New Plays from Finland
Gaping Hole (2015)
Two stories, two realities—or even more? A dynamic new intern messes up the usual routines at the National Cultural Archives, and a mousy, hard-working older colleague finds herself unimportant. The competition between these two women evolves into even fiercer and more absurd forms, until suddenly the initial positions are reversed: the older woman arrives to work as the energetic expert, while the younger woman tries hard to maintain her position.
The play grows into a surprising, grimly funny, and complex science fiction-inspired tragicomedy about the small and big horror moments of ordinary days in life. Viikka’s insightful play grabs onto gender roles, working life, loneliness, and conflicts between generations in an intriguing way that tickles both the mind and the heart.
“Salla Viikka’s script is a fresh combination of everyday horror, situational comedy and psychoanalytic notes that arise from subtle hints.” Maria Säkö, Helsingin Sanomat
“The feminist approach of the author and director feels clever and disarming. The situational comedy and witty dialogue make the overall theme of the play lighter and deeper at the same time.” Tuomas Rantanen, Voima
Nordic Drama Corner Ltd
- Aukko (Finnish, original)
- Öppningen (Swedish)
- Gaping Hole (English)