FROM STONE
SARAJEVO WAR THEATRE
The Bosnian landscape is scattered with some sixty thousand monumental mediaeval tombstones known as stecci. Though little is understood of their enigmatic decorations, their beauty and emotive power have been an inspiration to successive generations for whom the stones have helped define the origins and identity of the Bosnian people. Mak Dizdar, among the greatest Balkan poets, devoted a celebrated cycle of writings (Kameni Spavac, The Stone Sleeper) to the stecci, finding in them a timeless humanity and nobility. FROM STONE adapts Dizdar's poetry with subtle movement, dance and music to bring the power of the stones, their metaphors and their symbols into life. Unusual and atmospheric theatre inspired by the ancient spiritual tradition of Bosnia.

Sarajevo War Theatre
Sarajevo War Theatre (Sarajevski Ratni Teatar, SARTR) came spontaneously into being in 1992, during the early months of the attack on Bosnia. This group of artists and theatre professionals from all backgrounds were united by their determination to keep the spirit and culture of their city alive as the fighting worsened. Under almost impossible conditions and constant shelling, SARTR staged nine productions and some two thousand performances during the siege of Sarajevo - existing almost as an underground 'national theatre'. The company has blossomed since the end of the war, touring widely in Europe, creating its own theatre school and exploring the therapeutic power of theatre to help overcome the post war traumas experienced by many children in Bosnia.

Sunday 22nd September at 8.30pm
Tickets 9 (5 Concessions) Includes entrance to 'Stone Sleeper' poetry event at 7pm (see section 'Literature events')
RIVERSIDE STUDIOS, CRISP ROAD, HAMMERSMITH, W6 9RL
BOX OFFICE 020 8237 1111


PREMIERE
SARAJEVO WAR THEATRE
A new play by Ines Tanovic, who is emerging as one of the most talented young writers in Bosnia. In Premiere, a prison camp manager has decided to stage a production of Jean Genet's The Maids with the sole intention of using the plot as a cruel means to execute his inmates on stage. As the performers gradually realise their fate, they find a way to manipulate the plot to their advantage, while ensuring the ultimate purity of theatre. A compelling portrayal of evil, war and truth.

Tuesday 24 September at 8pm
Tickets 9 (5 Concessions)
RIVERSIDE STUDIOS, CRISP ROAD, HAMMERSMITH, W6 9RL
BOX OFFICE 020 8237 1111