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The Sauna (Teatteri Metamorfoosi in association with From Start to Finnish)

By | Published on Friday 17 August 2018

It is exciting to see a show that is implicitly rather than overtly feminist, exploring the condition of being a woman. Based on Finnish mythology, ‘The Sauna’ followed the memories of an old woman who is preparing to die, looking at different stages in her life through physicality, sound effects and props. I quickly stopped noticing that there were no words: the masks were surprisingly expressive and the emotion conveyed in the eyes was incredible, while the live foley-style sound effects added a cinematic layer to the performance. Whilst there was no clear plotline, this was a very special piece of theatre that should be seen by both adults and children.

Summerhall, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Ela Portnoy]