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(available for touring)

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 38 years.

Laco Kalina was a dramaturg, satirist, collector of jokes and writer of cabarets, born in Slovakia in 1913 and died in Germany in 1981. He survived the fascists only to be imprisoned by the communists, who believed he was a threat to the regime. Using his autobiographies, jokes and scripts, we present a contemporary cabaret featuring original music and real life Slovaks.

“An affectionate, intimate and often moving piece, as well as a fascinating insight into life on the other side of the Iron Curtain." The Stage

“A celebration of what we inherit, perhaps without realising it, from those who came before us." Lyn Gardner

"A unique and unusual piece of theatre ... funny, warm and heart-wrenching." A Spy in the Stalls

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Rendezvous in Bratislava was developed at Battersea Arts Centre and JW3, and supported by Arts Council England, Golsoncott Foundation, Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, Unity Theatre Trust and Hinrichsen Foundation. The production has toured to London, Bratislava, Chapel Hill North Carolina and around in England with the Collaborative Touring Network.