The Really Small Theatre Company was formed in Helsinki in 2005 with a view to staging small-scale, high-quality independent productions in a variety of venues. In January 2015, we became a registered association (rekisteröity yhdistys), and we joined the Finnish Association of Amateur Theatres (Suomen Harrastajateatteriliitto) in 2016.
Our pre-registration productions include:
The Shoe-Horn Sonata by John Misto (2005 at Teatteri Jurkka);
Art by Yasmina Reza, translated into English by Christopher Hampton (2007 at various venues in Helsinki and Porvoo);
Between Mouthfuls by Alan Ayckbourn and The Form by N F Simpson (2008 at Caisa Cultural Centre as FELT IF contributions);
Doubt by John Patrick Shanley (2010 at Q-teatteri, Puoli-Q stage);
Greater Tuna by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard (2014 at Tanssiteatteri Hurjaruuth), with Christian Jull and Daniel McMullen.
Post-registration our inaugural production was The Really Small Reminiscences, comprising A Bed Among the Lentils and A Cream Cracker Under the Settee by Alan Bennett, and Reunion by David Mamet (May 2015 at Tunturikadun Vierailunäyttämö).
To maintain the momentum, the RStC gave three stage readings during 2015 and early 2016: Educating Rita, Barrymore and Ingrid. We were also proud to contribute to the Helsinki Finnish-British Society’s 90th-anniversary celebrations with a few examples of ‘British Comedy’: there will be more of the same at various venues during the Night of the Arts.
Our main production of 2016 will be The God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton (Tunturikadun Vierailunäyttämö 13-15 and 18 - 22 October, directed by Joan Nordlund). By way of a prologue we will tell the tale of Malvolio’s Downfall as chronicled in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night - our tribute to the Bard in this auspicious year. The plays feature RStC regulars Christian Jull, Daniel McMullen, and Anna Rawlings, with Marietta Chela in her second production with us. We are delighted to introduce and to welcome to our Really Small community Hosanna Megumi, who plays Olivia in Malvolio’s Downfall.
We plan to round off our second eventful year as a going concern with the production of a play we have commissioned from writer and dramatist Beth Morton, who was so inspirational during the short time she spent in Helsinki in 2011-12.
The Really Small Theatre Company is a member of Suomen Harrastajateatteriliitto (Finnish Association of Amateur Theatres).