FEAST (a play in one cooking)

10 - 11/04/2019 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X8PH

Our theatre programme continues in April with a novel piece inspired by Shakespeare’s dramaturgy and written by London-based Romanian actress Olivia Negrean, entitled ‘Feast (a play in one cooking). Six of the Bard’s female characters are brought to life by a cast of female actors of five different nationalities, including the writer herself.

As they start to understand each other’s lives, Isabella, Lady Macbeth, Ophelia, Lady Anne, Imogen and Emilia debate on the importance of literature and what it means to be a woman in a world-famous story.

Directed by Philip Parr, the play tackles various topics from feminism, equality, mental health, sisterhood and community to the right to speak one’s mind, magical realism and contemporary Shakespeare.

FEAST (a play in one cooking)

Writer: Olivia Negrean

Director: Philip Parr

Cast: Olivia Negrean, Sara Barison, Charlie Coletta, Lucy Ford, Hannah Lucas and Marie Rabe

Produced by: Parrabbola Theatre Company

Running time: 1 hour. The show will be performed in English.

“I had the urge to write this play in response to the Shakespeare plays that are being performed, where men still are the central characters. Female characters deserve longer time on stage, hence I wrote about a dinner for Shakespeare’s women. There is no main character, all six parts are equal and there is an important ensemble created. Having actresses of different nationalities play characters that are 90% of the time played by British actresses has again been extremely important. Shakespeare is a ‘universal language’ and deserves the chance to be played by a diverse cast. The reason real cooking is involved is because it is an important part of the plot and it also envelops the audience through the smells and visuals created. Eating is a social thing that brings people together. And at the end of the play that is exactly what happens: audience and actors are part of the same story.” – Olivia Negrean

Olivia Negrean is a Romanian actress and playwright based in London, who has a great passion for Shakespeare and wants to bring the female characters of his plays to the forefront. She has done so through FEAST (having written the play and performing in it), but also as an actress and assistant director for two different Shakespeare productions that were created for the International Shakespeare Festival in Craiova, in 2016 and 2018, respectively, where she performed in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Apart from creating her own work, Olivia collaborated with the Romanian Cultural Institute on two projects that promoted Romanian/Hungarian writing and Romanian history: Andras Visky’s play about a young Mother Teresa and a play about Ecaterina Teodoroiu, written and directed by Liana Ceterchi.

Philip Parr is the founder of Parrabbola theatre company, which focuses on theatre that tells the stories of communities - whether geographic, cultural or social. Philip has been invited two years in a row to direct Shakespeare plays for the International Shakespeare Festival in Craiova, Romania and has previously worked with Romanian actress Alina Serban. Philip is a founding council member of the European Shakespeare Festivals network and Director of the York International Shakespeare Festival.

Wednesday 10 April, 19.00:  Please register here.

Thursday 11 April, 19.00: Please register here.

Where: Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH

Free entry. Please confirm your attendance on Eventbrite at the links above.

Please note that seating is unreserved.