After its UK premiere, a play by one of Europe’s most exciting playwrights, Andras Visky, comes to the Thália Theatre on 3 and 4 May at 7.30pm.
In 1989, the outside world first saw images of thousands of abandoned children living in filthy, cramped orphanages in Romania. The catastrophic anti-contraception policies of the country’s long-time communist dictator, Nikolia Ceausescu, had created a generation of children cared for by the state.
I Killed My Mother is the story of Bernadett, a modern-day Jane Eyre of Ceausescu’s Romania, an orphan, exposed to cruelty and neglect, yet possessing a strong sense of self-respect and the capacity to love and forgive.
Together with her first love, Clip, they survive abandonment and institutionalisation by conjuring a spiritual landscape of hope and order. Her empowering coming of age story is a quiet yet captivating theatrical reportage to the shocking tabloid images that made the headlines 20 years ago.
“The play, Dickensian in an Eastern European way, with a fierce, lean poetry, is a vivid portrait…” – The Chicago Sun Times
I Killed My Mother
Thália Theatre on 3 and 4 May at 7.30pm
Tickets: HUF 2,500. www.thalia.hu