Finland 2015: Cast
- Eva Koskinen (daughter) – Nicola Tuxworth
- Helena Koskinen (mother) – Louise Ludgate
- Ursula Koskinen (gran) – Joanna Tope
- Eki Koistinen (canal lock keeper) – Andy Clark
- Timppa (local boy) – Ben Winger
- Eeli (local boy) – Stephan Tait
Finland 2015: Creative Team
- Writer – Paula Salminen
- Translator – Eva Buchwald
- Director – Maria Oller
- Associate Director – Molly Innes
- Artistic Director – Muriel Romanes
- Designer – Jan Bee Brown
- Lighting Design – Simon Wilkinson
- Composer – Susan Applebe
Top ↑Nicola Tuxworth (daughter)
Nicola has been a company member with Lung Ha’s since 2007. Productions with Lung Ha’s include: Can We Live With You? (Edinburgh and Glasgow 2008); Il Panico di Pantalone (Scottish tour and Paris 2009); Dangerously, Yours… (Edinburgh and Glasgow, 2009) Huxley’s Lab, a coproduction with Grid Iron Theatre Company, (CATS Award for Best Ensemble Production 2009-2010) (Edinburgh 2010); Chekhov Shorts (Scottish Tour 2010); Around the World in 80 Days (Glasgow and Edinburgh 2011); Medea’s Children (Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Unga Klara, Stockholm 2011); Antigone, a co-production with National Youth Orchestras of Scotland Futures (Edinburgh and Glasgow 2012); Un Petit Moliere (Edinburgh 2013); The Hold, a collaboration with National Museums Scotland (National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh 2014)
Top ↑Louise Ludgate (mother)
Theatre credits include: Sex and Drugs (Traverse Theatre), Sex and God (Magnetic North), Slice (Gilded Balloon), Dig (Paines Plough), The House of Bernarda Alba, Project Macbeth, Realism, Home (National Theatre of Scotland), Balgay Hill (Dundee Rep Theatre), Home Hindrance (Vanishing Point).
Television credits include: River City, Freedom (BBC Scotland), Kissing Tickling & Being Bored, No Man’s Land, Spooks (BBC Television), Taggart, High Times (SMG)
Louise has worked extensively on radio for BBC Scotland and BBC 3. She has a film out in 2014 – Swung, and has also been part of the cast for the video film for David Leddy’s City of the Blind which is part of the Made in Scotland Showcase 2014 and Traverse Fringe programme.
Top ↑Joanna Tope (gran)
Theatre credits include A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity (Traverse Theatre / 59E59 Theater/ Oran Mor); The Silence of Bees; The Promise (Random Accomplice); The Tree of Knowledge (Traverse Theatre); Promises, Promises (random Accomplice); Façade (Auricle); Les Liasons Dangereuses, Death of a Salesman (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh); Baby Doll, Venice Preserved (Citizen’s Theatre); Wit (Stellar Quines).
Television credits include Grandpa in my Pocket series, Monarch of the Glen (BBC), The Key, Key Productions.
Joanna has done various radio series for BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Scotland including most recently Elizabeth Taylor Short Stories and The Midwife’s Daughter, BBC Radio 4.
Top ↑Andy Clark (canal lock keeper)
Theatre credits include Aladdin (macrobert arts centre); Colqhoun & MacBryde, Three Sisters (Tron Theatre); The Libertine (Citizens Theatre); Of Mice and Men (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Gastronauts (Royal Court), I’m With the Band (Traverse/Wales Millenium Centre), Time & the Conways (Dundee Rep Ensemble / Royal Lyceum Theatre); Wee Andy, Fleeto (Tumult in the Clouds); The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (National Theatre of Scotland); The Cherry Orchard (Royal Lyceum Theatre); The Government Inspector (Communicado Theatre); Othello (citizens Theatre) & The Last Witch (Edinburgh International Festival/Traverse).
Television credits include River City, Bob Servant (BBC Scotland); Rubenesque (Kudos/Pirate); Taggart, Rebus (SMG Television Productions)
Top ↑Ben Winger (local boy)
Ben trained at Queen Margaret University. He is an actor, director and sometime collaborator and has worked with theatre companies throughout Scotland.
