Wesele / Wedding written and performed by Margot Przymierska, developed with and directed by Patrizia Paolini is a participatory cabaret extravaganza rooted in the European tradition of absurdist political comedy with a Polish-English love story at heart. It’s the last Polish-English wedding before the Brexit-imposed borders close around the UK, sealing it off from the rest of Europe. The MC invites the guests to take part in wedding games and Disco Polo singalongs in a bid to keep the international community together. She needs this wedding to go off without a hitch. Will she succeed?
This comic (and at times dark) collage of authentic and fictional migrant stories told by a real-life wedding MC uses stand-up, storytelling and physical theatre modes to subverts cultural and gender stereotypes we are all imbued in. The show examines and challenges the role of tradition, religion and family bonds, and investigates how they shape society’s perceptions of itself and the ‘other.’
Przymierska’s approach combines rigorous research, own experience, and the words of real-life and internet friends to write and perform this unique show. Peppered with Polish and Esperanto, Wesele / Wedding explores a possibility of whether popular culture can bring us together. This show takes place on the exact day that the UK leaves the EU – it proves stunningly current, and familiar in the stories and reflections it’s sure to provoke.
With an all-female creative team on board including Director Patrizia Paolini, Esperanto writer Ariel Bonkorpa and Producer Martha Rumney, Wesele / Wedding foregrounds women’s perspective in the political, societal and performance making discourse.