Bucharest Underground at London South Bank University

Bucharest Underground at London South Bank University

Bucharest Underground
a play by Saviana Stanescu and Toma Enache, based on “Orpheus and Eurydice”

Reception • Performance • Panel Discussion • Q&A
Special Guest: Director Toma Enache

The Romanian Cultural Centre (RCC) in London / Ratiu Foundation and London South Bank University invite you to meet Toma Enache, Romanian Theatre and Radio Director.

We welcome Mr Enache for the London premiere performance of ‘Bucharest Underground’ and also for a conversation with Jonathan Banatvala (Artistic Director – The Works*). ‘Bucharest Underground’ is the winner of the 2007 Grand Prix Marulic for radio drama.

The entrance is FREE. Limited Seats. Please book your seat by sending an e-mail to bookings@romanianculturalcentre.org.uk

Praise for ‘Bucharest Underground’:
“Beautifully written, structured and performed…”
“An effortless flow from Romanian to English and back…”
“The jury were unanimous in their appreciation”

• Reception – 18.30-19.30. All welcome.
• Performance / Panel Discussion – 19.30 -21.00

The evening will begin with a reception in the Edric Hall Theatre, followed by an opening address by Jonathan Banatvala, Course Director in Theatre Practice Creative Producing at LSBU and Artistic Director of The Works* season of International Bilingual Radio Dramas. Jonathan Banatvala will introduce the performance of ‘Bucharest Underground’ by Saviana Stanescu and Toma Enache, a bilingual radio drama in English and Romanian, directed by Toma Enache. Afterwards there will be a brief panel discussion on the themes and processes of the play followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

‘Bucharest Underground’ is part of The Works*, a season of six bilingual radio dramas produced by partners from Austria, Ireland, Romania and the UK. All six take their inspiration from the stories of operatic heroines. ‘Bucharest Underground’ is a modern interpretation of the story of Eurydice and the attempt by her lover, Orpheus, to retrieve her from the underworld. Set in New York, the play explores themes of dislocation, US cultural imperialism and alienation through a stunning soundscape of the voices of the street children of Bucharest. The use of both Romanian and English powerfully locates the characters in the setting.

Toma Enache was born in 1970 Romania. He gained a First degree in Stage Direction at the Theatre and Film Academy of Bucharest (1992-1997). Toma has a distinguished career directing for theatre and television, and also as a playwright and poet, publishing both in Romanian and the Aromanian language. As a director, Toma Enache worked on productions of classical, modern, and contemporary theatre, many of which have been awarded with national and international prizes. From 2000, Toma is the Director of the Aromanian programme of Radio Romania International.

Region: All
Start Date: 29/01/2009
End Date:
Start Time: 18:30 to 21:00
Venue: Edric Hall Theatre
Venue Address: London South Bank University, 103 Borough Road
Website: http://www.romanianculturalcentre.org.uk
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Sponsorship: Not Available
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Name: Ramona Mitrica
Phone: 02074860295