From Start to Finnish is an international showcase project that taps into Finland’s astonishing performing arts tradition by presenting successful Finnish artists and works at Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This year’s showcase consists of five vastly different but equally thought-provoking and entertaining performances.
Kvartetto is a dance performance created by choreographer Kati Raatikainen and her team. The dancers are all labelled as “learning disabled”. The performance is a gentle yet radical comment on the right of people classified as intellectually disabled to be regarded as dancers, performers and participants in society – as people with senses, desires and yearnings.
Receptionists by Kallo Collective a physical comedy about two service-minded professionals eager to attend to the needs of their customers, even if everything does not always go as planned…
Actor Hanna Vahtikari examines the expectations and portrayals of “perfect motherhood” in Raging Mother. The show challenges myths of motherhood and aims to shake them up, showing the woman as simply a human being who just happens to be a mother, too.
In Lion – The Weird and Magical Abracadabra Circus Show, Marc Gassot brings the full range of his talent to the stage in serving up a funny yet slightly dangerous family-friendly show.
Finally, Johnny Got His Gun takes the audience to the other end of the emotional spectrum with a powerful monologue based on the 1939 novel by Dalton Trumbo, where WWI soldier Joe recounts the brutality of war. This call for peace lands heavily in the midst of the crisis our world is currently facing.
Kvartetto, August 17–18, 20–21, and 23–24. Tickets £10–£13. More information and booking here.
Receptionists, every day but Mondays between August 3 and August 28. Tickets £8–£13. More information and booking here.
Raging Mother, August 5–7, 9–14, and 16–20. Tickets £10–£12. More information and booking here.
Lion, August 3–14 and 16–21. Tickets £11–£15. More information and booking here.
Johnny Got His Gun, August 5–7, 9–14, 16–21, and 23–28. Tickets £10–£12. More information and booking here.