Miriam and her granddad are making a cabaret together.

They’re the perfect double act: he’s got the stories, she loves telling them, and they both have a flair for the theatrical.

The only problem is they’ve never met.

(He’s been dead for 39 years.)

Catch Rendezvous on our 2020 UK tour:

23rd–24th Apr—Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London (postponed due to COVID-19)
17th May—Slung Low at The Holbeck, Leeds (postponed due to COVID-19)

August–September 2020
 (postponed due to COVID-19)

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About the Show

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.


A Dynamite Island Production

Artistic Team

Created by: Miriam Sherwood

Composers and Music Directors: Thom Andrewes & Will Gardner

Performed by:
Thom Andrewes, Enrico Aurigemma, Will Gardner, Maria Rehakova & Miriam Sherwood

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.

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The original score of Rendezvous in Bratislava (by Thom Andrewes and Will Gardner) is now available as a studio recording!

Head over to our Bandcamp to stream/purchase the digital album or CD.

The show’s music shifts from folk and classical to jazz, comedy and synth pop, all in the service of telling one remarkable life story. Using forms and styles inspired by Laco Kalina’s life and work, and borrowing elements from a treasure trove of archival sources, these musical numbers provide a link between past and present.

The album was recorded by the cast of the show in Jan–Feb 2019 at Cavendish Studio, London, and mixed and mastered by Ben Andrewes. Thanks to Simon Andrewes, Martin Delgado, Sophie Ignatieff, Martin Jeriga, Maja & Tim Lambert, Enikö Leányvári, Andrew Parker, Chris Parkins, Christina Poulton, Lucie Steiner, Dan Strange, Gus Unger-Hamilton, Nathalie Vanpoperinghe, Maxwell Ward, and everyone who donated to the Rendezvous EP crowdfunder.

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“A celebration of what we inherit, perhaps without realising it, from those who came before us.”

Read the full review here

Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor

***** “Funny, warm and heart-wrenching”

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Tatjana Damjanovic, The Spy in the Stalls