Hay Fever

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Hay Fever by Noël Coward

Directed by Adrian Goldman

Produced by The Finn-Brit Players and Passport Theatre

It is May in Helsinki, the flowers are out, pollen is in the air and Hay Fever is coming to town. This delightful comedy is arguably Noël Coward’s finest and funniest play. It is set in the late 1920s in the Bliss’ country house. The utterly self-absorbed and eccentric Bliss family have all, unbeknownst to each other, invited guests down for the weekend. Love, laughter and drama ensues. The play is best described as a “high comedy of ill manners.” As Mark Fisher in the Guardian wrote “This … subversive 1925 comedy is the missing link between William Shakespeare and Edward Albee”.

This international production has a cast of professionals, semi-professionals and wannabees: Stephanie Carlson (Judith Bliss), Demian Stimson (David Bliss), Hosanna Megumi (Sorel Bliss), Mikael Kivimäki (Simon Bliss), Jess Hollmeier (Myra Arundel), Alistair Logan (Richard Greatham), Elina Jackson (Jackie Coryton), Todd Elliott (Sandy Tyrell), and Sophie Michaud (Clara).

Do not miss this wonderfully delicious and malicious high comedy of summer where the people bite harder than the mosquitoes.

PERFORMANCES at Tanssiteatteri Hurjaruuth (Kaapelitehdas, Tallberginkatu 1 A / 117, 00180 Helsinki)
Weds 16 May 2018 at 19:00
Thurs 17 May 2018 at 19:00
Fri 18 May 2018 at 19:00
Sat 19 May 2018 at 19:00
Sun 20 May 2018 at 19:00

TICKETS
Bought online (from our Holvi store)

16.00€ – standard admission
12.80€ – students, national service, retired & FBP members

Bought at the door
17.00€ – standard admission
13.00€ – 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, or click on the icons below to buy tickets now:

This amateur production of “Hay Fever” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD.

Auditions for We Are Not Amused

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Welcome to open auditions for our one-act play: We Are Not Amused by Ulf Persson, directed by Ulf Persson and Graham Lees.

The auditions will take place onSunday 11 February 2018, 1–3 pm at FINNBRIT, Fredrikinkatu 20 A 9, 00120 Helsinki.

There will be performances at Höyhentämö between 20 August and 2 September 2018, as part of the Helsinki Fesitival and Night of the Arts. Rehearsals will be in held during the spring, with a break over summer and a 'refresher period' in August.

REGISTRATION
Please register for the auditions in advance, stating which role or roles you’re interested in auditioning for. Also let us know if you would be interested in joining the backstage crew. Please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You do not have to be a member to audition, but you must join if cast. Please arrive in good time to begin at 13:00.

PREPARATION
Please prepare for some light improv in character, in which you answer questions about your character’s life, such as its ups and downs, what they are proud of, what they regret, etc. In short, find out a little about the character or characters you intend to audition for!

ENTRY TO THE BUILDING
Press the FINNBRIT buzzer by the street door to be let in.

MORE INFORMATION & QUERIES
If you cannot attend on Sunday, or if you have any questions about the play, rehearsal schedule or other arrangements, please contact Ulf (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

THE PLAY
We Are Not Amused is a talkshow. It’s also a late show in the sense that all the guests are dead. Very famous and very dead. But here they are again to talk about their lives, their pleasures and disappointments, family affairs, loves and – why they are not amused.

THE CHARACTERS (3F, 1M)

Host (M) – a talk show host who knows how to ask probing questions

Elisabeth – Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, 1837-1898

Victoria – Queen of England and Empress of India, 1819-1901

Lady Diana – Princess of Wales, 1961-1997

 

Go Back For Murder

Go Back For Murder

What is more exciting than an Agatha Christie play based on family secrets, intrigue, suspense, romance, seduction, and murder?

Carla Crale returns to the UK from Canada carrying a disturbing secret. Her mother, Caroline Crale, died in prison serving a life sentence for poisoning her husband, Amyas Crale, Carla’s father. On receiving a letter in which Caroline pleads her innocence of the crime, Carla is determined to clear her mother’s name. With the help of a young lawyer, Justin Fogg, she assembles the people involved in the tragic drama, and together with Justin, uncovers the truth.

