From the Woods

From the Woods 

I looked at the endless Indian Ocean and I realised I was completely in the wrong place.”

Finland is a land of endless forests and thousands of lakes. The forest is sacred, but it’s the edge of the civilized area, an unknown and frightening place. The vast wilderness has always been full of strange beings. The Devil might be lurking behind the trees; other creatures are watching from the undergrowth. Which are good and which are bad? And how can you be sure?

Markus weaves these traditional tales from his native Finland with narratives from his own life. The result is a string of stories about love, about death, and about dreaming, told in Markus’ down-to-earth and dynamic style. He combines dark Finnish humour with beautiful imagery and a gentle finger on the pulse of the human condition.

For Adults ( + 12) – Languages: English or Finnish

Performances so far:


WORDS FESTIVAL, Helsingor, Denmark
TARINAKLUBI Helsinki, Teatteri ILMI Ö, Finland


Litfest, Lancaster, England
Inverness Storytelling Festival, Scotland
Jäähyväiset Kesälle, Kotka, Finland 
Berättarfestivalen, Skellefteå, Sweden (Part of the performance)
Ravintola Kuparipaja, Fiskars, Finland


Natale Racconta, Rome, Italy
Folktales Festival, Kea, Greece (Part of the performance)
Mezrab, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Part of the performance)
Enchanted Island Festival, Savonlinna, Finland
DISC, The Hague, The Netherlands
Milgi's, Cardiff, Wales (Part of the performance)
Bed Time Stories, Brighton, UK (Part of the performance)
Story Jam, London, UK

Jutupühad – Storytelling Festival, Tallinna, Estonia
Tuulen tuomaa – International Storytelling Festival, Helsinki, Finland
Tree of Life -Storytelling Symposium, Karjaa, Finland
Kalevalanpäivän tarinoita, Vaasa, Finland (Part of the performance)

Love, Death & Fairytales, Åsgatan 2, Järna, Sweden
Satuja aikuisille, Teatteri Ilmiö, Helsinki, Finland