Previous productions include; Calum’s Road (NTS/Communicado) The Cone Gatherers (APA), Juicy Fruits (Oran Mor/Paines Plough), Gideon and the Wooden Toppers (The Martians), Pinocchio (The Arches), Decky does a bronco (Grid Iron), Huxley’s Lab (Grid Iron/Lung Ha’s), Moby Dick (Spymonkey), Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew (Bard in the Botanics), The Butler Did it!? The Musical (Handsome Chin)
Top ↑Stephan Tait (local boy)
Stephan has been a company member with Lung Ha’s since 2007. Productions with Lung Ha’s include: Can We Live With You? (Edinburgh and Glasgow 2008); Il Panico di Pantalone (Scottish tour and Paris 2009); Dangerously, Yours… (Edinburgh and Glasgow, 2009) Huxley’s Lab, a coproduction with Grid Iron Theatre Company,(CATS Award for Best Ensemble Production 2009-2010) (Edinburgh 2010); Chekhov Shorts (Scottish Tour 2010); Around the World in 80 Days (Glasgow and Edinburgh 2011); Medea’s Children (Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Unga Klara, Stockholm 2011); Antigone, a co-production with National Youth Orchestras of Scotland Futures (Edinburgh and Glasgow 2012); Un Petit Moliere (Edinburgh 2013); The Hold, a collaboration with National Museums Scotland (National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh 2014).
Stephan is also a hospital radio volunteer/DJ at Radio Lollipop in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh (RHSC), a football coach for the Mayfield Primary girls football team along with his care manager Colin Rose and Scott Smith who is one of his carers . Stephan is a LCIL Champion which is part of the Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living and was set up to campaign and give disabled people a voice over issues that matter to them. Stephan is also a DJ every 8 weeks in the Cavendish nightclub as part of a club night for people with disabilities in Edinburgh.
Top ↑Writer – Paula Salminen
Paula Salminen, born 1977, is a Finnish playwright and dramaturg who graduated from the Finnish Theatre Academy in 2003 and has since worked as a freelance writer for theatre, radio and television. Although Salminen, who began writing plays at the age of nine, has worked on numerous projects, 13 Sunken Years was her first full-length, non-adaptation work to be performed at a professional theatre. It premiered at the Finnish National Theatre in March 2012. Salminen is currently working on three new plays, as well as editing and writing a book on dramaturgy and co-founding a new collective for children’s theatre.
Top ↑Translator – Eva Buchwald
Eva studied at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at the University of London. She is a dramaturg at the Finnish National Theatre where her role includes developing new Finnish writing and seeking international work for the programme. Eva also adapts work for the stage, most recently Dostoevsky’s Idiot (2010) and the Finnish novel Over Dark Waters by Peter Franzen (2012). Eva has also translated over a dozen Finnish plays into English. Many of these, such as Juha Jokela’s Fundamenlist, Sirkku Peltola’s Finnhorse and Sofi Oksanen’s Purge and have enjoyed readings or productions in the UK and USA. Her translation of Sirkku Peltola’s Happy to Stand opened at ACT (graduate programme) in San Francisco in October 2012. She has recently completed the translation of Paavo Westerberg’s They Don’t Live Here Anymore and is currently working on a stage adaptation of Ian McEwan’s Saturday for the Finnish National Theatre.
Top ↑Director – Maria Oller
Maria has been Lung Ha’s Theatre Company’s Artistic Director since 2009. She was born in Finland and trained at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris and London and at the drama Academy in Helsinki. Since then Maria has been working as an actress and director in theatre, film and TV in Scandinavia and the UK. Maria’s most recent productions for Lung Ha’s Theatre Company are The Hold by Adrian Osmond (in collaboration with National Museums of Scotland), Un Petite Moliere by Morna Pearson, Antigone by Adrian Osmond ( in collaboration with National Youth Orchestras of Scotland), Huxley’s Lab by Ben Harrison (in collaboration with Grid Iron Theatre Company), Checkhov Shorts by Carol Rocamora.
