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13 Sunken Years – Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Writer: Paula Salminen

Translator: Eva Buchwald

Director: Maria Oller

Reviewer: Danielle Shields

“I think she’ll be a doctor,” the mother delights as her young child squirms underneath her duvet, her gran being the tormentor of her ticklish woes. This poignant moment from13 Sunken Yearsis one that every female can relate to, whether we are a daughter, mother or grandmother. It’s a blissful moment that will be of sentimental value to this specific family in the future, as this is a time of ideals and these ideals unfortunately deteriorate with age.

Although the Scots dialect oozes from the lips of the actors, it is easily recognisableas a play froma different culture. During a period where literary and theatrical translations are flocking to our shores it seems only fair that we should be given the chance to see the winner of the Best New Play in Finland 2012. Three generations of women each shaping the course of their three decades, Paula Salminen’s nostalgic drama traces an all-female family in a secluded Finnish village.

We are all flawed creatures and this original tale likes to make us brutally aware of that. Despite13 Sunken Yearsswitching in time, the cast effortlessly draw us into each particular moment of the Finnish town’s history. Anne Lacey is a wonder at one minute portraying an eccentric old gran, to the next walking onto the stage without a bounce in her step and a confused facial expression burned onto her skin: a powerless dementia sufferer. At some points we can’t stand the radical actions of daughter Eva {Nicola Tuxworth) towards her gran but what she does is maybe more realistic than what we would like to admit.

A poignant play and a smooth performance that gives the best of Scandinavian fiction a run for its money.

Runs until Sun 24thAug

Writer: Paula Salminen Translator: Eva Buchwald Director: Maria Oller Reviewer: Danielle Shields “I think she’ll be a doctor,” the mother delights as her young child squirms underneath her duvet, her gran being the tormentor of her ticklish woes. This poignant moment from13 Sunken Yearsis one that every female can relate to, whether we are a daughter, mother or grandmother. It’s a blissful moment that will be of sentimental value to this specific family in the future, as this is a time of ideals and these ideals unfortunately deteriorate with age. Although the Scots dialect oozes from the lips of the…

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