up Puppetland, here comes Salminen!
up Puppetland, here comes Salminen! (Herätys Nukkemaa,
täältä tulee Salminen!) is a show about being
a refugee and surviving in a foreign place. The show is an
innovative communal theatre show, where both locals
(Finnish) and immigrants encounter their prejudices. The
show tells the story of Salminen, the most ordinary Finnish
man, who had to leave his homeland and seek for refuge in
Puppetland. In the new country Salminen has to overcome the
harsh immigration byrocracy, the ignorance of local puppet
citizens, but also his own old patterns of thought. Can his
cultural difference become a social richness?
Ishmael Falke, Jussi Salminen
show was performed in the refugee centers across Finland as
well as at many cultural events and festivals during 2009.
from a review in Turun Sanomat:
theatrical fairy tale teases the artificial concept of
from a review in Kymen Sanomat:
encounters in Puppetland the same prejudices and rejection
as his refugee colleagues when arriving in Finland. At the
same time a kind push is given to the Finnish immigration