Play Rape Working Group

Play Rape

Play Rape is a fierce and powerful, yet humorous monologue dealing with shame, liberty of expression, the narrow line between fiction and reality as well as gender biased power structures on stage and beyond. In short, it is about life in our modern societies.

Anna Paavilainen's remarkable play has now been rewritten and up-dated to match the post #metoo era. In the new English version the stage will be taken over by the actress and native speaker Sanna June Hyde.

Picture: Petri Anttila


The Play Rape Working Group consists of freelance artists who share a strong belief in the topicality and meaningfulness of this play and its themes. Anna Paavilainen is a Finnish actress, playwright and director who wrote the original version of Play Rape in 2014 which soon became an absolute phenomenon within the Finnish theatre scene – and internationally. In the new version the monologue is interpreted by the versatile Finnish-British actress Sanna June Hyde who has a long career behind her, acting e.g. at the Helsinki City Theatre. The Icelandic director Greta Omarsdottir is known for her very own handwriting as well as a strong feminist approach. In addition to staging plays she has worked as a lecturer on postdramatic theatre and feminist criticism.


  • playwright and dramaturge Anna Paavilainen
  • director Greta Omarsdottir
  • actress and translator of the play Sanna June Hyde
  • visual designer Sofia Palillo
  • producer Eeva Bergroth