Vanaisa - Grandfather

"Grandfather" is written by Estonian author Maimu Berg, directed by David Adamson. The play is based on diary of Helmut Seping, father of Maimu Berg and grandfather of Julia Laffranque.

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THE THEATRE CLUB OF THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS

(“COURT IN THE ACT”) and TAGORA present:

“GRANDFATHER” (“VANAISA”)

A PLAY BY MAIMU BERG TO MARK THE CENTENARY OF

THE REPUBLIC OF ESTONIA

DIRECTED BY DAVID ADAMSON

“Grandfather” narrates, in a family setting, the main historical events and turning points of Estonia’s recent past. The play has been translated into English by Siiri Aulik and edited by Martin Weston. The scenes of the play are set in October 1944 and February 2018.

Cast:

Lembit, grandfather: young Lembit: Sebastian Yobe Bowen (France/USA)

old Lembit I: Martin Weston (France/UK)

old Lembit II: Richard Thayer (France/UK)

Rutt, his granddaughter: Julia Laffranque (Estonian judge at the European Court of Human Rights)

Leida, his sister: Janis Symons (France/UK)

Hilja, his wife: Jeannine O’Kane (France/Ireland)

Regina, the woman he loves: Natalia Kobylarz (France/Poland)

Costumes: Marie-Claude Leroux (France)

Technical and sound: David Crowe (France/UK)  and Jeannine O’Kane

See also in Estonian Newspaper Õhtuleht, 18.01.2018:  https://www.ohtuleht.ee/852729/kohtunik-julia-laffranque-esitab-strasbou...

Lembit: “/../ Maybe it’s cowardice, but I don’t want to start all over again, even if nothing but goodness and beauty awaited me. That’s not reality. Happiness and goodness aren’t reality, they’re an illusion. /../ My journey ... They are my sufferings and losses, but also my victories. Let it be. And as for the state – that is our common lot. I can’t speak on behalf of a nation. It’s not for me to decide, but if you ask me, it’s our history, complicated and hard, but I am proud of it, so let the future bring what it may.”

Photos: Veronika Mets (France/Estonia), Martyn Symons (France/UK)

 

The perfaormance will be in English and last a bit less than an hour. Free entry. NB! Security control of the European Court of Human Rights must be passed.

Organizer

Julia Laffranque

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