This quote from our interviews with men about their gendered experiences really caught my attention. As a woman I can’t count the times I’ve thrown on clothing from the men in my life, but I struggle to remember a single occasion where a man put on one of mine without it being a giggly impulsive game or a joke.

My experience within the fashion industry is very limited, but I'm keen to understand why my garment would be reduced to an instrument of embarrassment when placed on the men in my life. 

Maybe it's because the fashion industry is focused on practicality and upscale uniformity for men while female attire is meant to flatter the figure, elevate beauty and express stylised ideas of her identity. Clothing that is designed to be beautiful rather than practical might therefore express that the man wanted to be admired, and announce him as a target for objectification. After all, we have been taught by our justice system and media that women's clothing is a welcome sign to harassment and abuse. 

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I remember years ago a story circulating on social media about an Icelandic man who was shouted at and threatened for wearing floral pants on a stroll through the city centre. He was dumbfounded that an impulsive pattern choice had been perceived as a vocal political expression and compromised his safety.

Pants had innocently threatened the masculinity of Reykjavík's male population. It seems that masculinity in fact needs so much protection that a whole colour has been deemed off limits to men. While pink used to be perceived as a strong, decisive colour relating to red, the colour of blood and war, modern men tend to avoid it due to it being perceived as political statement or a submissive sign of femininity. 

This, and other personal accounts of men's gendered experiences is one of the reasons I so enjoy our project Them - A research and development production where we sat down with men to learn about how they experience their gender identity and how it impacts their daily life.

- Sólveig Eva


Spindrift Theatre is happy to announce Them will be visiting Helsinki at Teater Viirus 10 to 14 October.

We were inspired by, not the creators of, this photo

We were inspired by, not the creators of, this photo


Them is a documentary-based theatre performance about men, interpreted by four women. The performance is based on interviews gathered from men living mainly in different parts of Europe and United States. Through physical expression and in the form of monologues four actresses dive into the world of men, exploring images of a masculinity and its affects on the experience of a modern man in Western society. The approach is empathic in attempting to understand the joys, sorrows and pains of manhood.

Them will be performed by founding members of Spindrift, Anna Korolainen and Bergdis Julia Johannsdottir, as well as Tinna Thorsvalds Önnudottir and Marjo Lahti. Other members of the crew are dramaturge is Minerva Pietilä, art director Louis Crevier, set designer Eva Björg Hardardottir, light designer Markus Alanen, sounder designer Kristian Pernilä and producer Suvi Nousiainen.


The monologues are performed in three languages: Finnish, English and Swedish.

Them in Helsinki:
10-14 October 2017 at 18:00 (6 PM)
Teater Viirus, Välimerenkatu 14
Tickets 15 € / 10 €

The performance will be further developed into its final form until May 2018. After every performance at Teater Viirus the audience is welcome to take part in brief discussions where they can share their thoughts and experiences on the play and its themes.


We're looking for a Finland-based producer to join our team for our next production Them. After the production premier there will be a possibility to continue as a permanent producer for the company.


Them is currently under development, and will premier with its research and development performances at the Reykjavik Fringe Festival in September and at Teater Viirus, Helsinki in October. After the autumn run the project will be further developed, and the final premier is planned for spring 2018 in Iceland/Finland.

The producer's main tasks are to work on funding applications together with the artistic directors of Spindrift Theatre, and take an active role in marketing and development of public relations in Finland, Iceland and the Nordic Countries. The producer should be familiar with the funding bodies of Finland and the Nordic countries. Fluent Finnish and English is required, and a fluency in another Nordic language is a definite plus.


We can offer a starting fee of 400 €, which should cover the part time work until the R&D performances in Autumn. We apologise for the small sum, but currently the company is working with a minimum budget. The producer will then apply for full project funding with the artistic directors, which will cover an official producer fee for her/his work on the performance.

If you're interested, please send us an email ( telling about your background, expertise and why you are willing to work with Spindrift Theatre. Please attach your CV as well. Deadline 17th July.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

- Anna and Bergdís



Our residency at Tjarnarbio is coming to an end. It's been a wonderful two weeks and something for us in Iceland, exploring the themes of our show, reading interviews, impersonating characters, improvising from scratch and talking about our personal relationship to the topic of the piece: men.

