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“Pipsa Lonka’s Second Nature is a bold and masterful play about the most important topic of all.
The brief, fleeting moments, embedded in a recognisable everyday reality, are written in a way that forces us to look until we begin to see. It presents us with cruelty and the banality of violence, invisibility, ourselves, our choices, the responsibilities we shirk."
- Lea Prize to Pipsa Lonka for her play Second Nature
“I’d been on the look-out for an experimental play that was inventive in terms of its language and structure and also carried a political message.
This play is connected to a specific moment in time and explores how the society we live in shapes us as individuals. I was also drawn to E.L. Karhu’s idiosyncratic language. It has a humorous quality to it that belies the seriousness of the subject matter.”
Barbara Kastner, Dramaturg
Pitch in German translation, Das Feld to be premiered in Munich at dasvinzenz theatre in December 2019.
On Okko Leo' play:
Jack and Andrew are participants in a Back to Work scheme, and ground keepers at a soon to be disused sports ground.
The play is a picture of society in which individuals have shrunken from active subjects to mere observers of their own lives.
The German premiere of Princess Hamlet took place at Schauspiel Leipzig in December 2017. Translation by Stefan Moster.
"We remember those princesses who kill themselves (...)"
Princess Hamlet by E.L.Karhu
"I often set things in "wrong" proportion to each other. This is what is surprising. I also try to say aloud things that are often kept hidden, that people are ashamed of. For example, "I wish I'd come across a grief like yours. When people break up, they lose weight."
Minna Nurmelin, a playwright, on the humour in her plays
The Opening – an absurd sitcom awarded by Lea Award for The best play in Finland 2015!
Woman facing up the horror of ageing and meeting a new younger colleague. The office rivalry turns to an absurd situation of generation conflict.
"At its core, Second Nature is a play about mortality, which we share with other animals. The play strives to see humankind as one of many animals and examine humankind’s various relationships to other animals. It ponders human omnipotence in relationship to other animals, unnecessary and industrial suffering, the mundaneness of cruelty.
The sequence of conveyer belts asks what is the difference between the death of the human animal and the death of those belonging to other species."
-Pipsa Lonka in a TINFO interview
Specs and Normals is the story of Olavi, a special needs kid who is trying to find his place in a regular class and of Roosa; a girl who has already given up on her education and travelled off to space. It is a painfully topical and current play about being different, giving an accurate portrayal of the real world of children today.
Leea Klemola’s latest piece Vaimoni, Casanova ("Casanova, My Wife" at the Kuopio City Theatre in 2016) is shamelessly over-the-top, in true Klemola style. In Klemola’s world, borders are made for crossing.
Casanova shuns banal relationship drama. Klemola sees movement and permanence through the eyes of an anthropologist.
Winner of the New Baltic Drama 2011 competition in Finland and Heidelberger Stückemarkt Internationaler Autoren Preis 2014, These Little Town Blues Are Melting Away takes place somewhere on the coastline of the Baltic Sea, in a place that strictly speaking is not even a village.
'Lauri Maijala's Take Off Your Skin is a chaotic analysis, a dystopian carnival, a decadent morality play, a satire that shoots at everything and everyone - at the same time as being a disarmingly uninhibited blast.'
- Suna Vuori, Helsingin Sanomat