Why the Child is Cooking in the Polenta

Dates and Times

Tuesday 14th September at 9pm

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£12 (£10 concession)

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Presented by Edith Alibec

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 colourful,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 familyalways 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.


This performance contains violence.


This performance contains flashing lights.

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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 renown film director Cristi Puiu on his latest feature film both as an actor and researcher and worked on three other theatre projects in Bucharest, Romania.

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Upcoming Performances

Tue 14 Sep, 2021
9:00 pm