Imprisoned by the Whites


Script, direction, choreography, drawings: Tuomo Railo

Music: Hauschka

Costumes: Karoliina Koiso-Kanttila

Lighting design: Pasi Pehkonen

Dancers: Sanni Giordani, Kaisa Leppänen, Tuomo Railo, Jukka Tarvainen, Jussi Väänänen

Photos: Ari Kauppila


Duration ca. 75 minutes

Age: Recommended from 13 years

Imprisoned by the Whites

Dance and theatre melt together in a harrowing prison camp depiction – the result is ensemble theatre at its best.
-Jussi Tossavainen, HS

 Tuomo Railo’s play Valkoisten vankina (Imprisoned by the Whites) is based on his grandfather’s brother Pekka Railo’s memoirs by the same name. In his memoirs, Pekka Railo relates his experiences as a Red prisoner, first in Kokkola and then in Tammisaari prison camp in 1918.

Tuomo Railo has dramatized the memoirs into a dramatic work in which the dialogue, placed on many time levels, and physical theatre bring out shocking prison camp experiences clearly and directly, appropriately and without scandalizing.

To me, my great-uncle’s practical and yet unyielding attitude has be a significant lesson in moderation, truthfullness and strenght. In difficult and unjust circumstances, he held on to his ability to act. By setting up a pharmacy at both camps he could, to some extent, relieve the distress of his fellow prisoners. The statistics of the deceased he collected and passed on helped to create political pressure to end the prison camps. – Tuomo Railo

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