Every August the annual Fringe Festival and Edinburgh International Festival turn the capital of Scotland into a world of arts and culture for three weeks. This autumn, following the success previous years, the Finnish-British collaboration From-Start-to-Finnish brings four productions to the Fringe Festival.
From-Start-to-Finnish is a co-operation concept set up by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland and implemented by The Pleasance Theatre and Ace Production, bringing Finnish works to the UK and British works to Finland.
Tragedy and comedy meet as Helga invites us into her world, from the mundane details of her day to the fabulous memories of her life, skillfully performed by international circus artist Henni Kervinen and directed by Jenni Kallo, Artistic Director of the renowned Kallo Collective.
13:30 (50 MIN) August 3 – 27
C South Main Theatre
Is the world out of joint? Who is torturing whom? How does it feel to be poor? Why is the water calling out? Where are you now, Woyzeck? A new play by award-winning Finnish playwright/director Jari Juutinen, based loosely on Büchner’s classic Woyzeck. A theatrical kaleidoscope and a mixture of a TV game show, interrogation and a Kafkaesque nightmare, it asks where the world is going now as we define our neighbours by color, religion, nationality – or just our day-to-day prejudices or intuitions.
17:45 (75 MIN) August 6-27
Summerhall Old Lab
First relax, enjoying one of two sparkling comedies about first dates in restaurants from prolific Finnish screenwriter John Lundsten. Then participate in a session of super-sonic, high-energy, lowrisk speed-dating hosted by our actors. The perfect way to find that soul mate/casual partner/festival pal, or simply experience some encounters with random fellow humans in a congenial setting. All genders and ages (18+) welcome!
19:45 (75 MIN), August 2-27
Summerhall Library Gallery
Tahrir Square, 2011. The Arab Spring. Twenty two-year old Ramy Essam stood singing battle songs with hundreds of thousands of other protesters, insisting on the resignation of President Mubarak. He became an iconic representation of the Egyptian people. Since then the violent events of the revolution have had a drastic impact on Ramy’s life and values. Today, he is exiled in Finland and Sweden, where he was offered sanctuary. He now tours internationally with his songs about democracy and peace. This is a live report where the audience gets to meet Ramy and takes part in his story.
20:40 (75 MIN), August 2-13
Summerhall Red Lecture Theatre