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UK Premiere of Prah by György Spiró

Friday 9 May 2014, 7pm
Saturday 10 May 2014, 7pm
Hungarian Cultural Centre
10 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NA


UK Premiere of Prah by György Spiró
Translated into English by Szilvia Naray-Davey
Performed by Anne-Marie Draycott and Zach Lee
Playwright György Spiró in conversation after the play

The Hungarian Cultural Centre in partnership with IgnitionStage proudly hosts two nights of the English language production of Prah, a play written by György Spiró.

Prah is a comedy which tells the tale of an ordinary couple whose life turns upside down when they win the lottery. At first, it seems to be a sort of a salvation, a remedy for all their sufferings. However, as husband and wife discuss the fate of the money and its impact on their lives, doubts starts to form regarding the benefits of their winnings. Prah is a story about the changing emotions of ordinary people who find themselves in an extraordinary situation.

György Spiró is a Hungarian novelist, essayist and playwright who is considered to be one of the most prominent authors of post-war Hungary. Spiró pursued his studies of Hungarian, Russian and Serbo-Croatian literature at Eötvös Loránd University and earned his degree of philology at the same institution in 1970. In 1972 he graduated from the College of Journalism in journalism and sociology. He has been involved in theatre and teaching since the start of his career. He has won many prestigious awards for his work such as the Attila József Prize, the Madách Prize, Prima Prize, the Kossuth Prize and the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary. On numerous occasions, his plays won Hungary's Best Drama of the Year title. His most famous writings include The X-s, Chickenhead, The Kingfisher, Dreaming for You and Captivity.

IgnitionStage is a small professional theatre company, established in Manchester in 2007. They have successfully produced three plays, bringing the work of new writers from the north west to the stage, both on local level and to national audiences at the Lowry Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and 24:7 Festival.Their remit has evolved and now includes producing translated contemporary drama from Central and Eastern European nations. By doing so, they wish to contribute to bridging the gap between 'us' and 'them', by demystifying the idea of foreign plays and, therefore, foreign cultures. They aim to achieve this by selecting thought-provoking, yet entertaining plays that translate well onto British Stage in the English language. Prah is their first translated production. 

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The UK production of Prah is supported by the Arts Council of England. 




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