[Foreign Affairs] presents a rehearsed reading of award-winning Croatian play Unterstadt.

Unterstadt is an award-winning Croatian play, adapted from the novel of the same name by author Ivana Šojat. First staged in 2012 at the Croatian National Theatre, directed by Zlatko Sviben, the play has since won more than 20 theatre awards, including the Croatian Theatre Awards for Best Directorial Achievement and Best Overall Play.

We’ve asked our acting ensemble a few quick questions to give you some insight into our international team of performers and theatre-makers. Just click on their headshots to discover more.

Andrea Giordani

Ensemble

How many languages do you speak? Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, English.

What’s your favourite place in the world? Osijek, my birthplace that holds dearest memories.

What's your hidden talent? I make a rather good dahl.

What’s the best advice you ever received? Patience is a virtue!

Anja M Jacobsen

Ensemble

How many languages do you speak? Two – German and English.

What’s your favourite place in the world? London in the 80ies - chilled, diverse, open, with an edge and full of promise.

What's your hidden talent? I bake a mean cheese cake.

What’s the best advice you ever received? Trust your instincts.

Atilla Akinci

Ensemble

How many languages do you speak? Three - English, German and Turkish.

What’s your favourite place in the world? Airports and hotel rooms. They give me a sense of marking a new chapter and refresh my senses. Hotel rooms because there is so much to discover, and they often have great showers.

What's your hidden talent? I make a mean pasta.

What’s the best advice you ever received? Water finds its way. (Turkish proverb)

Aude Le Pape

Ensemble

How many languages do you speak? I speak five languages; French, English, Spanish, Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian and Albanian.

What’s your favourite place in the world? It’s so tough to pick just one! I always fall in love with places located at a cultural crossroads, where there is a superposition and mixture of cultures, like there is in Cordoba, Sarajevo or Istanbul. Otherwise to charge my batteries, a small island in the Atlantic called Belle-ile-en-mer, is an absolute jewel!

What's your hidden talent? I can squint each eye separately...I don’t know whether it qualifies as random fact or hidden talent!

What’s the best advice you ever received? To read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

Daniel Anderson

Ensemble

How many languages do you speak? German, English and a little bit of Spanish.

What’s your favourite place in the world? Around the dinner table with my family and friends.

Please tell us a random fact about yourself. I have a seemingly insatiable appetite for learning.

What’s the best advice you ever received? Just get started.

Julia Cranney

Ensemble

How many languages do you speak? Tragically I am a shamefaced monoglot (alas I don’t think GCSE French can still count well over a decade later).

What’s your favourite place in the world? I’m from Liverpool and Bold Street is a street in the city centre with the Catholic cathedral at one end and the Protestant cathedral at the other, with the Liverpool Everyman theatre in the middle- It’s a pretty magical street.

Please tell us a random fact about yourself I used to live in the house of an eighties pop star.

What’s the best advice you ever received? ‘The work is the work’ try not to worry about whether what you’re getting the right reception/ audience, just focus on why you’re making what you’re and do it to the best of your ability… That, or the healing powers of Migraleve when hungover.

Laura Sophie Helbig

Ensemble

How many languages do you speak? I am a native speaker in German, fluent in English and I’m just re-learning French so I would say I am back to the basics of conversations. It’s getting there.

What’s your favourite place in the world? My favourite place in the world is sitting on a tree or lying on a meadow at night to watch stars, probably because I grew up in a village and because I am a bit of a Hippie.

Please tell us a random fact about yourself. I am a rebel. I’m part of Extinction Rebellion and I loved it to camp on top of Oxford Street for ten days to help protect the habitat of all beings.

What’s the best advice you ever received? I think I read this somewhere and I just took it as great advice: ‘If your dreams don’t scare you they aren’t big enough.’

Petar Cvirn

Ensemble

How many languages do you speak? I am fluent in Croatian (my mother tongue), Bosnian, Serbian, English and Italian. Did some film roles in German, French, Spanish, but never learned those languages.

What’s your favourite place in the world? Island of Vis. One can truly understand this vibe of town of Vis only by doing a long walk by the sea ending with a nice dinner in Pojoda restaurant and waking up next morning in the are of “Kut” and having coffee with locals while kids play around the corner.

Please tell us a random fact about yourself. I dream a lot (lol). I love to connect people and network. My flaw is my weakness for food.

What’s the best advice you ever received? Remember to breathe (on stage).

Rebecca Dyson-Smith

Ensemble

How many languages do you speak? Three – English, German, French.

What’s your favourite place in the world? My parents’ house in Munich. I will always call it home.

Please tell us a random fact about yourself. When I’m not in front of the camera or on stage, I work as a translator for documents being sent to the European Patent Office.

What’s the best advice you ever received? The desire for a more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience.

Unterstadt

The story of an Osijek family

Thursday 4 July 2019
19:30 (doors 19:00)

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