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14 May 2020 - 25 Jul 2020

Royal Shakespeare Company: Europeana

A breathless race through the chaotic kaleidoscope of 20th century history in Europe based on Patrik Ouředník's bestseller.

Compress 100 years of European history into a fast-paced, eclectic narrative and you have Europeana, which collides the invention of the bra with the tragedy of the Holocaust, Barbie with dictators, and human stories with epic events. This brand new adaptation of the colourful, satirical Czech novel is a breathless race through the chaotic kaleidoscope of 20th century history. Europeana is a playful investigation of collective memory and our stubborn belief in progress.

Based on the book by Patrik Ouředník and adapted by Maria Aberg and Judith Gerstenberg

Swan Theatre, Stratford upon Avon
14 May - 25 July 2020

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About Patrik Ouředník
Patrik Ouředník was born in Prague‚ but emigrated to France in 1984‚ where he still lives. He is the author of eight books‚ including fiction‚ essays‚ and poems. He is also the Czech translator of novels‚ short stories‚ and plays from such writers as François Rabelais‚ Alfred Jarry‚ Raymond Queneau‚ Samuel Beckett‚ and Boris Vian. He has received a number of literary awards for his writing‚ including the Czech Literary Fund Award.

About Europeana
Patrik Ouředník’s first novel to be translated into English is a unique version of the history of the twentieth century. Told in an informal, mesmerizing voice, Ouředník represents the twentieth century in all its contradictions and grand illusions, demonstrating that nothing substantial has changed between 1900 and 1999—humanity is still hopeful for the future and still mired in age-old conflicts. As he demonstrates that nothing can be reduced to a single, true viewpoint, Ouředník mixes hard facts and idiosyncratic observations, highlighting the horror and absurdity of the twentieth century and the further absurdity of attempting to narrate this history.

Published by Dalkey Archive Press in 2005, translated by Gerald Turner

Part of
PROJEKT EUROPA in blue and yellow letters
A season celebrating the best of European theatre making









The Swan Theatre, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LS

From: 14 May 2020
To: 25 Jul 2020


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