Vironkatu 7, 00170 Helsinki
Tel. +358 9 135 6166
HOW TO GET THERE
By trams 1, 7 A and 7 B (Vironkatu’s stop),
by buses 18 and 16 (Vironkatu’s stop)
and by metro to Kaisaniemi.
Parking in the area is usually free after 7 pm, but one should be prepared to spend some time looking for a parking lot. The nearest chargeable parking space is P-Kaisa at Fabianinkatu 30. There are chargeable parking lots also in the streets near the Tuomiokirkko cathedral and the Kauppatori marketplace.
The stage of the one-room theatre Jurkka is small but can become as wide as the universe if necessary. In the past it has been both a reef far out in the sea and a luxurious living room in the posh Westend; it has been both a modern office and the world of Peer Gynt and Hamlet. The atmosphere is such that people sense the heat both onstage and in the auditorium. The magic of theatre is in the air and one can feel it on the skin and in the bones. The sounds from the street become part of the performances; spectators share the joys and the sorrows of the plays with the actors more tangibly than in theatres usually. In Theatre Jurkka the actor is always in close-up and every spectator follows the play from the best seat.
The founder of the theatre was Emmi Jurkka (1899-1990), who also served as the theatre director for several years. Her daughter Vappu Jurkka continued her work as the theatre director 1981-1993.
3,3 m x 3,8 m
The board of Theatre Jurkka is responsible for the theatre’s artistic work.
In 2009 the board members were:
director-author Pasi Lampela (chairman),
journalist Terhi Tarvainen (vice chairman),
professor of acting Kati Outinen,
director Laura Jäntti.
The theatre’s office has three full-time workers who are responsible for the theatre’s finances, administration, marketing and sales. There are also part-time employees who take care of the stage engineering, the café and other organisational duties. Other staff members are employed individually for each performance.
RESTAURANT / CAFÉ
The theatre’s atmospheric lounge café is open for one hour before each performance and during intermissions. On request, the café can also be open for about one hour after the performance. Café Jurkka has a liquor license and 56 seats. Service for groups during the intermission on request.
For more information and exact directions please visit www.jurkka.fi