Family Stories deposits us in the middle of one of the bloodiest European conflicts since the Second World War, which dismantled Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
Written by the Serbian playwright Biljana Srbljanović, Family Stories depicts the confused state of affairs into which her country was thrust and addresses the theme of childhood in a series of wild, violent scenarios.
Amid the ruins of war-devastated Yugoslavia, four characters play a game, pretending to be a family, reproducing the delirious behaviour of disoriented adults. Little by little, the logic of war is revealed, created and maintained by the political power manifested at every level of society.
Srbljanović invites us to see the war in a playful light, and the theatre as the place where adults continue to do what children do: create a game.
By Biljana Srbljanović
Directed by Nastazja Domaradzka
Designed by Alice Sales
Lighting design by George Seal
Sound design by Jovana Backovic
Family Stories is performed by graduating students of Bristol School of Acting.
- RUNNING TIME1 hour + 40 mins (no interval)
- AGE RECOMMENDATION16+
- TICKETS£12 / £10
- VENUESpielman Theatre
Content warnings: adult themes, violence, sex, adult language and swearing
19:30 + 14:30 matinee (Saturday only)