"Fragile, slightly mad and tinged with sadness" – The Guardian
Past Half Remembered tells the story of Maria Michailovna – whose life spans the Soviet century – in a remarkable tale of love, loss, calamity and hope. As she looks back on her life, the past and present blend and blur as Maria is swept along by the force of history.
The show has played all over the world including festivals in Mexico, the USA and Japan. It has won a multitude of international awards including the Jury Prize at the Days of Youth Theatre Festival (Mostar, Bosnia 2002), Jury Prize for Best New Work at ASSITEJ Festival (Kristiansand, Norway 2004), Jury Prize for Best New Work at TIBA Festival (Belgrade, Serbia 2005), and a Herald Angel Award and Total Theatre Award at the Edinburgh Festival 2006. Bringing together artists from across Europe to devise this show the ‘divine’ and ‘brilliant’ NIE will take you on comic, tragic and absurd journey through the Soviet Century.
A five-piece band, five languages, four nationalities and an array of theatrical styles from clowning to high tragedy combine as NIE bring you the second part of their European Narratives Trilogy. Past Half Remembered is a madcap journey through the epic sweep of twentieth century Russian history. The Reds and the Whites do battle, the Germans invade, tea is served from a samovar and there is a very big wedding. Actors change roles and get confused about which side they are on and someone gets an umbrella shoved up their nose.
‘Epic and comic at the same time… scintillating’ Hospoda Noviny, Prague
Using a dizzying array of theatrical devices and a direct storytelling style NIE tell the story of Maria Michaliovna, at one moment an old lady sitting in her flat, in the next, a young girl dancing in the park.
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