New Plays from Finland

Elisa Salo

In Elisa Salo’s plays, reality and fantasy blend in surprising, fun, and bewildering ways. Many of her texts are targeted at children and youth, but their inventiveness and humanity have charmed viewers of all ages. Salo, who began her career as an actor, knows the potential of theatre like the back of her hand, and is skilled at creating piquant characters that reveal new dimensions during every performance.

Salo’s breakthrough play Räjähdysvaara (Falling, 2007) shows what can happen when the online world provides a young person with more meaning and content than real life. Spiced with clever humour, the play achieved instant popularity.