From start to Finnish at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019

From start to Finnish at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019

Every August the annual Festival Fringe and Edinburgh International Festival turn the capital of Scotland into a world of arts and culture for three weeks. This autumn, as previous years, the Finnish-British collaboration From Start to Finnish brings five productions to the Festival Fringe. We've listed some below.

The Desk
Photo: Noomi Ljungdell

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.

Building on the phenomenal interest in performing art from Finland and the Nordic region, From Start to Finnish is an international showcase project that taps into Finland’s astonishing performing arts tradition by presenting successful Finnish artists and works at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.



One teacher. Five students. Five desks. A powerfully compelling show about dogma. Inspired by personal experience of a cult, this meticulous ensemble piece explores the seductive power of discipline, hierarchy and the search for an ultimate truth.

August 2–25, at 11:35 (60 min)

Summerhall Old Lab



A beautiful wordless dialogue between Iraqi traditional music and Finnish contemporary dance. The piece touchingly draws out the human experience and the consequences of an increasingly restrictive asylum policy.

August 8­­­­­–25, at 13:05 (40 min)

Summerhall Old Lab



Honey, single mother of four (and a half), seeks control, agency, confirmation and solvency from mother, daughter, friends...and men. Psychotherapy fails: time for a different treatment! Will she find what she's looking for? Eleven dysfunctional characters in one body.

August 4–25, at 16:30 (60 min)

ZOO Playground 1



Your daughter is missing. You hear voices. They guide you. They haunt you. Will you surrender to them? Or will you shine? An immersive psychological thriller that tricks the mind into feeling what might not be there.

August 4–26, at 19:45 (60 min, no shows on 6.8., 13.8. & 20.8.)

ZOO Southside Studio



Is female ejaculation the last taboo? Performance about sexuality and desires, based on interviews with women from various backgrounds. Through a personal journey, the performance creates safe space for self-discovery and explores the collective experience of female sexuality

August 3–24, at 20:55 (60 min)

Summerhall Red Lecture Theatre


More information on festival and its program can be found from event’s official websites:
Edinburgh Fringe
From Start to Finnish