[Cancelled] Why The Child Is Cooking In The Polenta

Dates and Times

Sun 22 March 2020 at 5.30pm

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Presented by Edith Alibec, directed by Dana Paraschiv

A bridge between reality and fiction, Edith Alibec’s multi-award-winning adaptation of Aglaja Veteranyi’s autobiographical book follows a family of circus artists who flee the Communist regime in Romania in the hope of establishing a better life in the West.

Among the caravans and the circus tents a family are caught between two worlds: the colorful, transfiguring high-top where the mother performs her death-defying stunts and the harsher reality of a nomadic life, where home is only to be found in your mother’s cooking.

Told from the perspective of the youngest child, this lyrical darkly comic tale is the story of a family always on the road and always the foreigners.

With the ability to be staged in three different languages (English, German and Romanian), this versatile production has previously been performed in Bucharest, Zurich, New York, Stockholm and Germany. It will be performed in English at Camden People’s Theatre.

Winner of the 2018 Bacău Fest Trophy, Actors for Actor Trophy and the Ştefan Iordache Onorific Prize in Romania.


“Edith Alibec’s performance is beyond revelatory.” – The Upcoming 

“Alibec put on a formidable performance.” – The Strand Magazine

“Her ability to transform herself is truly remarkable.” – Within Her Words


The show contains references to a fire-related incident and descriptions of violence that some viewers may find distressing. To read the detailed synopsis with the content to consider, please click here.


This show contains flashing light.

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About the company

Edith Alibec finished her acting studies in Germany. In 2016 her first play as a producer and an actress, Why the Child is Cooking in the Polenta, premiered in Munich, Germany with the support of The Cultural Department of the City of Munich.

Since then, she collaborated with the renowned film director Cristi Puiu on his latest feature film Malmkrog (which will premiere at Berlinale 2020 as part of the Encounters section) both as an actor and researcher and worked on 2 other theatre projects in Bucharest, Romania (A New and Better You by Joe Harbot and I’d Forgotten by Gabriel Sandu, both at POINT Cultural Hub). She is currently developing 4 other projects both in Romania as well as in the UK.

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