New Plays from Finland
A Special Day (2017)
Photo albums full of special days
as if life was nothing but a celebration
A Special Day is a nostalgic deep-dive into the past of an average working class in post-war Finland in the 1960’s-70’s. Specifically, it is a documentary theatre play built around interviews given by Taisto Reimaluoto, the topic of which mostly center around his alcoholic father. In this play we are invited to look back with warmth and sentimentality to the events and moments captured in an old family photo album.
The play takes place in Finland during a time in which there was a strong collective sense of shared hope for a brighter future for both the country and its citizens. However, even with this overarching feeling of positivity, this was also a world in which many physical laborers had worked themselves to the bone many times over, including the father in this family. But these are not the truths that are photographed. Instead we see the roses, the cakes, and the celebrations. Each scene begins with a different memory which we dive into in order to peek behind the curtain of what it means to be part of a family.
The play premiered at the end of 2017 in Lahti City Theatre.