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THEATRE EVENT: Why the Child Is Cooking in the Polenta – by Aglaja Veteranyi

October 12, 2017 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

| Free but booking essential

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‘The string of premieres at our chamber theatre space in 1 Belgrave Square resumes in October with a touching performance inspired by the autobiographical novel of Swiss-Romanian Aglaja Veteranyi, the brilliant and tragic figure who committed suicide at 39 after a most spectacular life. Led by director Dana Paraschiv and starring the gifted Edith Alibec, the show is based on Veteranyi’s amazing experiences and allows for a memorable voice that it at once lyrical and jaded, mundane and spiritual, comical and ghastly.

A nomadic family of circus performers, refugees from communist Romania, travels through Europe and Africa by caravan. The mother’s death-defying act causes constant anxiety for her two daughters, who voice their fears through a grisly communal fairy tale about a child being cooked alive in polenta—but their real life is no less of a dark fable, and one that seems just as unlikely to have a happy ending.

“A show as it should be: dense, poetical, very visual. No word is too much, no minute is too long.” (Cătălin Dorian Florescu)’ (RCI)


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October 12, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free but booking essential
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Romanian Cultural Institute
020 7752 0134
1 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X8PH
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