Normal Cake Please in Riga 1—3 October

Proud to share the church stairs with Nina, Jamie and Ivo. photo by Jonna Wikström

Fictional queer wedding. You are a wedding guest, urged to gossip with other wedding guests and taught some easy dance movements to use in the ceremony.

I’m on the road! To Riga, Latvia, to prepare and perform the third version of Normal Cake, Please at The Anglican Church of the Holy Saviour 1—3 October, 2022, as a part of Performing and audiovisual arts festival The Autumn of the Patriarch program!

The site specific, English speaking Normal Cake, Please is a fictional wedding in two acts taking place in four intimate spaces and a church. In the intimate spaces you get to see two of the four main characters preparing for the wedding. Then you experience the wedding ceremony in the church. The underlining aim is open a space with the audience to queer normality and normalise queer.

The performance is lightly participatory. You are a wedding guest, urged to gossip with other wedding guests and taught some easy dance movements to use in the ceremony.

Normal Cake, Please saw it’s premiere in Helsinki, Finland, at St Paul’s Church in July, 2021, and before the end of the month it was also performed in Helsingør, Denmark, at Our Lady Monastery. The performance is a collaboration between Finnish, Danish and Latvian live art professionals produced by Uneasy Listening Society (DK). The performances in Riga are supported by Latvian Academy of Culture, Nordic Council of Ministers, Ministry of Culture Denmark and Kone Foundation.

Performances on Sat 1 at 19.00, Sun 2 at 20.00 and Mon 3 at 19.00. Welcome!

Watch the trailer on Youtube

The Normal Cake Riga Team

Authors, Directors and in leading roles: Nina Larissa Bassett, Ivo Briedis, Jamie MacDonald, Janne Saarakkala.
In other roles: SkujaBraden (Ingūna Skuja & Melissa Braden), Didzis Ruicēns, Signe Valtiņa, Vladimir Gorshantov, Paula Koivunen
Musician: Marko Ojala
Scenographer, Costume Designer: Paula Koivunen
Composer: Thomas Burø
Light Designer: Niks Cipruss
Producer: Rita Ruduša
Production Assistant: Anna Ulberte