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The Middle Eastern Bloc presents Spring ‘20 -podcast

New episode every Friday from 26th of February to 30th of April 2021 at 12 am (UTC +2).

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Listen the podcast on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/europeantheatrecollective.

The Middle Eastern Bloc presents Spring ‘20 -podcast will take you to the feelings of the spring 2020 when the first wave of the pandemic hit the world. The ten radio plays written by Europeans who belong to cultural and linguistic minorities cover both relatable personal reflections and sharp societal critiques. The podcast is in English.

Episode 1 / Jakso 1

Letters to Sea
by Jay Albaos

Voice: Amira Khalifa

Sound design: Sammy Kramer 

Director: David Kozma

Editor: Jenni Hurmerinta/ Sanattu


A student gets locked down in a student dormitory in a foreign country during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Episode 2 / Jakso 2

Rise of Covid-19 Racism is alarming

By Qasim Salaado

Voice: Yuko Takeda 

Sound design: Samy Kramer

Director: David Kozma

Editor: Jenni Hurmerinta

A short view on how politicians, media and even doctors justify their racist, xenophobic and discriminatory behaviour when they are trying to find someone to blame for Covid-19 crisis. But has racism really ever solved anything? 

Episode 3 / Jakso 3

The Sludge Puddle Rainbow

by Fjolla Hoxha

Voice: Alistair Logan

Sound design: Samy Kramer

Director: David Kozma

Editor: Jenni Hurmerinta


When facing the Covid-19 pandemic people are put under mass surveillance but asked to concentrate on inner exploration. Is there really a silver lining in the situation? 

Episode 4 / Jakso 4

In Acetate We Trust

By José Luis Rico

Voice: Robin Kawa

Sound design: Samy Kramer

Director: David Kozma

Editor: Jenni Hurmerinta

During The Covid-19 pandemic and isolation a Helsinki-based immigrant is worrying about his family overseas and being amused by people’s reactions to the crisis.

Episode 5 / Jakso 5

Notes from a Finnish balcony

By Arash Irandoust

Voice and director: David Kozma

Sound design: Samy Kramer

Editor: Jenni Hurmerinta

Dreaming of a journey from a Finnish balcony to a busy Iranian market place and to a weekly family gathering. 


Episode 6 / Jakso 6

#StayAtHome

(To all the invisible victims of this pandemic madness)

By Tanya Tynjala

Voice Camil Rosa

Sound design Samy Kramer

Director David Kozma

Editor Jenni Hurmerinta

How can you stay at home if home is not a safe place to be or if you are an essential worker? A short reminder that simple orders aren’t equally easy for everyone.

Episode 7 / Jakso 7

Quarantine, curfew and new Corona lifestyle!

By Manal Al-Sheikh

Voice Salla Kozma

Sound design Samy Kramer

Director: David Kozma

The Covid-19 quarantine brings up childhood memories from a war zone. A mother believes in life after Covid-19 but what is the new normal like? 

Episode 8 / Jakso 8

Heres the thing, Its about time.

By Anonymous 

Voices: Rufaro Rwambiwa & Yasmin Ahsanullah

Sound design Samy Kramer

Director David Kozma

Editor Jenni Hurmerinta

The pandemic caused unexpected unemployment for some while others especially immigrants have received even more working opportunities than before. At a job interview the applicant gets to say what he thinks about Finland. 


Episode 9 / Jakso 9

Covid-19 at the International Criminal Court 

By: Mohammad Habeeb   

Voices :Anastasia Trizna, Sanna-June Hyde, Robin Kawa, Salla Kozma, David Kozma

Sound design: Samy Kramer

Director: David Kozma

Editor: Jenni Hurmerinta


Covid-19 is facing a trial at the International Criminal Court. It’s being prosecuted for crimes against humanity. But the virus doesn’t let the judge and the humankind off the hook easily.

Episode 10 / Jakso 10

Walking around again

By Luis Guerra

Voice Sanna-June Hyde

Sound design Samy Kramer

Director David Kozma

Editor Jenni Hurmerinta


When the curfew is starting to loosen up in Barcelona in April 2020, a parent is reflecting about life under lockdown and speculating about his children’s future. 


Production: European theatre collective.The podcast has been made in Kone Foundation home residency.


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The Middle Eastern Bloc presents Spring ‘20 -podcast

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Uusi jakso joka perjantai 26.2.–30.4.2021. klo 12 (UTC +2).

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Kuuntele podcastia Soundcloudissa: https://soundcloud.com/europeantheatrecollective.Middle Eastern Bloc presents Spring ‘20 -podcastin kuunnelmat vievät kuulijat kevään 2020 tunnelmiin. Kymmenen kieli- ja kulttuurivähemmistöihin kuuluvaa eurooppalaista on tallentanut ajatuksiaan keväältä, jolloin koronan ensimmäinen aalto mullisti tavallisen arjen. Englanninkielisessä podcastissa kuullaan niin samaistuttavia henkilökohtaisia pohdintoja kuin terävää yhteiskunnallista kritiikkiä.Podcastin kieli on englanti.Kirjailijat: Jay Mar Albaos, Manal Al-Sheikh, Mohammad Habeeb, Fjolla Hoxha, Arash Irandoust, José Luis Rico, Salaado Qasim, Tanya Tynjälä ja Luis Guerra. Yksi teksteistä julkaistaan nimettömänä kirjailijan pyynnöstä.
Ääninäyttelijät: Yasmin Ahsanullah, Sanna-June Hyde, Robin Kawa, Amira Khalifa, David Kozma, Salla Kozma, Alistair Logan, Camil Rosa, Rufaro Rwambiwa, Yuko Takeda ja Anastasia Trizna.
Editointi: Jenni Hurmerinta
Äänisuunnitelu: Samy Kramer
Ohjaus: David Kozma
Tuotanto: European theatre collective.Podcast on toteutettu Koneen Säätiön kotiresidenssissä.