After a successful on-demand run streamed from London’s Cockpit Theatre during the darkest days of the UK’s third Covid lockdown, The Return returns live as part of the Camden Fringe 2021. The solo show, written and performed by Natasha Stanic Mann, gets its live premiere at Camden People’s Theatre, running from 24 to 26 August 2021.
The multi-disciplinary solo performance, combining storytelling with movement and poetry, explores the hidden consequences of war on the family and freedom of choice.
Based on Natasha’s personal experience of growing up during the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, The Return investigates the experience of living through the war in Croatia in the 1990s and how that might have influenced where she is now.
In a collage-like fashion, the piece probes the character’s thoughts and feelings through movement, spoken word, and poetry. It is a profoundly personal story that questions our freedom of choice.
The Return was devised with Filomena Campus and Andres Velasquez and directed by Velasquez. It has lighting by Josephine Tremelling, sound by Valentino Nioi, costumes by Emily Harwood, and music by Iva Bittova. The poem ‘The Return’ is by Dobriša Cesarić. The production is supported by Arts Council England.
During Camden Fringe 2021, The Return runs at Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, London NW1 2PY, with performances (45 minutes) on 24 to 26 August at 7.15pm. Tickets are priced £12 (£10 concessions). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Natasha is a graduate of the International School of Corporeal Mime, and former artistic director of Visual Theatre Festival Labin, Croatia. She has also recently performed in a video installation called Time of Stillness. During this installation, she posed in front of a video camera, inviting the audience to participate in the process of making a portrait, not on canvas, but in their mind.
What the critics say
“A breath-taking show using music and movement to explore childhood memories…Mann’s performance is striking, thought-provoking and, on occasion, completely bewildering” – ★★★★★ Everything Theatre
“The Return evokes a plethora of triggers and questions surrounding personal journey and influences of who we are with the physical nature of the performance” – The Reviews Hub