Puppet Theatre Kuuma Ankanpoikanen and TEHDAS Theatre: Princess Pikkiriikki – Hurraa-festivaali

Annankatu 30, 00100 Helsinki
Annantalo Arts Centre

Princess Pikkiriikki - The hero of all the naughties is a puppet theatre play for children in pre and primary schools.

Princess Pikkiriikki - The hero of all the naughties is a puppet theatre play for children in pre and primary schools.

The performance is based on a joyful children’s book series by Hannele Lampela ja Ninka Reitu. This is the first time Princess Pikkiriikki is adapted to puppets.

The colourful tabletop puppets and prankish storytelling that tickles imagination brings the child’s world close to us, and the episodic structure carries even the smallest spectators through the performance. Princess Pikkiriikki offers both the child and adult audiences a recognizable, hilarious and ambitious puppet theatre experience.

Duration: 45 minutes
Age recommendation: from 5 to 10 years
Language: Finnish

Visual design and execution (puppets, stage design, props, costumes): Pia Kalenius
Script: Merja Pöyhönen
Direction: Timo Väntsi
Music and sound design: Valtteri Lipasti
Performers: Pia Kalenius and Merja Pöyhönen
Production: Puppet Theatre Hot Duckling and TEHDAS Theatre


Hurraa! Festival 12–20 March 2022

Virtuosity in the doorway, swans on a silver lake and men in wool socks!

The municipal cultural services of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, in cooperation with ASSITEJ Finland, organise the Hurraa! festival of performing arts for children and young people on 12–20 March 2022. The festival offers high-quality performances for children, young people and families in the cultural centres of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. The programme includes physical theatre, circus, dance and puppet theatre. Traditionally known as a showcase for fresh Finnish performance art, the 2022 Hurraa! festival will also feature international performances produced by ASSITEJ Finland.

The Finnish highlights of the 2022 Hurraa! festival include: Ovisilmä by Teatteri QO, Prinsessa Pikkiriikki by Nukketeatteri Kuuma Ankanpoikanen & Tehdasteatteri, Suru puserossa by Teatteri Tuomikko, Piste, piste, piste by Company Portmanteau, Frankenstein by Red Nose Company and Sarana by Ilmatila. The international programme consists of four exciting performances originally intended for the 2020 Bravo! festival, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the 2022 Hurraa! festival, we will finally see M.I.S. – Natten Lang by Don Gnu from Denmark, Tvärslöjd by Kompani Giraff from Sweden, LILLA SVANSJÖN by Claire Parsons Co. from Sweden and Kuuki by Art Fraction Foundation & JIENKYO from Poland and Japan.

More information about the festival’s performances, ticket sales and related events will be available at https://hurraa.org from mid-December.