Solo show about Bulgarian history after the fall of the communist bloc, told through the point of view of a seven-year-old girl, an unravelling couple and an 80s game show host.
Following the success of their Edinburgh Fringe season in 2018 with a story of love, breaking free and Europe, Total Theatre Award winner Two Destination Language announce a UK tour of Fallen Fruit this Autumn.
In 1989, as the Berlin Wall splits open, a young girl looks forward to life beyond communism, a couple unravels, and 80s TV permeates everything. In 2019, Britain will leave the EU and Boris Johnson is Prime Minister, while Europe celebrates 30 years since the end of the Cold War.
This is a solo show performed by Katherina Radeva exploring identity, borders and choice, with dramaturgy by Alister Lownie and music based on 80’s classics by Tim Blazdell. The story of Bulgaria’s acceleration away from its past in the communist bloc, into the uncertain future of today - told in turn by a seven-year-old girl, a couple in turmoil and a sharp-tongued 80s game show host.
The fragmented narrative is structured around Katherina’s memories of living in the East, with one foot now firmly cemented in the capitalist West, resulting in a funny, sweet and thought provoking one hour show demonstrating the complexities in dichotomy.
Performed on a striking set combining a metaphoric wall of children’s building bricks surrounding her, Katherina moves gracefully around the staging, weaving her tales of a childhood gone by before a pugnacious performance emerges.
At a time when the UK faces a future of uncertainty, Fallen Fruit demonstrates that the fall of the Berlin Wall did not bring the capitalist utopia that citizens hoped for and the outside world expected.