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.

Fat Pig

FAT PIG by Neil LaBute

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17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25 and 26 April at 7 pm

19 April, there will also be an additional matinee performance at 2 pm

at Puoli-Q Stage of Q-teatteri, Tunturikatu 16, Töölö, Helsinki (MAP)

Tom is a nice guy. But he’s been dating the wrong girls. One day, at lunch, he randomly meets Helen, a librarian with a big heart and an even bigger… personality.

Does Tom have the balls to date someone who’s not exactly a Barbie doll? Does Tom have the balls to fall in love? And what do his work friends make of Helen? Carter is as shallow as they come, and Jeannie – well, let’s just say she might still think she and Tom are dating. Surely love will conquer all?

‘Fat Pig’ is a dark comedy about modern dating, relationships and our obsession with how we look and what others think of us. In the age of the selfie, do we know how to love anymore - especially ourselves?

Directed by Stina Halmetoja, produced by Stina Halmetoja and Zoë Chandler.

Featuring Austin Sears, Pauliina Munukka, James Duah and Mari Kortemaa.

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If still available, tickets can be purchased on the door at full price and with CASH ONLY.

Note that all discounts can only be used for online bookings.

An amateur English-language production by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

Murder at the Circus

Murder Mystery – Murder at the Circus

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Saturday 12 December 2015 at 7–10 pm

Höyhentämö–Pluckhouse, Korkeavuorenkatu 17, Helsinki

Join us for all the fun of the circus: jugglers, clowns, magicians, freaks, fortune tellers, ferocious lions – and a juicy murder to solve.

The circus: it's all good fun until someone loses their life… and it’s your task to find out who dunnit. You'll try to identify the murderer by finding the hidden clues, and observing and interacting with the circus performers. There will be a prize for the cleverest detective.

NOTE: This is a participatory murder mystery evening, not a performance – think of Escape Rooms but with character interaction. From 1 December, we'll start sending out info packs about the setting and game mechanics – it's not obligatory, but we hope you'll come in character.

The ticket price includes one glass of wine and some nibbles. Other refreshments, such as cakes and beverages, will be available for purchase (cash only).

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: We have a quota of tickets for sale at EUR 10 (EUR 5 for Finn-Brit Players members). This offer will end either on 25 November or as soon as all discount tickets have been sold.

The regular ticket price is EUR 11 (EUR 6 for Finn-Brit Players members).

NOTE: Places are limited and tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.

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The Woman in Black - Review

It doesn't get any better than this

The Woman in Black
Ad. by Stephen Mallatratt from the book by Susan Hill

Direction: Beth Morton and Joan Nordlund
Producer: Daniel McMullen
Lighting: Stina Halmetoja
Sound design: Christian Jull, Beth Morton, Fionna O'Sullivan and Alex Southern
Costumes: Zoë Chandler
Cast: Christian Jull, Daniel McMullen, Marietta Chela

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5-13 April 2013

As a theatregoer in London one sometimes lands at a performance of a modest size, where the focus is not so much on stagecraft goodies as on acting. The craft. They can be productions in which a small number of actors rush from one character to the next in a play in which the very storytelling, not some dazzling empty show, is the main thing. A couple of examples: the 39 Steps, Stones in His Pocket, Under Milk Wood, and indeed The Woman in Black, Stephen Mallatratt's dramatisation of Susan Hill's creepy ghost story.

Sitting in the Puoli-Q theatre space watching the first performance of the Finn-Brit Players' production of The Woman in Black I had to pinch myself hard on a couple of occasions and tell myself: You're not in London, you are in Helsinki! In other words, I cannot in any way describe how a professional London production of the Woman in Black could be different from this amateur production by the Finn-Brit Players! The Finn-Brit Players are a new acquaintance to me on my indefatigable quest through the theatrical life of Helsinki, so I do not know if this production is representative of the Players' standard. One thing I do know for sure, however. It cannot get any better than this, which I suppose is the top grade you can award. Well done!

I am very impressed with the acting, with Christian Jull and Daniel McMullen subtly and extremely professionally changing their characters. Not only do their voices change, so does the whole persona. It is so skilfully done. The story of The Woman in Black strikes me as genuinely English. It unfolds in an ill-fated and desolate setting of a hundred or more years ago. The fog creeps in and it is as creepy as when Sherlock Holmes roams on Dartmoor. There is plenty of scope for a good mix of characters from different strata of society, and Jull and McMullen make the most of it. And we must not, of course, forget Marietta Chela, who on a couple of occasions convincingly creates the spooky character of the lady in black.

The stage is fairly bare. Rather barren. A desk with a chair. A rocking chair in the background. The atmosphere is created by light and sound, and the sound effects play a substantial and essential role in the narrative. Thus it is not strange that the desk suddenly turns into a pony and trap. This production skilfully emphasises the absolutely essential element of a theatrical experience: imagination.

Having said this, I really think it is a pity that the play is being performed for one week only. The production would really deserve a large audience.

Original review by Ulf Persson for Recensenterna.
Translation from Swedish by Joan and Henrik Nordlund.

I Hate Hamlet

I Hate Hamlet 250by Paul Rudnick

18, 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23 November at 7 pm
at Tanssiteatteri Hurjaruuth (Kaapelitehdas), Tallberginkatu 1 A /117, 00180 Helsinki (Map)

Ghosts, swordfights, men in tights - this hit US comedy has it all!

Life is not going well for LA TV star Andrew Rally. His popular medical drama has been cancelled, his girlfriend is clinging to her virginity, and he’s accidentally bought a medieval duplex in New York. Andrew has, however, been offered the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park. The only problem is, he hates Hamlet…

Andrew’s duplex turns out to be the former home of the renowned actor John Barrymore – the greatest Hamlet of all time. The ghost of Barrymore returns to help Andrew prepare for the role, whether he likes it or not, as the only way to send Barrymore back to the Other Side is for Andrew to play Hamlet. Barrymore, fortified by champagne and ego, forces Andrew to decide what he really wants from his acting career.

Directed by Zoë Chandler & produced by Joan Nordlund.

Featuring Stina Halmetoja, Christian Jull, Daniel McMullen, Pauliina Munukka, Anna Rawlings and Paul Savage.

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