A bridge between reality and fiction, Edith Alibec’s award-winning adaptation of Aglaja Veteranyi’s autobiographical book, Why the Child is Cooking in the Polenta,will be heading on a UK tour from 13-16 September 2021. A fascinating and endlessly imaginative show, it follows a family of circus artists who flee the Communist regime in Romania during the 1960s in search of fame, glory and a better life in the West. Performed and adapted by Edith Alibec, it is inspired by the refugee crisis in Germany where Alibec met with refugees and visited their social camps. Her adaptation seeks to highlight the vulnerability in being forced to leave home and trying to find a new place in the world. It explores what it is to feel like the place you live does not allow you to feel like you belong. Highly praised by the Strand Magazine, Why the Child is Cooking in the Polenta is “a touching story and gives a coup d’ouil to a life far beyond the reaches of many of our experiences.”
Actor and producer: Edith Alibec | Director, technical manager: Dana Paraschiv
I lived in Germany for three years, and when in the first few months I did not find my place, I started to idealize a “home”. Romania, my home country, became more like a utopia. At the same time, the refugee crisis in Germany grew and I wondered how it must feel for them: it’s a choice for me to live in a foreign country, but they’re forced to flee their home and live in a foreign country. This show was born out of my need to talk about what it feels like to not have a home. Far from being an ideological statement, this show is about being human and explores the hidden corners of the soul. (Edith Alibec)
Edith Alibec finished her acting studies in Germany. In 2016 her first play as a producer and an actress, Why the Child is Cooking in the Polenta, premiered in Munich, Germany with the support of The Cultural Department of the City of Munich. Since then, she collaborated with the renown film director Cristi Puiu on his latest feature film both as an actor and researcher and worked on three other theatre projects in Bucharest, Romania.
Why the Child is Cooking in the Polenta is kindly been supported by Arts Council England and The Romanian Cultural Institute London.
13 September, 7 PM | ADC Theatre, Cambridge | Park Street, Cambridge CB5 8AS | Details and tickets.
14 September, 9 PM | Camden People’s Theatre, London | 58-60 Hampstead Road, London NW1 2PY | Details and tickets.
15 September, 7.30 PM | Oxford Playhouse | 11-12 Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LW | Details and tickets.
16 September, 7.30 PM | Oxford Playhouse |11-12 Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LW | Details and tickets.