A land called “Never” exists on the border between life and not life.
Visky tells the story of Bernadett. Abandoned by her mother at birth, the girl grows up in state institutions which were a living hell in Ceausescu’s Romania. When Bernadett and a boy who calls himself Clip are forced to wear steel clips on their tongues for speaking disrespectfully, they become firm friends. Together they survive abandonment and cruelty by conjuring a spiritual landscape, a land called “Never” where the fantasy language Clippish is spoken. Bernadett dreams of being adopted so she can leave the orphanage forever. Meanwhile Clip is planning a strategy for their escape.
This production is not your usual linear, well-made play. The narrative jumps back and forth between different time periods and between reality and fiction, which makes it a bit difficult to follow. Visky describes how the educators – the carers in the orphanage – mistreat their wards. Neglect, cruel punishment and criminal gangs were the reality in those institutions. Yet despite her horrible experiences, Bernadett remains a deeply moral person with the capacity for love.
Directed by Natalia Gleason with great sensitivity, Orsolya
Csiki and Antal Nagy convey the confusion and anguish of
Bernadett and Clip, but also their love for each other and
their indomitable spirit.
By Carolin Kopplin
Until 10 March
The Rosemary Branch Theatre, 2 Shepperton Road, London N1 3DT, Tuesday-Saturday 7.30pm, additional matinees Saturday and Sunday 3pm. You can book your tickets here: http://www.rosemarybranch.co.uk/#/i-killed-my-mother/4572548932
Apart from the run at The Rosemary Branch Theatre, there will also be a special reading performance at the Hungarian Cultural Centre on Monday 11 March 2013. The performance will be followed by a discussion with the playwright Andras Visky.
Monday 11 March, 7pm
Hungarian Cultural Centre, 10 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7NA
Tickets: £12 (For reservations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org)