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RIITTA WIKSTRÖM ‘Small is beautiful’. These were the words used by Vivica Bandler when in

1989 she became artistic director of the Tampere International Theatre Festival,

an organisation rapidly running out of money. At the beginning of the 90s

the festival had to be content with showing small-scale visiting productions

involving only a few actors and it was from this that the audience had to

experience the wonder and greatness of the theatre. This was not a conscious

policy, rather it was an attempt to turn the inevitable to the festival’s advantage.