May 15 2013

The Romantics

poetry and jazz summer special 2013

A Poetry & Jazz summer special!
11 June 2013
6 p.m. @ Arkadia International Bookshop, Helsinki


The Old WillowJohn Clare
   perf. by Jessica Calonius
My letters! all dead paperElizabeth Barrett Browning
   perf. by Zoë Chandler
DarknessLord Byron
   perf. by Jessica Calonius
Gymnopédie No. 1 (part 1)Eric Satie
   perf. by Silva Artto
Song of Fairies Robbing an OrchardJames Henry Leigh Hunt
   perf. by Zoë Chandler
Ode to a NightingaleJohn Keats
   perf. by John Leo
Gymnopédie No. 1 (part 2)Eric Satie
   perf. by Silva Artto
False Poets and TrueThomas Hood
   perf. by Zoë Chandler
Kubla KhanSamuel Taylor Coleridge
   perf. by Jessica Calonius
OzymandiasPercy Bysshe Shelley
   perf. by Zoë Chandler
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,
    Part IISamuel Taylor Coleridge
   perf. by John Leo
När det skymmerCarl-Bertil Agnestig
   perf. by Silva Artto
Come, Send Round the WineThomas Moore
   perf. by Zoë Chandler
The Stolen BoatWilliam Wordsworth
   perf. by Jessica Calonius
On the Grasshopper and the CricketJohn Keats
   perf. by John Leo
Thirty-eightCharlotte Turner Smith
   perf. by Zoë Chandler
A Red, Red RoseRobert Burns
   perf. by Jessica Calonius
Why Was Cupid a Boy?William Blake
   perf. by Zoë Chandler

Music Silva Artto piano

Mar 6 2013

Believe It or Not!

poetry and jazz spring 2013

12, 19 & 26 March 2013
7 p.m. @ Arkadia International Bookshop, Helsinki


Spring LightJohn Leo
Hallelujah, the Kind Human SpiritMikael Kivimäki
   perf. by Marietta Chela
Believe It or NotTiina Isoviita
Sonnet CXXXWilliam Shakespeare
   perf. by Zoë Chandler
SummerLauri Kivi-Koskinen
Sweet delight or endless night?William Blake, Lewis Carroll
   & Ulf Persson
   perf. by Ulf Persson
When I Learned to FlyTiina Isoviita
Black Stone on Top of a White StoneCésar Vallejo
   perf. by Zoë Chandler
Amazing GraceJohn Newton
   perf. by Stina Halmetoja
Walk Easy in This PlaceJohn Leo
Grown-Up TalkKatherine Mansfield
   perf. by Marietta Chela
The Future HistorianZoë Chandler
The EdgeMox Mäkelä, trans. Lola Rogers,
   perf. by Anna Rawlings
It’s Only a Paper MoonHarold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg
   & Billy Rose
   perf. by Stina Halmetoja
From January to JanuaryTiina Isoviita
LonelinessKatherine Mansfield
   perf. by Marietta Chela
Before the World Was MadeWilliam Butler Yeats
   perf. by Zoë Chandler
Hiawatha’s PhotographingLewis Carroll
   perf. by Jessica Calonius
It Ain’t Necessarily SoGeorge & Ira Gershwin
   perf. by Stina Halmetoja
BelievableTiina Isoviita
From MacbethWilliam Shakespeare
   perf. by Ulf Persson
The EndsongMikael Kivimäki
   perf. by Marietta Chela
Words: A Backward GlanceJohn Leo
A Brief Assay into the Nature
   of HellZoë Chandler

Production Zoë Chandler
Music Stina Halmetoja piano & vocals

Sep 19 2012


poetry and jazz autumn 2012

2, 9 & 16 October 2012
7 p.m. @ OLD Arkadia International Bookshop, Helsinki


FutilityWilfred Owen
   perf. by John Leo
DistractionTiina Isoviita
After the FuneralZoë Chandler
Ev'ry Time We Say GoodbyeCole Porter
   perf. by Stina Halmetoja
Last Calls to the SunJohn Leo
ReplacementTiina Isoviita
The Marriage of Heaven & HellWilliam Blake
   – The Argument   perf. by Jessica Calonius
A Song at Shannon'sEdwin Arlington Robinson
   perf. by Zoë Chandler
The Lady is a TrampRichard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
   perf. by Stina Halmetoja
Long-legged FlyWilliam Butler Yeats
   perf. by John Leo
Twist and TurnTiina Isoviita
Thoughts About WhateverLauri Kivi-Koskinen
ForgetfulnessHarold Hart Crane
   perf. by Zoë Chandler
Stormy WeatherHarold Arlen & Ted Koelher
   perf. by Stina Halmetoja
Watching the OceanJohn Leo
Twirls and TidesTiina Isoviita
Fingerprint on the MirrorZoë Chandler
The Owl and the Pussy-CatEdward Lear
   perf. by Jessica Calonius
He's So UnusualA. Sherman, A. Lewis & A. Silver
   perf. by Stina Halmetoja
From HamletWilliam Shakespeare
   perf. by John Leo
27Tiina Isoviita
From The TempestWilliam Shakespeare
   perf. by Jessica Calonius
Post-modern DyingZoë Chandler

