Words: Caitlin Finnerty
Them is a captivating exploration of battling toxic masculinity, laced with dry humour that invites knowing smiles. A part of From Start to Finnish—an international showcase project that highlights Finland’s remarkable performing arts tradition, it tackles the question of living authentically while suppressing crucial aspects of oneself. The performance presents real interviews and personal tales, revealing the struggles against societal norms, the thrill of self-discovery, the consequences of misused power, and the weight of hidden emotions.
Four talented women from Iceland and Finland dominate the stage, crafting a dynamic physical theatre experience. As the audience enters to the harmonious and apologetic blend of “welcome” and “sorry,” the stage is set for an exploration of gender dynamics.
Them celebrates authenticity while poking good-natured fun at the vulnerability of traditional masculinity. Employing suits as symbolic metaphors, the performance delves into the complexities of masculinity, with a dash of sarcasm and a playful wink as if saying, “we’re all in on it.”
Prepare for an illuminating rollercoaster of truth interwoven with clever storytelling, physicality and dry humour.
Pleasance Dome, King Dome
13, 15-20, 22-27 Aug