The play's protagonist, a Person, suddenly falls outside of Time. It can happen to anyone. But what is there to do when time no longer moves forward and logic and understanding are not enough to save you? Any One Of Us documents this experience of a direct and ruggedly humoristic journey into the absurd land outside of time, and back home again.
The play explores temporality, existence and the limits of human life and understanding, and does not behave as expected. It premiered in February 2013 as a co-production between Theatre 2.0 and the Finnish National Theatre, with performances at the Helsinki Central Railway Station.
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”It is not often that a play text has made the thoughts roll like this, a bit like a short notice or a macabre crime description giving hard facts, but where mutual relationships and motives remain notorious and therefore the imagination begin to fill the gaps.
Pöyhönen spread the emotions, events, lines, but does not explain exactly how one is connected with the other. The text consists of tracks and fragments, touching scenes. She is enigmatic and at the same time concrete. The leaves on the trees, a hooting mouth, a pig that grunts in a happy way. It is text that sounds, smells and can be felt.
Yet it as if the narrator stopped halfway as if his throat was tied in a knot. The main character has ended up outside of time, as it says in the play.”
”The shapes of sorrow”
Isabella Rothberg, Hufvudstadsbladet 4.3.2013
‘Comparing Pöyhönen’s play to Sarah Kane’s play 4.48 Psychosis, that described the inner reality in a pathbreaking way, is not exaggerating. However, there is more of original idealism in the metaphors of Pöyhönen’s text that in ruthless detail divides the experience [...].’
‘Pöyhönen’s language is elevated without being the least bit pathetic.
The innovative journey is daredevil with its trials against pigs, divine treadmills and snails snuffed in different ways. The metaphors of death are incarnated.’
‘A swoosh outside of time’
Maria Säkö, Helsingin Sanomat 2.3.2013
‘In my opinion, Emilia Pöyhönen’s text is slightly too long [...]. However, it’s also fresh without lightness.’
‘Emotion and space’
Ilona Kangas, Turun Sanomat 2.3.2013