F100 – Findependence

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F100 – Findependence

Produced by Zoë Chandler & Ulf Persson 

To mark Finland’s centenary, the Finn-Brit Players has put together a collection of short plays, poetry and music under the title F100–Finndependence. As its name suggests, the show’s two main themes are to celebrate all things Finnish and to explore various aspects of freedom and independence – or a lack thereof. Although many of the pieces take a humorous or satirical view of the topics, they also contain plenty of food for thought.

So join us for a couple of hours of entertainment with complimentary wine and nibbles. Below you'll find a list of the pieces in alphabetical order:

THE PLAYS

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We have all heard the story about Alice who followed the rabbit down a hole and ended up in Wonderland. Here she is again, she follows the rabbit and ends up in – Finland! Maybe that is Wonderland? Satumaa! So meet Alice, the rabbit, a dog, the mad Hatter and others. Here they are – in Kaivopuisto!

Cast:
Alice – Esteri Hellgrén
Various roles – Graham Lees & Ulf Persson

 

Finnish Playette imageThe Finnish Playette  adapt. by Graham Lees from a play by Ian Eastment & directed by Angie Hämäläinen

Gerald – the ex-pat abroad – returns, despite a total lack of popular demand, to insult and offend in this short adaptation of The Finnish Play. Gerald thinks he is funny; others are not amused.

Cast:
Gerald – Graham Lees
Heidi – Esteri Hellgrén
Georgie – Angie Hämäläinen

 

Going Viral hashtag imageGoing Viral  written & directed by Zoë Chandler

Do you ever feel controlled by advertising? Do you use adblockers to fight back against the constant onslaught? Then you’d better watch out for the future’s next megatrend….

Cast:
Mr Fitzroy – Salomon Marttila
Ms Marshall – Zoë Chandler

 

 

 

Independence AhtiIndependence written & directed by Ahti Tolvanen

A young couple from Helsinki takes a long weekend break to an exceptionally rainy London, and have a falling out after accidently making conflicting bookings for the evening. They visit a marriage counsellor for help, but during the session, they become aware of a sudden flood emergency hitting the city – just as a close relative calls from home to say he is joining a terrorist organization. The counsellor runs off in near panic and they are left alone…. Can their relationship – indeed can they – survive the increasingly disturbing situation?

Cast:
Maria: Jessica Calonius
Abdul: John Koroma
Leslie: Maybelle Pristine

 

 

 

What are you doing in Fnland imageWhat are you doing for Finland? directed and adapt. by Graham Lees
from Aware, Awareness, Shampoo and Chocolates by Elina Jackson

Less of a conversation, more a projection of underlying insecurity. 

Cast:
Person 1 – Angie Hämälainen (VO Graham Lees)
Person 2 – Esteri Hellgrén

 

THE POETRY
Beauty and the Beast
 – written & perf. by Zoë Chandler
In Envy of J.L. Runeberg and His Just Desserts – written & perf. by Kent Tankersley
Memories of a distant winter wonderland – written & perf. by Tiina Isoviita
Ode to Finland – written & perf. by Ulf Persson
Oh Finland – written & perf. by Tiina Isoviita
The Stuffed Beast of Savo – written & perf. by Kent Tankersley
What I sang in Karaoke – written & perf. by Tiina Isoviita
When I tell you about the emperor – written by Paavo Haavikko, trans. & perf. by Zoë Chandler

THE MUSIC
Classic Finnish songs in English
perf. by Amanda Arttio & Max Van de Kamp

One performance only at Rauhanasema (Veturitie 3, 00520 Helsinki)
Thurs 7 Dec 2017 at 19:00

TICKETS
10€ – standard admission
8€ – students, national service, retired & FBP members

Finn-Brit Players members (who have paid their membership fees for the year) may buy a reasonable number of tickets for those accompanying them to the theatre, or for friends and family to watch them on stage. Members will need to have their membership numbers to hand when ordering (in the form FBPXXXX, where XXXX is your four-digit membership number).

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Ingrid

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INGRID by Ulf Persson

Directed by Anna Olkinuora & Ulf Persson

Ingrid is the Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman, who was for many years Hollywood’s darling and received thousands of fan letters every week. All that came to an abrupt end when she left Hollywood – and her little daughter – behind to marry the Italian film director Roberto Rossellini.

Ingrid takes place towards the end of her life, in her New York apartment. Ingrid has invited her daughter to dinner. She wants to explain – before it’s too late.

There will also be live music – bossanova and soft jazz – before and after the show. The band will start at 6 pm.

