Bucharest Underground

A play based on “Orpheus and Eurydice”, free entrance 16 January 2009 – 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 [email protected]

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

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

Thursday 29 January 2009
Edric Hall Theatre, London South Bank University
18.30-21.00, 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA
Closest Tube station: Elephant & Castle (Bakerloo Line).

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.

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