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Playreading: SCRISORILE CORBULUI – The Crow’s Letters

A Romanian translation of a text set in a magic temporality as a girl investigates the lives of Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and Assia Wevill.

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Aug 20, 2022

Event Ends

Aug 20, 2022


La Mama Courthouse


349 Drummond Street, Carlton VIC, Australia

A story that is global in reach, underpinned by the tumultuous lives of Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and Assia Wevill. The play has a multilingual component that has been carefully preserved in it’s Romanian translation. The magic, surrealist temporality, as the girl investigates others’ lives in a mysterious library, is a theme that is dear to Romanian psyche. The famous playwright Eugene Ionesco and the surrealist poet Tristan Tzara are both Romanian. Ionesco was a great admirer of surrealism and an Avant-Garde playwright, while Tristan Tzara played a key role in the literary movements Dada, Symbolism, Avant-Garde and Surrealism.

Content Warning: Violence against children

Playwright: R.Johns

Translator: Cristina Savin

Producer: Book of Dreams Theatre

Led by Romanian-born and trained actor: Roxana Păun Trifan

Image by Peter Mumford


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