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

dreamstime xs 40495665Alice  written & directed by Ulf Persson

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

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 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:
Jessica Calonius
John Koroma
Maybelle Pristine

What are you doing in Fnland imageWhat are you doing for Finland? 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).

See the product description in our online store for information about discount codes and to buy tickets, or click directly on the icon below:

Ingrid

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INGRID by Ulf Persson

Directed by Anna Olkinuora

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.

Cast:
Amanda Arttio
Mohamed "Dish” Eldishnawy
Sal Esparza
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

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.

 

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.

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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."