Trilogy of stage productions by Saara Turunen

Turunen Company

Saara Turunen's trilogy includes the stage productions The Phantom of Normality, Medusa’s Room and the third, yet untitled, work.

The Phantom of Normality pierces our assumptions of the commonplace and explores the yearning for the ordinary, the fear of difference, the horror of standing out from the crowd.

Medusa's Room is a dreamy collage of images that deal with power and gender inequality. It is inspired by the myth of Medusa.

The third part of the trilogy will premiere in Helsinki 2022.

Saara Turunen does not use many words, but her plays are constructions of different kind of actions, events and atmospheres combined with music. The works are associative and they leave plenty of space for the spectator's own interpretations.


Saara Turunen is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning Finnish author, playwright and director. Many of her works examine the themes of art, identity and social norms. Turunen's plays have garnered brilliant reviews and have been translated into numerous languages and performed around the world.

Lea Award 2020
The City of Helsinki’s Artist of the Year Award 2018
Thalia Award 2017
Finland Prize 2016
Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize 2015


  • Script, Direction: Saara Turunen
  • Choreography: Janina Rajakangas
  • Sound Design: Tuuli Kyttälä
  • Set Design: Milja Aho
  • Light Design: Erno Aaltonen (The Phantom of Normality), Ada Halonen (Medusa's Room) Costume Design: Laura Haapakangas (The Phantom of Normality), Suvi Matinaro (Medusa's Room)
  • Production: Turunen Company, Q-teatteri (premieres)
  • Supporters: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Alfred Kordelin's Foundation
  • Premiere year: 2022
  • Duration: 75 min / play
  • Audience: Adults
  • Stage dimensions: 10 m x 8 m x 4,4 m