Suomen hevonen

Original name Suomen hevonen
Kirjoittajat Sirkku Peltola
Original language Finnish
Premiere year 2004
Theater KOM-teatteri / KOM Theatre
Keywords Drama

Performances abroad

Eesti Dramateater 7.10.2007;
Copenhagen (staged reading) 5.5.2006;
Theatre Centre, Santa Barbara, USA 9.-10.6.2007, reading La Mousson d'été -festival, France 26.8.2008

Synopsis

Sirkku Peltola’s play paints a tragicomic picture of life in the rural EU hinterlands, where the traditional, respected way of life is being crushed under the wheels of dynamic EU bureaucracy. The Finnhorse, a breed the playwright describes as headstrong yet meek, stubborn yet humble, serious, patient and content with poor pasture, symbolises the rural way of life, but the young man in the play, Kai, delivers a blunt verdict on this noble creature; in his opinion it has outlived its usefulness. Kai would rather ride a Harley Davidson – a childish young man’s pie-in-the-sky dream which marks the beginning of the end of the family farm.

Life at the farm is already somewhat chaotic because, despite having gotten divorced over ten years ago, the mistress of the house and her ex-husband still live together as neither of them can afford to buy the other one out. The household also includes an active, cynical granny and a coarse-mouthed teenage daughter who is waiting for her life to acquire some sort of meaning, and the ex-husband’s new girlfriend who visits the house on her bicycle to sleep over and promote spiritual growth.

Peltola’s characters are nearly mad, caricatures almost, but all the same they are recognisable and have plenty meat on their bones. The text is absurdly funny and free flowing. It is easy to see that Peltola is a professional director from the way the dialogue gives space and material for the actors’ own interpretations.

As one of Finland’s leading dramatists, Sirkku Peltola has written plays for many Finnish theatres and won several awards.

Translations

Language English
Translation name The Finnhorse
Translators Eva Buchwald
Julkaisija Lasipalatsi, Helsinki 2005
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Language Estonian
Translation name Soome hobune
Translators Viive Taro
Ülev Aaloe
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Language French
Translation name Le cheval finlandais
Translators Alexandre André
Julkaisija Éditions Théâtrales
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Language Hungarian
Translation name A finn ló
Translators Ottilia Kovács
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Language Icelandic
Translation name Finnski hesturinn
Translators Sigurður Karlsson
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Language Croatian
Translation name Finski konj
Translators Nenni Delmestre
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Language Czech
Translation name Finský kůň
Translators Alzbeta Stollova
Julkaisija DILIA Agentura, www.dilia.cz
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Language Swedish
Translation name Finsk häst
Translators Pekka Sonck
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