Mr & Mrs Blake

Mr & Mrs Blake

The man was born 250 years ago and still infuriates and exhilarates. “The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom”. One of his many slogans taken up by the rock and literary generation of the 1960s against what they saw as layer upon layer of establishment oppression.

Don’t rely on what you’re told; make your own mistakes, and learn from them. If you don’t develop your own system you will be forced to live under someone else’s - forced to defend a lie.

That 60s generation was quoting a man who lived 200 years before them, whose words were still as challenging and relevant as in his very turbulent lifetime.
As are his astonishing and groundbreaking illustrations. Politics, sexuality, religion, the human mind, all came under his penetrating gaze.

William Blake (1757-1827) was unique - one of England’s most influential, controversial, and fiery tempered poets and artists. “Jerusalem” from his epic “Milton” has become a sort of unofficial national anthem. “The Tyger” is said to be the most reprinted poem in English. And many of his engravings continue to emerge on rock band album covers. His mysticism still fascinates and enthrals and he is particularly revered by the artistic community.

Yet in his lifetime he was feared, considered mad, or simply overlooked. A phenomenal visionary who “saw” angels and spoke to the dead, he toiled his entire life to break free of the drudgery of the mundane into the universe of the mind and soul. If ever there was a Working Class Hero it was William Blake.
“To see a world in a grain of sand...” The imagination of the human mind was his only religion.
To commemorate the 250th anniversary of his birth The Finn-Brit Players present Mr & Mrs Blake, a play originally written to accompany an exhibition of his engravings in Helsinki in 2000. It is an attempt to shed some light on his life and times and what must have been a remarkable relationship with his wife, Catherine.

“He whose face gives no light shall never become a star.”


Mr & Mrs Blake, a play by Joe White on the life and times of the visionary poet and artist William Blake. Performances November 29th, 30th and December 1st at 19.00h at FINNBRIT (Fredrikinkatu 20 A 9).

Tickets 6 euros, from the venue.

The Mourning Primrose


Written and directed by Zoë Chandler

English explorers on a 17th century voyage of discovery in the Caribbean encounter mystery, murder and - what else but – pirates!

After the discovery of a curious new flower, the already tense relationships between individual crewmembers, not to mention relations with the islanders and local pirates, reach a deadly climax.

How will those left alive deal with what they have done?

View the video trailer.









Fabien Rapin as Nathanial Ockham




Jonathan Hutchings as Captain Scarisbrick



Bruno Duréault, Fredrika Fellman, Angie Hämäläinen, Jonathan Hutchings, Kaisla Kajava, Jack Leo, Perttu Lipsanen, Irina Mikkola, Lari Noresvuo, Steve Porter, Fabien Rapin, Ramona Teinilä, Oana Velcu


Director: Zoë Chandler
Producers: Arabella David & Oana Velcu
Production Assistant: Joan Nordlund
Stage Manager: Sean McLoughlin
Fight choreography: Guy Windsor, School of European Swordsmanship
Original music/sound: Matthew Wooller
Costumes: Zoë Chandler & Joan Nordlund
Set & Props: Stewart Gray, Steve Porter & David Rogers
Publicity: Matti Keltanen





Irina Mikkola as Anacoana


Vernissa Hall, Tikkurilantie 36, Tikkurila, Vantaa (right opposite the Tikkurila railway station)

Friday November 16th at 7 p.m.
Saturday November 17th at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday November 18th at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets 8€ (5€ concessions, groups of 10 or more)

Tickets will go on sale in mid-October. Booking details available then.

Steve Porter as Hugh Brunswood


About the author

Zoë Chandler is a regular on the Finn-Brit Players scene. When not in the theatre, Zoë can frequently be found performing her work at Poetry & Jazz or leading sessions on writing and drama skills. In addition, being a philosopher and trained swordswoman has put her in a unique position to forge a play on 17th century exploration and swashbuckling. At other times, Zoë does battle with her cats and sharpens her skills as a Facebook pirate.

We are grateful to the School of European Swordsmanship for their assistance.
Learn swordsmanship with Guy Windsor at the School of European Swordsmanship.  See the school website for more details.


Run of Strindberg, Genet, Ionesco over - thanks everyone!

We had another run of memorable shows this season, many thanks to everyone involved on stage and off-, as well as to everyone who came to see us. And remember, we have lots going on even when there are no plays being done; see the calendar to the right of the main page for what's coming up next.

See you soon!

The shows are on (2007)

The plays are running until Saturday 19 May. Here are the performance dates:
Friday 11 May 7 pm Miss Julie
Saturday 12 May 3 pm The Maids & The Bald Prima Donna
Sunday 13 May 3 pm Miss Julie
Sunday 13 May 7 pm The Maids & The Bald Prima Donna
Tuesday 15 May 7 pm Miss Julie
Wednesday 16 May 7 pm The Maids & The Bald Prima Donna
Thursday 17 May 7 pm Miss Julie
Friday 18 May 7 pm The Maids & The Bald Prima Donna
Saturday 19 May 3 pm The Maids & The Bald Prima Donna
Saturday 19 May 7 pm Miss Julie

Last week before the plays start - book now! (2007)

Yes, it's just a matter of days before we climb on stage to entertain you guys. We just had a weekend of dress rehearsals, the casts had the chance to see each others' shows, and we're pretty stoked about the lineup!

Looking forward to seeing you there. Welcome!

(quick reminder: the shows will run from this week's Friday for a week and a day, so now would be a great time to book if you haven't yet)