Reviews are a tricky thing, on the one hand you don’t want to give someone else the power to decide what your production is worth, you’ve worked hard, you’ve done your best and whatever anyone else thinks about the end result it shouldn’t matter. You should feel proud of what you’ve achieved. On the other hand it’s always nice to know that someone appreciates your work. Maybe it’s part of the human condition? We want recognition for the things we do.

Also, when it comes to reviews of for example plays, books and films, they can heavily affect the future. If your project doesn’t get enough good feedback it might struggle to attain an audience. Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily. Sometimes it’s helpful. We all have limited time and money. We look for guidance. But when you’re the one being reviewed, you naturally hope it’s a positive verdict.

That’s why I’m very happy that Lyckomanifestet has had good feedback so far. I’ve been made aware of two reviews, one by Helsingin Sanomat, the largest Finnish speaking newspaper and one by Hufvudstadsbladet, the largest Swedish speaking newspaper in Finland. It’s wonderful to see that they get what we’re trying to do and they feel the different components, the script, the acting and the direction all support each other to create something that works well for the intended audience. The play will be touring for quite some time so there might of course be a whole variety of reviews along the way, it’s all very subject after all, but the positive start is very welcome after all the work we’ve done and all the work the actors still have left to do. Yippee!

Hav a great Sunday!

Photos by Oskar Silén

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