The students at Borgarfjörður Junior College in Borgarnes have taken on a challenging task: an original political satire. As if that in itself wasn’t challenging enough, the play is also written around the music of Pink Floyd’s 1973 album Dark Side of the Moon. The name of the play is Mannsins myrka hlið – the Dark Side of the Man.
Directed by young Icelandic actor Bjartur Guðmundsson, the play is set in modern-day Iceland, a story of greed, alienation and fear. The play, which is written by the director in collaboration with the student cast, also deals with themes of social immorality, discrimination and political hypocrisy. It’s hard to tell that this is only the second time the Borgarfjörður Junior College Drama Department has staged a play, as the performance was near flawless. The school itself was just founded four years ago. The bands performance was excellent and they handled the songs with respect, while applying their own creativity.
The play is fast moving and highly entertaining, but at the same time makes you think and doubt. The audience are placed on rolling chairs in the middle of the hall with the stage all around them. Those who are lucky enough to be seated near the main stage will probably spend some time wondering about the big caution sign on the floor before the start of the show (don’t worry, nothing bad will happen to you, but you might want to bring an extra suit). Audiences that crave not just entertainment, but also innovative and challenging material, will not be disappointed by this piece. A definite recommend. -öhö
Photos by Birta Rán