Performances at Puoli-Q (Tunturikatu 16, Helsinki) in February 2017:

Thurs 2/2, Fri 3/2 & Sat 4/2 – 7pm
Sun 5/2 – 5pm
Tues 7/2, Weds 8/2, Thurs 9/2, Fri 10/2 & Sat 11/2 – 7pm
Sun 12/2 – 5pm

TICKETS

10–15€ are available here.

For questions or information about tickets, including group discounts, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAST & CREW

Director: Ulf Persson
Assistant Director: John Leo
Producer & Stage Manager: Nicolas Herbatschek

Justin Fogg – Salomon Marttila
Turnball – Graham Lees
Carla Crale – Elina Jackson
Jeff Rogers –  Mikael Kivimäki
Philip Blake – Matthew Paines
Meredith Blake – Kent Tankersley
Elsa Greer/Melksham – Zoë Chandler
Miss Williams – Jessica Calonius
Angela Warren (Present) — Anna Olkinuora
Angela Warren (Past) – Esteri Hellgrén
Caroline Crale – Sophie Michaud
Amyas Crale – Graham Lees

Costumes: Esteri Hellgrén, Maria Kuuskoski and Marika Cholmondeley
Set Design: Nicolas Herbatschek, Delphine Gerbaud, Maria Kuuskoksi and Marika Cholmondeley
Props: Nicolas Herbatschek, Delphine Gerbaud, Maria Kuuskoski and Marika Cholmondeley
Artwork & Publicity: Salomon Marttila
Photography: Harsha Chawhan
Lights: Timo Karppinen and Katia Shklyar
Sound: Katia Shklyar, Rosanna Liuski and Marika Cholmondeley

The Finnish Play

The Finn-Brit Players is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for our June production of The Finnish Play, by Ian Eastment with Graham Lees. A special discount is available for the early adopters among you – and, of course, for FBP members.

British Pomp confronts Finnish Circumstance

When Finns and expats meet in Helsinki, things generally proceed amicably – unless someone like Gerald is around.

There’s a certain type of obnoxious British expat. We’ve all met one in our time: they insist on correcting people who dare to say ‘elevator’ or ‘sidewalk’, and think the British Empire is still alive and kicking. Gerald, the protagonist – or should that be antagonist? – of the Finn-Brit Players’ new comedy, The Finnish Play, is one of them.

The play’s title alludes to a theatrical superstition – you should never refer to Shakespeare’s Macbeth by name, only as ‘The Scottish Play’, or else disaster will strike. But Gerald enjoys playing with fire.The Finnish Play image

WHEN: 1–3 & 6–8 June 2016 at 7 pm
WHERE: Höyhentämö-Pluckhouse, Korkeavuorenkatu 17, 00130 Helsinki

TICKETS are now on sale via our website: www.finnbritplayers.com/tickets
15€ – general admission
11€ – Finn-Brit Players members
10€ – full-time students

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT
13€ for general admission tickets purchased by 15 May!

Member discount
As an FBP member you get a 20% discount on tickets to The Finnish Play not only for yourself but also for your family members and those accompanying you to the theatreYou’ll need your membership number to obtain the discount, so remember to renew/join up in good time before buying your tickets!

Call for Open Auditions for the 2015 Spring Production

DATE: 1 February, 2015
TIME: 2-5 pm
PLACE: The FinnBrit Language Centre, Fredrikinkatu 20A (MAP)

This Spring, The Finn-Brit Players will be staging Neil LaBute's Fat Pig, directed by Stina Halmetoja. There will be a run of performances between 17 and 26 April on the Puoli-Q stage at Q-teatteri. The rehearsals (mostly on weekends) will run from early February until the theatre run starts.

We are looking for 4 actors, 2 males and 2 females, between the ages of 25 and 40. One of the female roles is strictly for someone plus-sized.

Please email Stina (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and sign up for auditions by Friday 30 January. If you have any questions, or if you are interested in auditioning or otherwise being part of the production but cannot attend the auditions on 1 February, please contact Stina asap.

Tom is a nice guy with a bad dating track record who randomly meets Helen, a plus-size girl with a big personality and an even bigger heart. What will Tom's workmates Carter, the office clown and a-hole, and Jeannie from accounting, whom Tom used to date, make of Helen?

A dark comedy about relationships and dating, Fat Pig is a brutally funny depiction of human insecurities in action. It also has a surprisingly emotional core, which forces audiences to examine their own attitudes.

"Neil LaBute's sharply drawn play not only critiques our slavish adherence to Hollywood ideals of beauty but also questions our own ability to change what we dislike about ourselves."