It's also been exhilarating to hear other people's take on our topic - both from men and women - and to look for an angle to bring these stories on stage. We have to acknowledge that we are women, right? But we have to present the male experience as authentically as possible.


A big point of development was travelling to Mikró festival in Lón, and "coming out" for the first time with some of our raw material. The audience's reactions and feedback was extremely valuable both in realising that people are actually interested in hearing these stories, and in noticing the moments where we didn't quite reach a dialogue with our spectators. Nothing beats live audience as a way of self-evaluation! 


After all, we are extremely happy about all the connections and plans for collaboration we've made here, working with the Nordic House and Tjarnarbio, and being in touch with our Finnish collaborators at Teater Viirus. We are also proud to welcome sound designer Kristian Pernilä and actress Marjo Lahti to our team! 


Next step will be our residency at Sláturhusid in August, where we'll incorporate video artist Louis Crevier to the rehearsal process.  We're also waiting impassionately for all the self tapes of our potential Icelandic actresses! Don't hesitate to apply!

We just wanna keep going! 

Pus pus!

- Anna


We're looking for an Iceland-based actress to join our team for our current production Them.

The rehearsals will take place in Sláturhusid, Egilstadir from 14th to 18th August and in Reykjavik from 21st August to 2nd September (can be flexible). The performances will be at the Reykjavik Fringe Festival in Tjarnarbio, taking place between 21st and 24th September. The performance text will be performed both in Icelandic and English, so good level in English is required.

We can offer a fee of 400 € which covers both the rehearsal period and the performance. Them will continue to develop as a performance project until 2018, when a bigger premier is due in Iceland and Finland. We hope that the actress would follow the development through with us, for which further funding will be applied.

If you're interested, please send us an email ( confirming your availability, and a maximum 5 minute video, where you introduce yourself and perform a monologue, poem or another dramatic text. Deadline 15th July.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

- Anna and Bergdís


We are currently working on the research and development for our next project, MEN (working title) at Alppila Church in Helsinki.

As four female artists we are curious about gendered experiences that reach beyond our own, and so we ask: What does it mean to be a man in today's world?

After months of individual research in Europe and North America we are excited to get this time together for intensive two weeks of research and development in Helsinki through the support of Kulturkontakt Nord's Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme

Then on Monday we start our residency at Villa Salin, managed by the Feminist Association Unioni. We will also hold a lecture-workshop on Equality in Physical Actor Training at Maikki Friberg Home, which is part of Feminist Association Unioni's programme at the Women's Open University. 

Finally, our workshop The Performer and the Self will take place at Ilmaisukellari, organised by the Finnish Actor's Union. 

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As four female artists we want to explore what our brothers, fathers, husbands, boyfriends, male friends, male coworkers and male acquaintances experience that we may not be aware of as women. What does it mean to be a man?

We do not own, but felt inspired by, this photo

We do not own, but felt inspired by, this photo

We are preparing this research for our next physical theatre production which will continue development over the course of the next two years. 

It stems from our curiosity on human nature and itch for storytelling experiences outside our own bodies, our viewpoints, and an interest in the audience's relationship to a body telling verbatim stories that are clearly not of its own experiences. 

We are looking to interview men of all ages, professions and backgrounds. In 2016 we can conduct these interviews in English, Finnish and Icelandic. 

If you are interested in sharing your experiences through a simple interview with us. You will be protected with anonymity and welcome to selectively answer questions you feel are relevant to you and comfortable.

Contact to participate! We'd love to have you on board. 


Bergdís Júlía and Sólveig Eva discussed Carroll: Berserkur on Iceland's Radio FM957. The interview is available in Icelandic on the link below. 

- Sóla Eva


This video overview of our full production by Louis Crevier and Marco Schott was initially intended strictly for festival submissions, but we decided to leave it here for anyone interested to provide a deeper insight into our work. 


For a full overview of our process from beginning to end, here are the pictures from our Research and Development run at Drayton Arms Theatre, London, the summer before. 

Sponsored by Evrópa Unga Fólksins (Erasmus+) and Reykjavíkurborg

- Sóla Eva