[Foreign Affairs] presents a rehearsed reading of award-winning Croatian play Unterstadt, based on the novel of the same name by Ivana Šojat

After eighteen years, Katarina returns to her hometown of Osijek, to visit her estranged mother, only for her to die just before she arrives. Guided by an old family friend, Katarina embarks on a journey through her family history. Characters from a distant past come to life; her great-grandfather, who fought in World War I, and her grandmother’s siblings, who fought on opposite sides in World War II. But there are also ghosts from a more recent past: Katarina’s boyfriend, who died during the wars of the 1990s, and her parents and grandmother, who hid their true heritage from her.

The play follows four generations of women of German descent living in Osijek from the beginning of the twentieth century through to the beginning of the twenty first.

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.

The reading is presented by special arrangement with Ivana Šojat, Zlatko Sviben and the Croatian National Theatre.


Thursday 4 July 2019

7:30PM (doors 7:00PM)


PWYC £6, £9, £12, £15

‘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

Creative Team

Andrea Giordani
Anja M. Jacobsen
Atilla Akinci
Aude Le Pape
Daniel Anderson
Julia Cranney
Laura Sophie Helbig
Petar Cirvin
Rebecca Dyson Smith

Based on a novel by Ivana Šojat
Adapted for the stage by Zlatko Sviben

Valentina Marconi

Ria Samartzi

Camila França & Trine Garrett

Anja M. Jacobsen

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