Direction Zoë Chandler
Music Stina Halmetoja piano & vocals

Apr 22 2012

Understandings & Misunderstandings

poetry and jazz spring 2012

2, 9 & 16 May 2012
7 p.m. @ Arkadia International Bookshop, Helsinki


And There Will Come Soft RainJohn Leo
ShiftTiina Isoviita
The GardenLola Ridge
   perf. by Zoë Chandler
The CloudPercy Bysshe Shelley
   perf. by Jessica Calonius
MinersLucie Niemelä
In Your SystemTiina Isoviita
Dirty WindowsZoë Chandler
From UlyssesJames Joyce
   perf. by John Leo
Eyes at WarLucie Niemelä
Hunt Me Down and Tear Me OpenTiina Isoviita
My Grandmother's Love LettersHarold Hart Crane
   perf. by Zoë Chandler
Turning Darkness into LightJohn Leo
Into the Drunken Light AgainJohn Leo
LoveLauri Kivi-Koskinen
(When Others Don't) You DareLucie Niemelä
CredibilityTiina Isoviita
Erase and RewindZoë Chandler
The August ThunderJohn Leo
After the August RainJohn Leo
Apologies PendingLucie Niemelä
Mirror Sides and PerceptionsTiina Isoviita
BombardmentD. H. Lawrence
   perf. by Jessica Calonius
VoyagesJohn Leo
My Three LovesHenry S. Leigh
   perf. by Chantelle Foxx
Thank You For Not SmokingZoë Chandler
   perf. by Zoë Chandler & John Leo

Direction Zoë Chandler
Music Lucie Niemelä piano & vocals

Oct 11 2011

Bouncers & Shakers

Bouncer and Shakers by John Godber and Jane Thornton

I’ll be appearing as Nicki in the The Finn-Brit Players‘ upcoming double bill:

Shakers by John Godber & Jane Thornton
Bouncers by John Godber

10, 11, 14 & 16 November @ 7 p.m.
12 & 13 November @ 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Luckan, Simonkatu 8, Helsinki

Welcome back to the 80s! It’s Friday night and guys and gals all around town are getting dolled up for their big night out. There’ll be drinking, there’ll be dancing, there’ll be tantrums.

Join us on the hilarious journey through a chaotic Friday night as seen through the eyes of the cocktail bar waitresses and the nightclub bouncers.

They promise to make you laugh!

Directed by: Joan Nordlund & Beth Morton.

Cast: Zoë Chandler, Stina Halmetoja, Christian Jull, Pieter Ketelings, Haylie Lehtovaara, Niko Lindell, Daniel McMullen & Anna Rawlings.

Tickets available here.

Sep 19 2011

Memorable Moments

poetry and jazz autumn 2011

27 September, 4 & 11 October 2011
7 p.m. @ Arkadia International Bookshop, Helsinki


A ThousandMarietta Chela
Kubla KhanSamuel Taylor Coleridge

   perf. by Jessica Calonius
Suicide at the New MallZoë Chandler
The Man Who Saw
   (for Jack & Darwin)John Leo
The TruthTiina Isoviita
False ProtectionTeea Aarnio
The Day of JudgementJonathan Swift

   perf. by Tuuli Tahko
Drowning in my DreamsTiina Isoviita
Single BrideZoë Chandler
Again and AgainRainer Maria Rilke

   perf. by Marietta Chela
The RavenEdgar Allan Poe

   perf. by Johan Bolin
A RockTeea Aarnio
Some significant and defining
   moments in my lifeLauri Kivi-Koskinen
My BirthdayGeorge Crabbe

   perf. by Tuuli Tahko
Family ReunionMarietta Chela
Happy 30thTiina Isoviita
Meta-haikuZoë Chandler
The Every DaysBeth Morton

   perf. by Maria Kuuskoski
FreefallTeea Aarnio
Ten Easy PiecesJohn Leo
HopeEdith Södergran

