Image courtesy of Martha Rumney (producer)
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.
Premiering on the centenary of the Polish Independence and in a pre- (soon to be post) -Brexit era, the show 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, musician Jasmine Kahlia, Esperanto writer Ariel Bonkorpa and producer Martha Rumney, Wesele / Wedding foregrounds women's perspective in the political, societal and performance-making discourse.
Margot Przymierska says of the show:
"Much of the piece feels personal to me.
As a Polish artist living in London for 15 years, I want to imagine our shared post-Brexit future from both UK & European perspectives.
I come from Bialystok, the birthplace of the international constructed language of Esperanto, and the 'capital' of disco polo.
It's interesting that they are so different but came about for the same reason - to bring people closer together.
As a wedding host, I've seen the transformative potential of the marriage ritual, which I want to explore in a theatrical context by making the audience be an indispensable part of it, not just passive observers."
There will be a post-show Q&A with Margot Przymierska and the creative team on 8 November.
On the 10 November, the team will be holding 'Esperanto - what, where, and why?', an interactive language lesson and storytelling session guided by JEB president Ariel Bonkorpa (Theatre Deli, 2 Finsbury Avenue, London, EC2M 2PA, 12:45pm - 1:45pm, £10).
The session is part of the European Theatre Forum, and with your ticket you'll be able to take part in all the events that weekend.
Wesele / Wedding is a participatory one-woman show rooted in the European tradition of absurdist political comedy.
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 subvert 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.'
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London E13 0SE
Performance days & times
Wednesday ‑ 7‑15
Thursday ‑ 8‑45
Saturday ‑ 8‑45
Author: Margot Przymierska
Composer: Jasmine Kahlia
Director: Patrizia Paolini
Lighting: Roberto Ventruti
Production: Martha Rumney