legend and loss is well worth putting on your list of Fringe productions to see!”

Breaker is a powerful new play by Icelandic writer Salka Gudmundsdottir, translated and directed by Scottish director Graeme Maley. Caught up in nostalgia and myths, Daniel comes to the remote island where his grandmother grew up, seeking answers and closure but finds local teacher Sunna trying to make her own way through the darkness following a horrific series of events in the community. Gripping and thought-provoking.

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Salka Gudmundsdottir‘s first play Súldarsker (Mizzle Rock) earned her a nomination for best playwright at the Icelandic Theatre Awards 2011; in June 2012 it was performed at The Festival of European Contemporary Playwrights at Husets Teater in Copenhagen and then featured in the online catalogue European Theatre Today 2012 as one of the best new plays from Europe. Her one act play And the Children Never Looked Back, on which Breaker is based, ran at Oran Mor in Glasgow in September 2012 and Salka has two new plays due to open in Reykjavik in 2013.

Graeme Maley is an acclaimed director and translator who has worked for Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, the National Theatre of Scotland, Glasgow Citizen‘s Theatre, Oran Mor in Glasgow and Reykjavik City Theatre among many others in the UK, US and Iceland. His production of Icelandic play The Deep was performed at the at 10 Days on the Island Festival in Tasmania in March/April 2011.

Iain Robertson’s theatre credits include: Romeo & Juliet, Blood Wedding (Citizens Theatre) Take me if you Need Me, Angels, Lysistrata, The Taming of the Shrew (Oran Mor) The Slab Boys Trilogy, Strangers Babies (Traverse Theatre) My Romantic History (Bush/Sheffield Crucible) The Tempest (Sheffield Crucible/Old Vic) The Good Hope, The Winters Tale, The Mysteries Trilogy (Royal National Theatre) Confessions of a Justified Sinner (Lyceum Edinburgh) & Takin’ Over the Asylum (Lyceum/Citizens). His film & television credits include: Small Faces, The Debt Collector, Plunkett & MacLeane, The Contractor, Basic Instinct 2, Collider,  Acts of Godfrey, DCI Banks, Band of Brothers, Sea of Souls,  Bramwell, Silent Witness, The Bill, Grange Hill,  Gunpowder Treason & Plot, Kavanagh QC & Rab C. Nesbitt. Iain received a Scottish Best Performance BAFTA for Gillies Mackinnon’s Small Faces, has been nominated twice for the Ian Charleson Award & was recently nominated for Best Male Performance at the Scottish CATS Awards.

Isabelle Joss trained at the RSAMD/RCS and her theatre credits include: ‘Great Expectations’ (Beckman Unicorn UK Tour/West End); Take Me If You Need Me, I Heart Maths, Just The Job (Oran Mor); Scgrooge (The Cottiers Theatre); Entartet (Kai Fischer in association with Vanishing Point); Men Should Weep (The National Theatre); David Leddy’s: Sub Rosa (Fire Exit in association with the Citizens Theatre/ Assembly Rooms, winner of the Herald Angel award 2010); Steel Magnolias (Tron Theatre), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Servant O’ Twa Maisters, The Life of Stuff, Good Things (Pitlochry Festival Theatre 2009 – Winner of the Leon Sinden award for best supporting actress); Lifeboat (Catherine Wheels Theatre Co – Winner of Barclays Stage Award for ‘best show for children and young people’); Hansel and Gretel, The Selfish Giant, The Big Funk (Arches Theatre); The Holly and the Ivy (Catherine Wheels Theatre Co); The Kindness of Strangers (Soho Theatre/Everyman Theatre); Gilt (7:84 Theatre Company) and more. Television: Life Of Riley; Dear Green Place; Taggart; The Bill; Kitchen; Feel the Force; Goths. Film: Afterlife; American Cousins. Radio: Iona; Whoever You Chose To Love; Love for Lydia; Forever Young; For the Love of Willie.

After a 20yr career as a musical bum on the Scottish Indie scene, Andy Cowan and his moustache are now composing and sound designing for stage and screen. This includes the last 5yrs working for award winning Play, Pie and A Pint at Oran Mor in Glasgow.

**** (Joyce McMillan, Scotsman, on And the Children Never Looked Back)

Breaker’s original incarnation was as And the Children Never Looked Back at Oran Mor in Glasgow, Sept. 2012, featuring Julie Austin and Mark Wood. A reworked version of the play was then produced at Holden Street Theatres during the Adelaide Fringe 2013, performed by Hannah Donaldson and Finn den Hertog.