Rendezvous in Bratislava

Miriam and her grandad are 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. He’s been dead for 38 years.

Role: Creator/Writer/Performer
Company: Dynamite Island
Venue: Developed at Battersea Arts Centre and JW3
Performance history: Battersea Arts Centre, London, Central European Forum, Bratislava, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Jabberwocky Market, Darlington, JW3, London, Platform 8, Peterborough, Wigan Arts Festival, Doorstep Arts, Torbay, Looping the Loop, Thanet, Exeter Phoenix, South Street Arts, Reading
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2018 team
(UK and US tour)
Composers and Music Directors: Thom Andrewes and Will Gardner
Performers: Thom Andrewes, Will Gardner, Frantisek Holcik, Martin Jeriga, Maria Rehakova, Miriam Sherwood
Producer: Christina Poulton
Dramaturg: Catherine Carter
Lighting Design and Technical Stage Management: Aaron Eccleston

2017 team
(work-in-progress performances at Battersea Arts Centre and Central European Forum in Bratislava)
Composers and Music Directors: Thom Andrewes and Will Gardner
Performers: Thom Andrewes, Will Gardner, Martin Jeriga, Maria Rehakova, Miriam Sherwood, Lucie Steiner
Producer: Sophie Ignatieff
Dramaturg: Catherine Carter
Associate Director: Zoë Tweed
Designer: Becky-Dee Trevenen
Lighting Designer: Joshua Gadsby
Choreographer: Anna Tringham
Sound mix: Benedict de Vries

2016 team
(10-minute scratch performance at Freshly Scratched, Battersea Arts Centre)
Assistant Director: Zoë Tweed
Music: Will Gardner
Performers: Miriam Sherwood, with Marek Chomist, Jakub Repisky, Juliana Sersenová, Robert Susienka
– Slovak Community Theatre London

What people said:

★★★★★ “Funny, warm and heart-wrenching” Tatjana Damjanovic, The Spy in the Stalls
Read the full review here: https://thespyinthestalls.com/2018/11/rendezvous-in-bratislava-5-stars/

★★★★ “Inventive and immersive, with catchy songs and great performances.” Alex Hayward, Everything Theatre
Read the full review here: http://everything-theatre.co.uk/2018/11/rendezvous-in-bratislava-battersea-arts-centre-review.html

★★★★ “A glorious evening” Richard Maguire, Reviews Hub
Read the full review here: https://www.thereviewshub.com/rendezvous-in-bratislava-battersea-arts-centre-london/

“A celebration of what we inherit, perhaps without realising it, from those who came before us.” Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor
Read the full review here: https://stagedoorapp.com/lyn-gardner/rendezvous-in-bratislava-reclaiming-the-past?ia=10

 “An affectionate, intimate and often moving piece, as well as a fascinating insight into life on the other side of the Iron Curtain.” Natasha Tripney, The Stage
Read the full review here: https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2018/rendezvous-bratislava-review-battersea-arts-centre-london/

“An intimate yet celebratory evening full of jokes, songs and beautiful memories…Rendezvous in Bratislava makes me think about my family and those who are no longer with us. It truly was a rendezvous with the past but also of the present, a love letter to a beautiful culture and to those who made it.”Nastazja Somers, The Play’s The Thing
Read the full review here: https://theplaysthethinguk.com/2018/11/22/rendezvous-in-bratislava-battersea-arts-centre/#more-9587

Audiences:

“Great show! Told so much from the heart and with so much humour”

“What a feast! An incredible toybox of cherished memories”

“The world needs more of this – and more laughter”

“You’ve been amazing, it was so emotional for us”

“Amazing to see a performance connected to my home. Well done! Absolutely loved it!”

“Such powerful storytelling in a format and style I’ve never seen before”

“Insightful and humbling”

Rendezvous in Bratislava has been generously supported by Arts Council England, Golsoncott Foundation, Unity Theatre Trust, Royal Victoria Hall and Hinrichsen Foundation.

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