Paniikki

Original name Paniikki
Kirjoittajat Mika Myllyaho
Original language Finnish
Premiere year 2005
Theater Ryhmäteatteri
Keywords Drama

Performances abroad

Copenhagen(staged reading) 5.5.2006;
Athens 2007; Theatre Centre, Santa Barbara, USA 9.-10.6.2007; Bellevue Teatret, Copenhagen 14.2.2008; Komornicinohra (KOC), Prague, 2012; Vanemuine Teater, Tartu, Estonia, 2014

Synopsis

3 men

Leo knocks on his friend Max’ door in panic. His girlfriend gave him the hint that it might be worth thinking about certain things and sorting out his life. Leo who doesn’t have the faintest idea of what could be wrong in his life, asks if Max can do a therapy with him. Max and his brother Joni, a talk-show host, compete in helping Leo with their respective methods but mainly achieve demonstrating how lost they are themselves. Max is neurotic and withdrawn; Joni self-centred and unable to commit himself to anything. Little by little the trio notices that they all need each others help.
This intelligent and modern comedy delves into the crisis of being a man, the real and the imaginary crises. What is it that is nowadays demanded of a man? Does a man know how to be at one with his feelings? Can he be sensitive and successful at the same time? And what exactly is this Almodovar film really about?

“The play, written and directed by Mika Myllyaho, is an exquisitly orchestrated comedy which touches at the very least the thoughts of thirty-something men who have slipped onto a career fast track.
Myllyaho’s text offers the spectators bread and circuses in appropriate proportions.”
Ilkka Kuosmanen (Etelä-Suomen Sanomat 23.9.2005)

“Panic is neither distressing nor emphatically comic but it is touching as well as funny. In some sense it is even a therapeutic and cleansing experience in itself.”
Carina Berg (Turun Sanomat 24.9.2005)

Translations

Language English
Translation name Panic
Translators Sarka Hantula
Julkaisija Lasipalatsi
Copies available Theatre Info Finland (TINFO), www.tinfo.fi/en
Drama agency Nordic Drama Corner Ltd, office(a)dramacorner.fi

Language French
Translation name Panique - hommes au bord de la crise de nerfs
Translators Susa Mariut Klami
Drama agency Nordic Drama Corner, office(a)dramacorner.fi

Language Spanish
Translation name Pánico
Translators Maritza Núńez
Katja Hytönen
Drama agency Nordic Drama Corner Ltd, office(a)dramacorner.fi

Language Danish
Translation name Panik
Translators Morten Juel Rosdahl
Drama agency Nordic Drama Corner Ltd, office(a)dramacorner.fi

Language Russian
Translation name ПАНИКА
Translators Pavel Rudnjev
Joel Lehtonen
Drama agency Joel Lehtonen, lehtonen(a)mail.ru

Language Hungarian
Translation name Pánik avagy Férfiak az idegösszeomlás szélén
Translators Nóra Falk
Drama agency Nordic Drama Corner Ltd, office(a)dramacorner.fi

Language German
Translation name Panik, Männer am Rande des Nervenzusammenbruchs
Translators Martina Marti
Eeva Bergroth
Drama agency Nordic Drama Corner Ltd, office(a)dramacorner.fi

Language Italian
Translation name Panico. Uomini sull orlo di una crisi di nervi
Translators Arianna Consuelo Marcon
Drama agency Nordic Drama Corner Ltd, office(a)dramacorner.fi

Language Greek
Translation name Πανικός
Translators Aggelos Kechagias
Drama agency Nordic Drama Corner Ltd, office(a)dramacorner.fi

Language French
Translation name Panique. Hommes au bord de la crise de nerfs
Translators Alexandre André
Drama agency Nordic Drama Corner Ltd, office(a)dramacorner.fi

Language Czech
Translation name Panika
Translators Otto Kauppinen
Julkaisija Theatre Info Finland (TINFO), www.tinfo.fi/grant
Drama agency Nordic Drama Corner Ltd, office(a)dramacorner.fi

Language Estonian
Translation name Paanika
Translators Maimu Berg
Drama agency Nordic Drama Corner Ltd, office(a)dramacorner.fi