Why the Child is Cooking in the Polenta

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Why the Child is Cooking in the Polenta

September 20, 2021
– September 22, 2021
Theatre
Edith Alibec

A bridge between reality and fiction, Edith
Alibec’s multi-award-winning adaptation of Aglaja Veteranyi’s autobiographical
book follows a family of circus artists who flee the Communist regime in
Romania in the hope of establishing a better life in the West.

Among the caravans and the circus tents a
family are caught between two worlds: the colorful, transfiguring high-top
where the mother performs her death-defying stunts and the harsher reality of a
nomadic life, where home is only to be found in your mother’s cooking.

Told from the perspective of the youngest
child, this lyrical darkly comic tale is the story of a family always on the
road and always the foreigners.

With the ability to be staged in three
different languages (English, German and Romanian), this versatile production
has previously been performed in Bucharest, Zurich, New York, Stockholm and
Germany. It will be performed in English at The Garage.

Winner
of the 2018 Bacău Fest Trophy, Actors for Actor Trophy and the Ştefan Iordache
Onorific Prize in Romania.

Made possible with funding from Arts Council England & Romanian
Cultural Institute London.

Age Suitability – 14+