Category Archives: Theatre

Katrina Helstein: the story of growing up in tammsaareish peat

On April 10, 2018, the play “Spring Awakening” by scandalous German playwriter Frank Wedekind premiered. The stage design of the piece is tammsaareish: the straw briquettes and peat could be considered to be a field, cultivated with work and love. That does not mean that the fourteen-year-olds and younger ones should rush to see this awakening. The shock may hit also older than fourteen-year-olds who happen to see Belgian director’s Armel Roussel’s intense and scary piece. Why this and why now? And why Vaba Lava?... Read more

Liia Svimonishvili about Estonian National Opera’s production of “My Fair Lady”

My Fair Lady, one of the most popular musicals of all times, is performed at the Estonian National Opera in Tallinn. I can guarantee you will fall in love with a beautiful story of two completely different worlds meeting with a pinch of great romantic, comic and philosophical songs and hilarious dialogues. The main characters are Henry Higgins, a scholar of phonetics, Colonel Pickering, Higgins’s friend and fellow phoneticist, and Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower seller. The main plotline starts from a bet between ambitious Higgins, stating he can make a Cockney speak like a duchess and Pickering doubting that Higgins is successful.... Read more’s weekly recommendations: 11 Dec – 17 Dec

The holiday season is approaching fast and that means the’s this week’s recommendations are quite christmassy. There are theatre, runic songs, fair atmosphere, Valga, Rapla, tennis hall and observatory, wintery folk dance, a play of the ice flowers, a bunch of literary stuff from the library and warm wishes from Pokumaa. May your week be filled with joy and pleasant experiences!... Read more

Helina Koldek on the delusions of “Mademoiselle X”

Cotard delusion is a mental disorder in which the affected person is convinced that they are dead, that they do not exist or that they have no limbs or internal organs. Simply put, it can be described as a shortage between the parts of the brain that allow us to recognize faces, to distinguish ourselves from the outside world, and to create associations between emotions and familiar faces. So it may happen that while looking at the mirror, the visible face and the Self are not associated, the consciousness exists, but it has nothing to do with the person looking back from the mirror. Such a loss of the sense of Self leads to a paradoxical dangling between being dead and being immortal, mere consciousness without a body.... Read more

Kristel Birgit Potsepp ponders upon the new Estoninan film „The End of the Chain”

„The End of the Chain” is Priit Pääsuke’s film based on Paavo Piik’s 2012 play and for me, it was maybe the most anticipated Estonian film this year. This is a tragicomical and even existential film, which takes place in the fast-food chain called Kett (Chain) and focuses on the colourful life of customers through the eyes of the customer servant. The film is divided into several chapters, sometimes even theatrical sketches, which form a consistent sequence.... Read more


I happened to read an article by communication expert Raul Rebane recently, in which he describes today’s life in Estonia as not having the ability to dream. We have reached a crisis of dreaming, he says. True, at the first glance, everything seems to be achieved and once the summit of dreams has been reached, one does not really know what to want more.... Read more