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Europa brings together four European theatres: Birmingham Repertory Theatre (UK), Dresden State Theatre (Germany), Teatr Polski Bydgoszcz (Poland) and Zagreb Youth Theatre (Croatia) – and four leading playwrights from each country – Steve Waters (UK), Lutz Hübner (Germany), Malgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk (Poland) and Tena Š tivicic (Croatia).
This revelatory piece of theatre sets out to explore the possibilities of collaborative playwriting, to produce a single work that is multi-authored and multi-lingual. Drawing on first-hand accounts, including memories from the 1930s up to the present day, the playwrights have collaborated to overcome language barriers and weave their separate languages into one single dramatic entity. The resulting play engages with increased levels of debate about European identity versus national identity.
This edition features both the multi-lingual and the English text, and has an introduction by the dramaturg behind the project, Caroline Jester.
About the Author
Malgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk is one of Poland's foremost contemporary playwrights. Her plays include The Death of the Squirrel Man, The Suitcase, and Loose Screws.
Tena Š tivicic studied Dramaturgy in Zagreb and Writing for Performance in London. Her plays include Can't Escape Sundays, The Two of Us, and Fragile!, as well as plays for children Perceval – the Quest for the Grail and Psssst!
Lutz Hübner was born at Heilbronn in 1964. One of the most performed playwrights in Germany, his recent plays include Das Herz eines Boxers (Heart of a Boxer), Creeps, Hotel Paraiso and Ehrensache (Respect).
Steve Waters is a British playwright. His plays includes World Music, The Contingency Plan and Ignorance/Jahiliyyah and he is author of the book The Secret Life of Plays.
Born in 1964 in Heilbronn. He trained as an actor and was subsequently engaged at several German theaters. Since 1996 he has been a freelance writer and director in Berlin, where he lives with his family. He has written forty plays, which have been translated in twelve languages. Currently he is the most played living German playwright.
Malgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk is a playwright and screenplay author. She graduated from Warsaw University after studying Journalism, Political Studies and Gender Studies. She is also a graduate of Screenplay Studio at The Film and Theatre Academy in Lodz. Her plays have been translated into English, German, French, Serbian Croatian, Czech, Russian, Romanian, Ukranian, Swedish, Spanish and Hebrew. Readings of her plays have been held in Poland, Germany, France, Sweden, Czech Republic, Russia, Romania, Belgium, Spain and the USA.
Tena Stivicic is a playwright, screenwriter and columnist. She holds a BA in Dramaturgy from the Academy of Drama Art in Zagreb and an MA in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her award-winning plays have been produced across Europe and translated into a number of languages. Her play Seven Days in Zagreb was the Croatian partner in the ETC Orient Express international project in summer 2009. Her 2011 play Invisible, commissioned by Transport and the New Wolsey Theatre is currently in film development with Good Films.