Three women, three generations, tied together not only by blood but also by the magic of the river that runs through their remote Finnish town. One day Eva’s Mother disappears…
It happened on the day of her school graduation, her mother disappears and her grandmother is diagnosed with dementia. As Eva tries to make sense of her life now that pieces of her world are missing, past memories seem to rise out of the mist on the river.
Paula Salminen’s lingering, atmospheric play examines family, destiny and the journey that becomes life.
Stellar Quines and Lung Ha’s Theatre Company
The collaboration between Stellar Quines and Lung Ha’s Theatre Company started on the initiative of Stellar Quines who were looking for the opportunity to access voices of women playwrights in Finland. The idea for the collaboration between the two companies felt natural as , being Finnish, Lung Ha’s Artistic Director, Maria Oller had contacts in Finland and an interest to explore similarities and differences in theatre in Scotland and the Nordic countries and also to introduce drama from the Nordic countries to the theatre community in Scotland and vice versa.
Stellar Quines Artistic Director Muriel Romanes has an ongoing contact with Canada, another country within the Nordic fringes. With Stellar Quines expertise and experience of this collaboration it was agreed to try to connect the eastern parts of the Nordic fringes in the hope of setting up a similar initiative with Finland and the other Nordic countries.
The Finnish National Theatre has given its support to the project between Stellar Quines and Lung Ha’s. This brings up the opportunity for a deeper exchange apart from the script. Inclusive theatre is a relatively new appearance in Finland compared to Scotland and the UK and this production could be an inspiration for theatre companies there to open up to a more integrated approach.
For Lung Ha’s company members this is a unique and great opportunity to work with one of Scotland’s leading theatre companies. This is also another opportunity to include more actors with a disability into the profession, to widen the pool to create more opportunities for more integrated approach.
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Finnish National Theatre
The Finnish National Theatre, founded in 1872, is the oldest Finnish-language professional theatre in the country. The birth of the Finnish National Theatre was closely linked to the political ideology of the late nineteenth century. Finland was part of the Russian Empire, and the country’s intellectual elite was Swedish speaking. Finnish language and art, including theatre, became the cornerstones of a cultural movement which began in the 1860’s, gradually developed political ambitions by the turn of the century, and eventually led to national independence in 1917.
For the first thirty years of its existence, the theatre functioned primarily as a touring company. The theatre did not acquire a permanent home until 1902, when a purpose-built theatre was erected in the heart of Helsinki, adjacent to the city’s main railway station. The building design was by architect Onni Törnqvist-Tarjanne. This majestic neo-romantic edifice with its façade of Finnish granite and interiors of soapstone, marble and wood, is one of Finland’s most impressive national monuments. The theatre still operates in these premises today, and over the years the building has expanded from its original size to encompass another three permanent stages. In addition to the Main Stage (Suuri näyttämö), the theatre comprises the Small Stage (Pieni näyttämö) built in 1954, the Willensauna Stage built in 1976, and the Omapohja studio built in 1987.
In 2010 the FNT’s governing board appointed the current director Mika Myllyho, who has expanded the theatre’s activities. He has adopted a policy of associate writers to whom the theatre is committed on a long-term basis and has commissioned a series of plays for the Finnish National Theatre.