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SEASIDE
PRISON

Participatory experience about life under siege

Helsinki June 29 – July 4, 2021

Finland is under occupation. You live in Marienhamn, on the Åland Islands. The city has become an open-air prison. Once in a while it is bombed. You stare at the sea. There is a wedding coming. You have to make everything out of it – it could be the last time you celebrate with family and friends.

Seaside Prison is an immersive experience for 8-16 participants. It takes place in an alternative reality where Åland is like Gaza. We use the method of larp in a black box theatre environment. You don’t need to have previous larp experience or prepare for the event. Our workshop will give you all the tools you need.

Seaside Prison is a Palestinian-Finnish-Norwegian collaboration.

More about larp

Runs

Duration: 4-5 hours (including
workshop and contextualization)

Helsinki, Theatre Universum
June 29 – July 4, 2021

Credits

Project Lead
Kaisa Kangas

Larp Design
Kaisa Kangas, Martin Nielsen,
Mohamad Rabah

Light Design
Essi Santala

Sound Design
Hannu Niemi

Projection Design
Joona Pettersson

Production Assistant
Syksy Räsänen

Photos
Katri Lassila

Website
Iines Partanen


The production has been financially supported by Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Our previous work

Praise for the previous Palestinian-Finnish larp production Halat hisar:

“Halat hisar was my best and most intensive larp experience.”
– Jussi Ahlroth (Finnish player), HS Kulttuuri, 20.8.2016

“My reaction tells of the power of Halat hisar. A blurry yet scarily real image of living under occupation, under constant threat of violence, had taken a grip of my heart during the weekend.”
– Venla Leimu, Finnish player

“For me the game was a mirror of what my life seemed like looking from far away. Sometimes when you’re living in a unique situation, you stop perceiving things that are happening around you and to you as abnormal.”
– Zeid Khalil, Palestinian player

“I am absolutely privileged to have had the opportunity to be a part of this great work and I am so looking forward to more challenging, self-awakening experiences with larp.”
– Basel Irshaid, Palestinian player

“This contradiction of feelings and the conflicted projections that kept coming as the game unfolded made me open my eyes [...] and also try to look at my situation as a Palestinian living under the occupation in a different, absurd sense rather than as a reality.”
– Bisan Samamra, Palestinian player