Maria is also a member of the Hearts&Minds Clowndoctor and Elderflower team.
Top ↑Associate Director – Molly Innes
Molly is a regular on the Scottish stage and has most recently appeared in Stellar Quines’ production Dare to Care at the Traverse and on tour. She has also recently appeared in the Royal Lyceum Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland co-productions of The Guid Sisters and 27. She also played Virginia Madden in Stellar Quines/ Royal Lyceum Theatre Company production of Age of Arousal and was part of the Royal Lyceum Company for Takin’ Over the Asylum, The Marriage of Figaro, Faust Parts 1 & 2 and their Fringe production A Wondrous Flitting. Molly has also regularly worked with the Traverse Theatre and the National Theatre of Scotland.
Her film credits include the award winning Ratcatcher, and Afterlife. Television credits include Holby City, Taggart and Rebus.
Molly is also a writer and was chosen as one of the Traverse Fifty and her play Mother Ease will be performed as one of the Traverse Breakfast Plays at Fringe 2014.
Top ↑Artistic Director – Muriel Romanes
Muriel has over thirty years of experience in theatre both as an actor and director. She was Associate Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh and is one of the co-founders of Stellar Quines theatre company, where she has been Artistic Director since 1996. Her many directorial credits include The Clearing by Helen Edmondson, The Reel of The Hanged Man by Jeanne-Mance Delisle, Sweet Fanny Adams in Eden by Judith Adams, the critically acclaimed The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson and the world premier of Three Thousand Troubled Threads by Chiew Siah Tei.
In February 2007 Muriel co-directed The Unconquered by Torben Betts, which was presented in Scotland and New York. She then went on to direct Judith Adam’s theatrical adaptation of Muriel Spark’s The Girls of Slender Means which played at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2009. Muriel won the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland Best Director award for Stellar Quines’ production Age of Arousal by Canadian playwright Linda Griffiths, which was a co-production with the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh.
In 2012 Muriel directed The List, a one woman play starring Maureen Beattie, at the Edinburgh Fringe and won a Fringe First and a Herald Angel and the Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland for Best Production. It was then restaged at the Fringe in 2013 and was a sell out success for a second year.
Muriel and Maria initiated conversations about a co-production of 13 Sunken Years with the writer and the Finnish National Theatre and they co-directed Rehearsal Room 19 – a live streamed rehearsed reading of 13 Sunken Years performed in Heart of Hawick.
Top ↑Designer – Jan Bee Brown
Jan Bee Brown works in theatre, film and exhibition design. Passionate about new writing Jan spent 25 years working in theatre as a designer before undertaking an MA in fine art in 2004 to develop her own practice. Jan has a portfolio career as a post feminist, collaborative artist; crossing boundaries in the arts using film and museum archives as a visual storyteller through fine art textile installation, education, curation, and exhibition design.
Theatre designs: 2013 The Idiot at the Wall for Stoirm`Og, Highland and Islands tour. Time of My Life and premier of Arrivals and Departures for Alan Ayckbourn, Stephen Joseph Theatre summer season and tour, currently at 59E59 New York. 2012 Premier of Scarborough Cinderella and The Importance of Being Earnest, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Soul Man premier of Chris Monk’s adaptation of Rigoletto for Stephen Joseph Theatre, Geordie Sinatra Live Theatre Newcastle and Stephen Joseph Theatre. 2011 Nutcracker Prince, Blithe Spirit, Marlene, Dear Uncle, Carmen, Stephen Joseph Theatre. 2009 Moonlight and Magnolias, How the Other Half Loves, Pirates of Penzance, Stephen Joseph Theatre. 2008 Premier of Jack Lear, Stephen Joseph Theatre, World. 2007 Relatively Speaking, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Summer Season and tour. 2006 Perfect Pie, Stellar Quines Theatre Company, Tron and Scottish tour. 2000 The Clearing, Stellar Quines Theatre Company, Traverse and tour.
For more information on Jan Bee Brown’s theatre design and solo exhibitions or to contact her visit www.janbeebrown.co.uk