Dreams Die Hard
In 1944 the doodlebug bombs rain down on London.
As well as death and destruction they create random encounters, encounters that occassionally erupt into life. A Turkish Cypriot man hides under a table with a British woman from Liverpool.
2 August 1945, the Potsdam treaty is ratified.
Europe is divided.
The woman from Liverpool gives birth to a baby in a hospital in London.
That baby is my Father.
I grow up, British – whatever that means.
I must have a very strong streak of foreign blood in me because I’ve never in my life felt any love for my country. 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.
– Olive Davis, London 1945
Performed and written by Rachel Karafistan
Inspired by a diary by Olive Davis
Directed by Kuba Pierzchalski
Music by Kuba Pierzchalski
Premiere: 12th and 13th October 2018, Theater Haus Mitte, Berlin
Set and Props: Jo Johnston www.johnston-x-kröner.de
Props and Video Animation: Kamil Macejko
With help of