Dreams Die Hard
An unplanned pregnancy, a Turkish lover, loveless marriages, an absent father and a monkey. This is Olive’s story. Inspired by a diary as the second world war was drawing to a close in April 1945.
It is a story where east meets west and where north travels south.
Peace ensues after a bloody war and Europe struggles to its feet. But the madness of division and derision simmers under the façade of harmony.
Where do I belong? Where is my land and who are my people?
And how am I going to care for this baby?
I find in this narrow world, I have to conform to a pattern. My spirit of adventure must be sacrificed. Ever since I was a child, I’ve wanted to travel to find a Utopia. Travel on and on till I found it. Well, dreams die hard.
Performed and written by Rachel Karafistan
Inspired by a diary by Olive Hyamson
Directed by Kuba Pierzchalski
Music by Kuba Pierzchalski
Premiere: Berlin, November 2017