Cast:
Amanda Arttio
Mohamed "Dish” Eldishnawy
Sal Esparza

Esteri Hellgrén
Daniel Garton
Elina Jackson
Graham Lees
Ulf Persson
Kent Tankersley

Performances at Arkadia International Bookshop on
Weds 17 January 2018 at 18:00
Thurs 18 January2018 at 18:00
Fri 19 January2018 at 18:00
Sat 20 January 2018 at 16:00

NEW PERFORMANCE at Café & Bar Pokkari (Vuotalo)
Sat 24 March 2018 at 19:00

TICKETS
10€ – standard admission
8€ – students, national service, retired & FBP members

Finn-Brit Players members (who have paid their membership fees for the year) may buy a reasonable number of tickets for those accompanying them to the theatre, or for friends and family to watch them on stage. Members will need to have their membership numbers to hand when ordering (in the form FBPXXXX, where XXXX is your four-digit membership number).

See the product descriptions in our online store items for information about discount codes.

 

 

Melancholy Play

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For the first time in its history, the Finn-Brit Players will produce a play in association with an American drama group, the Passport Theatre Company of Massachusetts, U.S.A. Tickets are now available for the Helsinki première of Melancholy Play, opening on Wednesday, September 21 at Tunturikadun vierailunäyttämö (Tunturikatu 16, 00100 Helsinki).

Tilly, the central character in the play, is portrayed by Stephanie Carlson, a professional actress and member of Equity U.S. She has extensive experience in New York, Boston and her current home in central Massachusetts. Her last visit to our shores was as a singer on cruise ships! Stephanie’s fellow performers are Demian Stimson as Lorenzo, Mikael Kivimäki as Frank, Hosanna Megumi as Frances, Jess Hollmeier as Joan and John Millar as Julian, all of whom are members of the Finn-Brit Players.

A former director of Melancholy Play described it as “a hilarious and heart-felt comedy about our longing for love and our love of longing. Tilly's quiet sense of joyful introspection is so magical that Frank, Joan, Frances, and Lorenzo fall immediately, and hopelessly, in love with her. But while love triangles are hard enough, love pentagons can get really weird. Melancholy Play is a sexy and mysterious romantic fantasy which follows these lovers on a hysterical journey.”

Join us at Tunturikadun vierailunäyttämö in September for superb drama accompanied by fine music composed specifically for this performance by Matthew Wooller and performed by John Millar on his clarinet.

Tickets 10–15€ are available here.

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Puppets

Puppets

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Saturdays 5 & 12 March 2016 at 7 pm

FINNBRIT, Fredrikinkatu 20 A 9, Helsinki (2nd floor)

Join us for a stage reading of Puppets by Vello Ruus.

Puppets is a fast-paced comedy in the farce style, set in a large room of the affluent O'Leery home. Centre stage is a coffin, which holds the body of the deceased Mrs O'Leery. The family of Bob, John and Andy O'Leery, as well as Bob's finacée Tracy, gather for the funeral and the reading of the will by the family lawyer, George Davidson. Added to this mix are the unexpected arrival of the mysterious Mary and the prying Father Connelly. Each is confident of a large inheritance, but as the play develops peronal intrigues are played out and fortunes change as to who is to inherit what and who is in league with whom for control of the family fortune.

Directed by Vello Ruus. Featuring Nicolas Herbatschek, Tiina Isoviita, Mikael Kivimäki, Maria Kuuskoski, Graham Lees, John Leo, Ulf Persson, Sofia Pohls, Saku Ruus and Jukka Tykkyläinen.

 Tickets: 6€ (FBP members 4€).

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Privacy

Privacy is a play written by Meritta Koivisto in 2002It was performed for the first time as a stage reading on 7 March 2015 in front of an enthusiastic audience at the FINNBRIT premises on Fredrikinkatu in Helsinki. Some audience members commented after the performance that the Finn-Brit Players should consider performing the play as a full production.

The March 7 performance was truly an artistic success and all available seats were sold. Congratulations to the playwright and director, Meritta Koivisto, who was the guiding light behind the production and inspired the actors to reach new heights. Special thanks also go to Timo Karppinen who recorded the entire production on video, Tiina Isoviita who spent several late-night hours designing the programme, Vello Ruus for his invaluable advice and support on production issues, Kikka Myllys and Jessica Calonius who served as front-of-house hosts, Graham Lees who was responsible for lighting and sound operation, Eila Leonoff for her work on set design and props, and Pirjo Jyrälä who was responsible for sound effects and audio sequencing. All of us are grateful to the audience members who were so appreciative of our efforts.

Privacy by Meritta Koivisto

A famous author’s extreme protection of his private life turns against him in a horrifying way. When a hometown acquaintance from youth, Lorraine Gray, unexpectedly visits Paul J. Bauer and his wife Maude in their Hollywood Hills mansion, the consequences are unpredictable yet inevitable. Lorraine’s portrait shows the fragility of morality, the destruction caused by a manipulating mind, and the depth of darkness it can reach.

MERITTA KOIVISTO is an internationally award-winning writer and director. Her film Wrestling With A Bee won the Main Prize at the International Short Film Festival Winterthur in Switzerland, and her American play Privacy has been recognized at the New Century Writers Awards in the US. Koivisto has also lectured on creative writing at Columbia University in New York. Currently, she is writing her third novel and a collection of short stories. 

Some photos from the March 7 performance – click on the thumbnails for the full images and captions.