   perf. by Marietta Chela
JabberwockyLewis Carroll

   perf. by Johan Bolin
Thirteen Ways of Saying 'I Love You’Zoë Chandler

Direction Zoë Chandler
Music Teea Aarnio piano & vocals

Mar 6 2011

Nostalgia & Now

poetry and jazz spring 2011

15, 22 & 29 March 2011
7 p.m. @ Arkadia International Bookshop, Helsinki


A BirthdayChristina Rossetti

   perf. by Marietta Chela
Craving For SpringD. H. Lawrence

   perf. by Jessica Calonius
Segâh TaksimJohn Millar
A GuesthouseJalal Ad-din Rumi

   perf. by Marietta Chela
That NightTiina Isoviita
The Milk Tastes FunnyZoë Chandler
The Fraud of MenWilliam Shakespeare

   perf. by Marietta Chela
My Favourite TattooTiina Isoviita
Madam Luminita's 21st Century Tarot #1Zoë Chandler
Legacy of the Snow Country:
   Ryōkan's RefrainJohn Leo
This is not a Shakuhachi, but...John Millar
The Birth of OperaGerald Steinmetz
I Attempt From Love’s Sickness to Flylyrics John Dryden

music Henry Purcell

   perf. by Gerald Steinmetz
The Opening ShoresJohn Leo
Madam Luminita's 21st Century Tarot #2Zoë Chandler
Down By the Salley GardensW.B. Yeats

   perf. by Marietta Chela
In the Present TenseTiina Isoviita
Unlocking the presentJohn Millar
Sweet Endings Come and Go, LoveGeorge Eliot

   perf. by Marietta Chela
Mau, the Master NavigatorJohn Leo
Happy Birthday Dear FacebookLauri Kivi-Koskinen
When I Am Dead, My DearestChristina Rossetti

   perf. by Marietta Chela
Madam Luminita's 21st Century Tarot #3Zoë Chandler

Direction Zoë Chandler
Music John Millar on clarinet

Feb 28 2011

The Birthday Party

The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter

Staged Reading of The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter

25 March 2011
7 p.m. @ The Finnish-British Society, Fredrikinkatu 20 A, Helsinki

After the success of The Open Circuit and Old Times, The Finn-Brit Players’ Harold Pinter Project continues with a staged reading of The Birthday Party.

One of the most famous flops in recent theatrical history at its first London performance in 1958, The Birthday Party is now revered as a classic popular drama with deep political resonance. The characters in the seaside boarding house are all people Harold Pinter had come across.

The repartee is hilarious and vicious in turn, the dialogue mundane, descriptive, reflective, witty, threatening: the play is described as brilliant, baffling and bizarre.

It reflects Pinter’s obsession with power politics and the capacity of the human spirit to resist total submission. As he said of Petey’s line towards the end of the play:

‘Stan, don’t let them tell you what to do’ – “I’ve lived that line all my life”.

The cast includes Stewart Gray, Angie Hämäläinen, Mark Durrant, Zoë Chandler, Jonathan Hutchings and Daniel McMullen. The reading is directed by Joan Nordlund and stage-managed by Beth Morton.

Wine and snacks will be served.

Feb 4 2011

Old Times

Kate and Anna

Staged Reading of Old Times by Harold Pinter

18 February 2011
7 p.m. @ The Finnish-British Society, Fredrikinkatu 20 A, Helsinki

After the success of The Open Circuit, The Finn-Brit Players will be presenting a staged reading of Old Times by Harold Pinter, as part of their ongoing Pinter Project.

“A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.”

Harold Pinter

There are those whose lives are deeply rooted in the past; others keep one foot planted firmly in the future. Between the two rages a battle to control the present. Harold Pinter’s Old Times suspends Kate between her stimulating London days with her only friend Anna, and her quiet homelife in the country with her husband Deeley – challenging her to choose between nostalgia and now.

The cast includes Zoë Chandler, Jonathan Hutchings and Angie Hämäläinen, and will be directed by Jakob Holder.


Jan 17 2011

The Open Circuit

The Open Circuit by Jakob Holder

Staged Reading of The Open Circuit by Jakob Holder

29 January 2011
7 p.m. @ The Finnish-British Society, Fredrikinkatu 20 A, Helsinki

The Finn-Brit Players will present a staged reading of The Open Circuit – the newest play by Jakob Holder, an award winning US playwright.

The Open Circuit tells the story of a relationship under pressure. As outside influences – a cynical brother’s advice, a curious doctor’s tests, a nosey neighbour’s intrusions, and a psychic’s cryptic warnings – begin to take fierce effect, Karl and Paula are forced to stock up and fortify.

Though he has been coming to Finland for over a decade, this is the first time Jakob’s work will be seen here. The cast includes Zoë Chandler, Mark Durrant, Jonathan Hutchings, Maria Kuuskoski, Daniel McMullan, and Beth Morton, and will be directed by the author.

Visit the Finn-Brit Players’ website.