Over 100 performances in Finland!

Trench Road

This Show Is a Classic!

Trench Road premiered in 2014 and became Red Nose Company’s breakthrough work. It ́s a story of a man who runs to save his marriage, the fragile dreams we all have and most importantly — LOVE.

The audiences and the critics loved the show. It was invited to various festivals and has been touring Finland ever since.

Trench Road begins with a man stunned by divorce. He wants another chance with his wife and decides to get his family a dream house. This mission gets him into situations that just become more and more absurd. The clowns thrust themselves into the wonderful and horrible moments of domestic life, even revealing details of their own personal life. What would you do to save your marriage? The performance is spiced up with live music: the actors perform rock classics from Neil Young to U2 and Johnny Cash.

Kari Hotakainen is one of the most notable current Finnish writers. His novel Trench Road won both the Finlandia prize in 2002 and the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2004. It reveals the essence of the Finnish way of life and mentality, with a gentle touch of irony. Kari Hotakainen is also the author of the memoirs of Kimi Räikkönen (2018).

Duration: 1,5 – 2 hrs (incl. Intermission if wanted)
Age recommendation: For adults and young people 14 and up
Language: Finnish & English

TRENCH ROAD (ENGLISH) from Red Nose Company on Vimeo.


Cast: Timo Ruuskanen and Tuukka Vasama
Director by: Otso Kautto
Dramaturgy: Timo Ruuskanen and Tuukka Vasama
Text: Kari Hotakainen
English translation: Nely Keinänen
Costume Designer: Tuomas Lampinen
Light Design and Touring Manager Jere Kolehmainen

Production: Niina Bergius, Anna Jauhola & Mika Vainio / Red Nose Company
Coproduction with: Teatteri Quo Vadis
Premiere: January 24, 2014, Theatre Avoimet Ovet, Helsinki

Festivals: Tampere Theatre Festival, Hango Teaterträff, Kajaanin Runoviikko poem festival, Lain§uojattomat theater festival
On Tour: Over 100 performances in Finland during 2014-2019, still touring


”The audience laughs from the very beginning to the end. The actors improvise and build a good connection with the spectators. An absolutely fun, lovely performance.”
– Satakunnan Kansa -newspaper

“If you don’t know whether to laugh or cry, it’s better to do both at the same time. Just great!”
– Spectator

“Brightest, funniest and the most insightful theater.”
— Theatre and Dance- magazine

“I’ve never laughed this much in theatre.”
– Spectator


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.


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