Crisp winters tale of family

3 winters picLondon-based Croatian writer Tena Štivičić’s National Theatre debut keeps it in the family, with 70 years of history refracted through one Zagreb house and one bloodline.

Ambitious, exquisitely constructed 3 Winters shifts seamlessly between three time periods: 1945, birth of Communist Yugoslavia, when fierce partisan Rose (Jo Herbert) appropriated part of the house where her mother (Josie Walker) was a maid; 1990, as civil war looms and Rose’s family mourns her passing; and 2011, when independent Croatia negotiates EU membership, and the clan gathers for Lucia’s (Sophie Rundle) wedding to a capitalist tycoon who’s bought the property and evicted the other tenants.

Read my full Ham & High review here

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