Continuous Growth, which, together with My Elevator Days, forms the inaugural programme of Anglo/Finnish work being brought to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of theatrical exchange programme From Start to Finnish, has today, been awarded a ‘Fringe First’ by The Scotsman which recognises outstanding new work.
Produced by Ryhmätetatteri (The Groupe Theatre) and written by Esa Leskinen and Sami Keski–Vähälä, Continuous Growth is a timely comedy about work and productivity and forms a loose sequel to their other work, The Overcoat (staged in London for the first time earlier this year). The production follows the amazing and eventful story of Antero Alapylpyrä (played by Scottish actor Billy Mack, awarded The Stage award for Best Actor at the Festival Fringe 2011 for his lead role in The Overcoat) an ordinary family man and standard-issue engineer, who loses his job, starts a business, and manages to mess up the entire global economy in neverbefore-seen ways. With its deft comic touch, the play examines the need of ordinary individuals to find meaning amidst chaos, debt and a runaway global economy.
Death of a Theatre Critic staged in London for the first time (at the Pleasance Islington). This new work by Joakim Groth, which had its world premier at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe, is a dark comedy about the hardships of a theatre director. After having his latest production torn to pieces by the leading critic, the author encounters misfortune in his private life as well. Things are going downhill fast, but who has the last laugh in this macabre comedy: the director, the critic, the playwright, the talk show host…or the murderer?!
Following it’s success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011, The Overcoat toured in the Pleasance Theatre in London between April 17th and 28th. The play has been well received by the audience and the press.
‘The ensemble cast are uniformly excellent…it (the play) has charm in bucket loads and offers an imaginative and genuinely funny take on an old story…‘
The From Start to Finnish project has been officially launched today at the residence of the Finnish Ambassador in London. The Ambassador of Finland, Mr. Pekka Huhtaniemi, Johan Storgard, ACE Production, together with Anthony Alderson, Director of the Pleasance, and representatives of the Ministry of Education and Culture hosted the launch event.
The host emphasised Finland’s rich theatrical heritage and the importance of bringing Finnish productions to the UK and British works to Finland.
“The new writing and talent coming from Finland is remarkable. The country’s entire approach to theatre is not only inspiring but also valuable for the UK theatre industry as we look for quality productions, talent and ideas for the future.” says Anthony Alderson, Director of the Pleasance Theatre.
Actor Billy Mack won the Stage Award for Best Actor for his role as protagonist Akaky McKaky in The Overcoat at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011.
The Overcoat is part of the From Start to Finnish project.