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. The plays chosen for the programme have been staged in Finland and are adapted to the British scenes with British actors.
The aim is to introduce Finland’s astonishing and successful approach to theatre, writing and directing, by bringing new work and adaptations to the UK and taking new British work to Finland as well as to foster strong links between the theatre industries of the UK and Finland, with the aim to develop a new, international partnership.
The programme started in 2010 with the play Death of a Theatre Critic by Joakim Groth (Svenska Teatern) and continued in 2011 with the plays The Overcoat by Esa Leskinen and Sami Keski-Vähälä (Ryhmäteatteri) and Chaos by Mika Myllyaho (Turun Kaupunginteatteri) at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
About From Start to Finnish at Kallaway Media Center.
In April and May 2012 two From Start-to-Finnish plays that had been staged at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe had their London premiere; The Overcoat by Esa Leskinen and Sami Keski-Vähälä (Ryhmäteatteri) and Death of a Theatre Critic by Joakim Groth (Svenska Teatern). At Edinburgh Fringe Festival August 2012 Continous Growth by Esa Leskinen and Sami Keski-Vähälä (Ryhmäteatteri) and My Elevator Days by Bengt Ahlfors (Svenska teatern) performed. Both plays got a good response from the audiense and the reviewers.
This year we are taking three plays to Edinburgh Fringe Festival the Mammoth by Leea Klemola (Kuopion Kaupunginteatteri), Bad Boy Eddie by Anna Krogerus (Kajaanin Kaupunginteatteri) and Preen Back Yer Lugs! based on Swedish Uprising by Anders Slotte. Read more about the plays Here.