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, JW3 and Camden People’s Theatre
Performance history: Battersea Arts Centre, JW3 and Camden People’s Theatre London, Lowry Salford, Exeter Phoenix, South Street Arts Reading, North Wall Oxford, Jabberwocky Market Darlington, Platform8 Peterborough, Wigan Arts Festival, Doorstep Arts Torbay, Looping the Loop Thanet, Central European Forum Bratislava, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Production Website

2020 team
UK tour
Composers and Music Directors: Thom Andrewes and Will Gardner
Performers: Thom Andrewes, Enrico Eurigemma, Will Gardner, Maria Rehakova, Miriam Sherwood
Producer: Becky Plotnek
Dramaturg: Catherine Carter
Production Manager: Enrico Aurigemma

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
Scratch performance at Freshly Scratched, Battersea Arts Centre

Music: Will Gardner
Assistant Director: Zoë Tweed
Performers: Marek Chomist, Jakub Repisky, Juliana Sersenová, Miriam Sherwood, 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 Foundation and the Hinrichsen Foundation.