With a collaborative approach at its heart, our rehearsed reading of Unterstadt kickstarts an exciting journey into the world of an Osijek family.

‘We were introduced to Unterstadt and translator Valentina Marconi in 2016, as part of our [Foreign Affairs] Translates! programme, and we’ve been wanting to stage the play ever since. We’re thrilled to have director Ria Samartzi on board, to help us take the first step in bringing this intriguing story of an Osijek family to English speaking audiences.’

– Camila França and Trine Garrett, Co-Artistic Directors

Valentina Marconi

Valentina is an award-winning literary translator working with Italian, English and Serbo-Croat. She is passionate about collaborative approaches to translation, as her translation experience has been rooted in collaborative practices since the very beginning. Valentina enjoys taking part in projects bringing translation to the public stage; she facilitates translation workshops for primary school children, and loves watching her young audience cracking the code of a new language. Alongside her job as a translator, Valentina is also a scientist currently working towards a PhD at the Zoological Society of London.

Ria Samartzi

Ria Samartzi is a London-based director and dramaturg from Greece. She trained on the Physical Theatre Course at East 15 Acting School and the SITI Company Conservatory in NYC.

As director: The Myth Marathon (The Village Hall, Battersea Power Station), Love & Friendship (Omnibus), The Call (The White Bear Theatre), Conviction (Above the Arts). As assistant director: The Blind One & The Mad One (Rose Lipman Building), Spring Offensive (Omnibus), A Secret Life (Theatre 503). As dramaturg: Dinner Means Dinner (Rose Lipman Building), The Brownie Club (Jackson’s Lane), Trailer (SITI Company Studio).

Anja M. Jacobsen

Born in a German city that used to be a Roman Fort, having grown up close to the Dutch border and just south of the melting pot of the Ruhr area, with roots in the North of Germany, and with some lovely Danish cousins, Anja has always been curious about the links between history, language, culture and identity. She is looking forward to the discoveries that the further linguistic and cultural exploration of Unterstadt will bring.


based on the novel by Ivana Šojat
translated by Valentina Marconi

Thursday 4 July 19:30
Doors 19.00

Rose Lipman Building
43 De Beauvoir Rd
N1 5SQ

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