Finnish tragedy has never been this much fun!
The Red Line
The Red Line is a story about voting, equality and the impossibility of politics – all delivered with a twinkle.
In a hilarious interpretation by the Red Nose Company of Ilmari Kianto’s classic Finnish novel, two clowns, Mike (Tuukka Vasama) and Zin (Timo Ruuskanen), take the audience on a journey through the rugged backwoods of Kainuu, armed with an electric guitar and an accordion.
Duration: 2 h, incl. intermission OR 1h 30 min, no intermission.
Recommended age: For adults and young people 14 and up.
Cast: Timo Ruuskanen and Tuukka Vasama
Directed by: Otso Kautto, Timo Ruuskanen and Tuukka Vasama
Dramaturgy: Timo Ruuskanen, Tuukka Vasama and Otso Kautto
Text: Ilmari Kianto and the crew
Light Design and Touring Manager: Jere Kolehmainen
Production: Niina Bergius & Mika Vainio / Red Nose Company
Coproduction with: Theatre Quo Vadis
Premiere: Jan 22, 2016, at Theatre Avoimet Ovet (Helsinki)
Timo Ruuskanen (b. 1973) holds a degree in acting from the Theatre Academy Helsinki. He’s based in Helsinki and does theater, television and movies. He has acted both in big theaters (the Finnish National Theatre, Helsinki City Theatre, Espoo City Theatre and Kuopio City Theatre) as well as in a number of theater groups. He specializes in clownery, improvisation and puppetry and also teaches them. He has also written and directed (several) plays.
Tuukka Vasama (b. 1978) holds a degree in acting from Theatre Acedemy Helsinki. He specializes in clownery, music, poetry, drama and live art. His monologue performances have been awarded in Germany (Thespis Monodrama Festival), Lithuania (Monobaltija Festival) and Finland. In 2018, he received the Artist of the Year Award from the City of Helsinki. He is a frequent guest on the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle’s radio programs. Besides the big city theaters, Tuukka Vasama has always worked with the independent theaters, with a focus on acting, directing and producing.
Otso Kautto (b. 1962) is a Helsinki-based writer, an awarded theater director and performing poet. In 2018 Kautto was elected director of TTT Theatre in Tampere, which is one of the three national main theaters in the country. He has directed both in big theaters as well as in small theater groups, mostly at Theatre Quo Vadis and the Finnish National Theatre. He performs his poetry in the Poetry Band and is doing his PhD studies at the Theatre Academy where his research topic is sense of ritual. He has visited festivals in Mexico, Chile, Spain, France, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Poland and Belgium.
Otso Kautto has directed three performances for Red Nose Company. Ruuskanen and Vasama have worked with Kautto regulary from 2012 and Kautto has been an important “member of the band” in the process of creating their own theatrical style.