Jan ‘Laco’ Kalina was a dramaturg, satirist, collector of jokes and writer of cabarets, born in Czechoslovakia in 1913. A Slovak Jew, he survived the fascists only to be imprisoned by the communists, who believed him a threat to the regime.
Digging through artefacts and stories from Laco’s remarkable life, Miriam pursues her granddad’s voice through his own jokes, skits and songs, conjuring up an archival cabaret that reverberates with laughter from a very different place and time.
With original music and a live band of Slovaks, Rendezvous in Bratislava traces family connections across national, historical and political borders, and celebrates the power of laughter in troubled times.
Created by: Miriam Sherwood
Composers and Music Directors: Thom Andrewes & Will Gardner
Musicians: Martin Jeriga, Maria Rehakova, Frantisek Holčík
Dramaturg: Catherine Carter
Associate Director: Zoë Tweed
Choreographer: Anna Tringham
Translation: Julia Sherwood
Additional Sound Mix: Benedict de Vries
Developed at Battersea Arts Centre and JW3, and supported by Arts Council England, the Golsoncott Foundation, Unity Theatre Trust, and the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation.
Thank you to our brilliant crowdfunder supporters: Claire Brocklehurst, Fiona Callow, Jack Dean, Jessica Gibbs, Shirley Halse, Alena Heitlinger, Malgorzata Hueckel, Eleonora Magomedova, Gaby Molloy, Emerson Povey, Andrea Pukova, David Sidor, Kieran Williams and those who wish to remain anonymous.