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Anatomy of a Suicide



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Age recommendation

Three women, three time zones. One shared tragedy.
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  • Production

    Teatteri Metamorfoosi, && and Circo Aereo

  • Venue

    Revontulentie 8

  • Duration

    2,5 h, incl. interval

  • Language


  • Surtitles

    No surtitles. Plot description in English, Swedish and Finnish available.

  • Notes

    Self-destruction, drug addiction, strong language. Theatre fog. Age recommendation 16+


What others are saying

“Cleareyed & dazzling, like sun on ice, Anatomy of a Suicide has the feel of a summoning. The tone throughout is cool, reminiscent of Caryl Churchill. It is a drama like the blue heart of a flame; it looks like winter even as it scorches you.”Alexis Soloski, The New York Times
“Birch has crafted a rich, haunting, technically dazzling script” Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out

Working group


Alice Birch


Davide Giovanzana, Sanna Silvennoinen


Reita Lounatvuori

Adaptation of the translation

Mimmi Ahonen, Sara Koiranen

Dramaturgian assistant

Sara Koiranen

Light design

Juho Rahijärvi

Set and costumes

Mirkka Nyrhinen

Music and Sound design

Viljami Lehtonen, Maija Ruuskanen

Puppet maker

Elina Sarno


Aino Ojala, Sara Koiranen

Costume construction

Minna Kiiskinen


Samuli Nordberg, Eero Ojala, Pauliina Palo, Riina Tikkanen, Terhi Suorlahti, Roosa Söderholm, Senna Vodzogbe


Luc Gérardin


Teatteri Metamorfoosi


Circo Aereo ja & Espoon teatteri


Wihuri Foundation and Uudet klassikot



The dramatic rights

The dramatic rights for the play ANATOMY OF A SUICIDE by Alice Birch are granted by Näytelmäkulma - Nordic Drama Corner Oy, Helsinki.


  • Standard40 €
  • Bundle ticket (4+)38 €
  • Pensioner37 €
  • Groups (20+)37 €
  • Preview 31st Jan25 €
  • Student, unemployed22 €
  • Student Wednesday (on sale 5 days before)10 €
Meet the artist

One of the directors of Anatomy of a Suicide, Davide Giovanzana will present the performance in a relaxed pre- performance talk on Wed 31. Jan at 18:15. Artist meeting in English, performance in Finnish.

Anatomy of a Suicide as British Drama

Tuesday 6th of February 5.30 pm

We welcome three directors to discuss Alice Birch´s play.

Sam Pritchard is a director at the Royal Court Theatre, where Anatomy of a Suicide premiered in 2017. He is particularly interested in new writing which is formally inventive, specific in its use of language, and which offers a challenge both in terms of direction and acting.

In turn, Ida Kronholm was an assistant director in Anatomy of a Suicide that premiered in Malmö Stadsteater in 2019. Davide Giovanzana is the other director of the performance in Espoo.

Welcome to dive in to the world of Alice Birch before the show begins!

The event is in English, it is is open and free of charge.

Sanna Silvennoinen

Sanna Silvennoinen is a circus artist, director, and choreographer. She graduated from Amsterdam Hogeschool voor de Kunsten’s contemporary dance programme and is one of the artistic directors of Circo Aereo. In 2022, she won the ‘Sirkuksen Lumo’ award for the multifaced work she has done for the past 20 years: without her contribution, the landscape of Finnish contemporary circus would look very different. As a director, Silvennoinen combines a variety of art forms and brings together practitioners from the worlds of dance, theatre, circus, music, visual arts, and performance art. Previously, she has worked as a circus choreographer at the Finnish National Opera and the Finnish National Theatre. Her works include audience favourites Winter Circus Love, Lion – The Weird and Magical Abracadabra Lion Show, and Thom Moncton’s solo clown performances The Pianist and The Artist.

Davide Giovanzana

Davide Giovanzana is a theatre director, pedagogue, and researcher. He studied figurative painting in Geneva, Lecoq pedagogy in Brussels, and completed doctoral studies at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts, Helsinki. His practice combines physical theatre, intermedial theatre, and political comedy. For two decades, Giovanzana has taught acting, theatre dramaturgy, and artistic research methodology to actors, dancers, directors, and circus artists. He has lived and worked in Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Africa. After moving to Helsinki, he founded Teatteri Metamorfoosi in 2006, and worked as the artistic director of the international mask theatre festival MasQue in 2007–2015.

 In 2019, in collaboration with David Kozma, Giovanzana founded New Theatre Helsinki, a venue for non-Finnish-born artists and for the communities that are not represented on the Finnish institutional stage. In 2020-2021, he worked as a visiting professor of artistic research at the Theatre Academy, Helsinki. He is currently Lecturer in Acting at the Tampere University (Näty). His recent works as a director include Lehman Trilogia by Stefano Massini (2020), Survival Kit (2021) and Sivullinen by Albert Camus (2021). He has also directed Winter Circus twice: play (2017) and Kosmos (2013).

Alice Birch

Alice Birch is a British playwright and screenwriter, whose plays have been commissioned by prestigious institutions such as the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre in London. Her critically acclaimed works include plays like [blank] (2019) and Revolt. She said. Revolt Again (2016). Birch regularly works with Katie Mitchell, and their collaboration has produced several celebrated plays: Ophelia's Zimmer (2015) and Schatten, an adaptation from Elfriede Jelinek (2016), were both created for the Schaubünhe theatre in Berlin, and Anatomy of Suicide (2017), for which Birch won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, for the Royal Court Theatre in London. Birch also adapted, with Katie Mitchell, La Maladie de la Mort (Marguerite Duras) and Orlando (Virginia Woolf). Birch wrote for the TV adaptation of Normal People, alongside Sally Rooney and Mark O’Rowe, for which she was nominated for an Emmy. She worked as Story Editor on Season 2 of Succession for HBO and is currently the lead writer and an Executive Producer on Dead Ringers for Annapurna and Amazon starring Rachel Weisz. Her first feature was Lady Macbeth which won five British Independent Film Awards in 2017, including Best Screenplay.

Image: Sara Krulwich