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13 Sunken Years

By: Paula Salminen

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13 Sunken Years

By: Paula Salminen

Translated by: Eva Buchwald

Directed by: Maria Oller

Co-produced by: Stellar Quines and Lung Ha Theatre Company

In association with: the Finnish National Theatre

Set in a remote Finnish town, 13 Sunken Years is the story of three generations of women who are dealing in one way or another, with loss in their lives, whilst finding strength from each other, and from the landscape that surrounds them.

The European Premiere of Finnish playwright Paula Salminen’s haunting and poignant play has been translated and edited for this production by Eva Buchwald and is presented in association with the Finnish National Theatre. It is the first co-production between two of Scotland’s leading theatre companies who champion the work of women in theatre, work with people with learning disabilities and who encourage accessibility in their work both on and off the stage.

“the play is illuminated by a bold trio of central performances”

by The Scotsman

“laced with a simmering sense of grown-up mystery”

by The Herald

“featuring extremely moving performances of sensitively-drawn characters... a truly emotive and well-balanced production”

by Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

“Nicola Tuxworth as Eva combines fragility and grace, love and hate, frustration and restraint, in a central performance of real power”

by All Edinburgh Theatre


  • Nicola Tuxworth


  • Louise Ludgate


  • Anne Lacey


  • Billy Mack

    canal lock keeper

  • Ben Winger

    local boy

  • Stephan Tait

    local boy

Creative Team

  • Paula Salminen


  • Eva Buchwald


  • Maria Oller


  • Molly Innes

    Associate Director

  • Muriel Romanes

    Artistic Director

  • Jan Bee Brown


  • Simon Wilkinson

    Lighting Designer

  • Susan Applebe


About The Show

13 Sunken Years won Best Play in Finland in 2012. It will play at Assembly Rooms during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before touring to the Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock, Paisley Arts Centre and Heart of Hawick, post-festival.

This production has been chosen as part of Made in Scotland 2014, a curated showcase of Scottish performance on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. It is a partnership between the Festival Fringe Society, the Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST), the Scottish Music Centre and Creative Scotland

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