Garage on stage in London
Finnish playwright Mika Myllyaho’s plays have been performed in 15 countries to date. In October, he’s set to make his debut on the British stage.
The Covid pandemic saw countless theatre productions put on ice, the New Nordics Festival in London among them. A second attempt to get the event off the ground is scheduled for October, and the line-up will feature Mika Myllyaho’s 2018 play Garage. It will be performed at Jacksons Lane in North London on 15 October as part of the week-long festival. Garage, which had its world premiere at the Finnish National Theatre, is one of six contemporary plays selected for the showcase. It will be directed by Lucie Dawkins based on a translation by Eva Buchwald.
“It takes a lot to start a new festival, one that moves across borders and engages the work of artists of many nationalities. To bring it back and ensuring that those artists and voices are heard on a UK stage feels very special,” says the New Nordics festival director Camilla Gürtler, now that the Covid-imposed hiatus is finally over.
Alongside Mika Myllyaho, the festival will be showcasing plays by Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson from Iceland, Lisa Langseth from Sweden, Katarina G. Nolsøe from the Faroe Islands, Kristofer Grønskag from Norway and Vivian Nielsen from Denmark.
Mika Myllyaho’s plays have been hugely popular with audiences in both Finland and abroad. His Panic-Chaos-Harmony trilogy has been performed in 15 countries, while Garage has also featured on the programme of the Vana Baskini theatre in Tallinn. His upcoming turn on the London stage marks his UK debut.
Mika Myllyaho is represented by Nordic Drama Corner.
TINFO / 2 September 2021
The performance can also be watched live streamed. Follow this link to purchase a ticket.
In the photo: Mika Myllyaho. Photo credit: Jenni Nurminen /Kansallisgalleria. Translation by Liisa Muinonen-martin