Theater Saara Turunen’s Medusa Room was awarded as the best Finnish play text

The annual Lea Literary Prize was awarded this year to author and theater maker Saara Turunen.

Author and theater maker Saara Turunen was awarded the Lea Play Literature Prize for his play on Saturday Medusa’s room.

Lea is distributed annually for the best domestic play text.

Saara Turunen­

Medusa’s room quotes the language of modern feminism, and the language of play, the language of self-determination. Together, these create a new kind of openness to imagination and action, the freedom to create a stage and its language over and over again. At the same time, it identifies in a recognizable way the traits that tell us about the state of culture in our society today, ”the award criteria said.

Thirty theatrical texts premiered in 2019 took part in the Lea competition this year. The winner was chosen from among the four finalists by the director of Kajaani City Theater Helka-Maria Kinnunen.

The other three finalists were Sami Keski-Vähälä and Esa Leskinen Eleventh moment, Sirkku Peltolan Dog brides and Milja Sarkolan Harriet.

Medusa’s room premiered at Q Theater on February 21, 2019. Helsingin Sanomat in criticism it was described as follows: “Medusa’s room not late for social debate. At its core are many topics that, unfortunately, have not shifted from the present to history. A woman’s place in stories, a woman’s place in society. Both women and men are limited by gender roles. How hard it is for an individual to break down repressive structures. ”

In 2015, Helsingin Sanomat’s first book award for his novel The monster of love winner Saara Turunen graduated from the Theater School in 2009. Her prose works and plays often deal with gender, power and norms and the sense of alienation they cause.

The Lea Prize is awarded by the Finnish Playwrights and Screenwriters Association. The value of the prize is 5,000 euros. The award is funded by copyright royalties collected by Kopiosto.


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