A music theatre show combining an incredible true family history with cabaret and humour.
Miriam and her granddad are making a cabaret together. They’re the perfect double act: He’s got the stories, she loves telling them, and they both have a flair for the theatrical. The only problem is – they’ve never met. And he’s been dead for 39 years.
Rendezvous in Bratislava combines new music, a four-piece British Slovak band, comedy, cabaret and original 1940s photographs and recordings to share the life story of writer Miriam Sherwood’s grandfather – Jan ‘Laco’ Kalina.
Laco Kalina was a dramaturg, satirist, collector of jokes and writer of cabarets, born in Czechoslovakia in 1913. A Slovak Jew, he survived the fascists only to be imprisoned by the communists, who believed him a threat to the regime.
Using his autobiographies and cabaret material, we present this generationally challenged duo: a contemporary cabaret featuring original music and real live Slovaks.
Age Guidance: 12+
Developed at Battersea Arts Centre, JW3 and CPT and supported by Arts Council England
This is a Relaxed Performance:
- Audience members can leave & re-enter the auditorium when needed
- If you tic, shout or move about, you’re more than welcome
- If you’d like a break, there’s a chill-out space in the foyer
- Bring anything with you that will make you feel comfortable or borrow some of ours! Ear defenders, weighted blankets and other sensory tools are available – email email@example.com to reserve these in advance.
- Touch tours are available from 6.45pm – please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
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