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16.2.2016 Timja Titta Shemeikka
The Helsinki Gay Theatre
Association was established autumn 2007. The purpose of the HGT association is
to support the theatre field of the sexual minorities, and enhance equality in
the society through the art of theater performing. The productions of
gayartists are popularised by the HGT association.
The HGT association
doesn’t own a permanent venue, yet the location is chosen depending on the
production. HGT prepares 2-3 premieres per year. The association
doesn’t own regular staff. The
association has been active and running for 7 years, and has 30 members.
Helsinki Gay Theatre is an amateur theater, that has established its status as
a major actor building the identity of the Finnish gaycommunity in Finland.
The theatre started actively working during the autumn
2006. The first play was called Sopimus (An Agreement) and it was adapted from
the comic series ”Kermaleivoksia” (Cream Puffs) made by Ralf König. The play got good reviews and was largely noticed in the Finnish
By the end of the summer
2007, after establishing the HGT association, the theatre started rehearsing
its second production. The play ”Paljastuksia” (Exposed) was about
coming-out stories and how those stories are received among one’s loved ones. ”Paljastuksia”
was premiered in January 2008, and it was performed 3 times. In the summer 2008
it was performed 4 times on the stage of Takomo-teatteri during Helsinki Pride
The third production was called ”Olitko Sinä? - Homomman
Suomen historia” (Was it You? – The history of gay Finland) was premiered on
19th of March 2009. The twelve plays took place both in spring and summertime
in Studio Krunikka.
On March 2010 a farce by
Brandon Thomas, ”Charley’s Aunt” was performed.
–crime play (The Final Cut) was performed in Kokoteatteri from 19th of March
’til 4th of April in 2011.
Helsinki Gay Theatre celebrated its 5-year-old history in
January 2012. During the same year, spring 2012 national premiere of ”Kun
Jonkun Löytää” (Harvey Fierstein: Torch Song Trilogy) was a huge success!
In 2013, two national premieres had opening nights:
”Corpus Christi” by Terrence Mc Nally, as well as ”Viinakortti” –play (The
Liquor Card) written by Sami Hilvo. On 19th of March 2014, ”Edward II” by Christopher Marlove was premiered.
In May 2014 HGT made
history by touring the cities of Helsinki, Turku, Jyväskylä and Tampere with the ”Viinakortti”-play!
In the next autumn, Paul
Rudnick’s ”Jeffrey” got its national premiere. The play was re-premiered 10
more times on spring 2015 due to public demand. The autumn 2015,
”Homokansan Lauluja” (The Songs by the Gays) was premiered.
theatre is currently
rehearsing for the upcoming Eurogames 2016 with a first ever gay
nusical in Finland "The Land Of The Midnight Fun". Also, a movie
(The Tasty Bite) celebrating their history of 10 years, is currently in
THE VALUES OF HELSINKI
GAY THEATRE ASSOCIATION :
WE ARE POLITICAL AND OWN
A SENSE OF COMMUNITY
* Being gay is good.
* Three (or more) is a
* If you want something,
you have to give something.
* Onward with the gay
WE ARE BRAVE AND TALK
* Dare to take risks,
eventhough it would hurt.
* Believe in the act of
doing, not necessarily the act of gods.
* Dare to give
everything you’ve got.
* Come as you are and
make a first impression yet to remember.
* Breathe freely.
* Speak up, you’re only
telling the truth.
WE ARE INNOVATIVE AND
* Let the light bulb be
lit, burst the bubble.
* A world without
colours is not the world we know.
* A model of ”Planned
economy of 5-year-implementation” is being used.
* No homo gathers no moss.
* Our generations take
after one another.
WE ARE HUMOUROUS &
* Play and laughter
brings only good to the economy
* Too much ”that good
stuff” is just enough!
* Our treasurer, Impi Pihinen, is a good gal when
handling money. That’s why joy and
balanced books go hand-in-hand.
* A nickel in theatres
box means the temple of Thalia is filled with cocks.
The association also organizes Kulttuurikaappi –cultural
Without a doubt, the gay theatre has a valid need in
today’s theatre field.
The aim of the
association is to establish its activity. The HGT Association is a member of
SHT, the Finnish Union of Amateurtheatres.
BECOME A MEMBER
Send your e-mail with a title Jäsenhakemus (Member
Application) to firstname.lastname@example.org . The board will process the applications. For the season
2015-2016 the HGT membership fee is 70 euros. The deposit can be made with two
payments, 35 euros each.
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