BRIM – Brim, which means Breakwater in Icelandic, is set aboard a small fishing vessel just off the coast of Iceland and revolves around the conflicted five-person community formed by the crew members. Dreams and thoughts roll around in the heads of the men aboard as the ship plods through the restless dark sea. A bittersweet and comical tale of human beings. The play reflects the way of life in the small towns that line Iceland’s coast and depend upon the faltering fishing industry to thrive, but the treatment of the characters is not melancholic. The men aboard this unnamed trawler are eccentric but full of life’s colour. “The idea for this play came from my experience of a long, dry spell where we didn’t catch any fish. It was a rough lesson in human behaviour. No fisherman wants to be on a ship that’s hitting a dry spell. When you are not working out at sea you have too much time to think and that can be dangerous,” said the author.
“With this performance Jón Atli and the group of performers manage to prove that a play that springs directly from its local environment relates more to us than those that have supposedly
international references. This detailed portrayal of characters aboard a small Icelandic fishing vessel becomes in this way a mad treatise on life in the waiting lines.
(by Anne Mareile Moschinski, Mainzer Rheinzeitung)