Pepper & Honey
by Kristina Gavran
So, what’s “home”? That’s the question Ana, a young Croatian woman, poses as she settles in the UK.
Ana has been on a journey. Croatian born, she’s arrived in the UK, determined to make it home. As she focuses on life in this new land, she is haunted by the voice of her Grandma- calling for her to stay true to national identity and yearning for Ana to come home. As Grandma bakes her traditional Croatian pepper biscuits (believed to bring a loved one back home), will this be enough to be reunited with her granddaughter? But what is “home” to Ana now?
Written by a Croatian playwright and performed by a Croatian actor, Pepper & Honey is a poignant, subtle and timely play about the journey of change, cultural differences, trying not to feel like a foreigner in your adopted country, and the conflict between upholding the traditions of the “old country” and embracing those of the new.
In these strange new times, join us for a heart-warming performance that says more now than ever about the need for tolerance and the power of human connection, even over distance.
SPRING 2023 TOUR
Fri 28 Apr
Farnham Maltings, Surrey
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Sun 30 Apr
Greenwich Theatre, London
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“A beautifully written story. There was not a dry eye in the house by the end” – Reviews Hub ★★★★
“Flows fantastically from one perspective to the next. A story of new beginnings, loss, and the sharing of cultures.” – Reviews Hub ★★★★
“A warm and gentle show, it captures the transient and precarious nature of life as an immigrant in the UK in the current climate” – The Stage ★★★★
“a subtle and charming production … Gavran’s writing is alive with sensuous detail” – British Theatre Guide
“incredibly touching, real and resonating” – A Younger Theatre
Pepper and Honey is supported by In Good Company, the Unity Theatre Trust, the Sir Barry Jackson Trust, and by National Lottery funding from Arts Council England.
Written by- Kristina Gavran
Directed by- Tilly Branson
Designed by- Eleanor Field
Performer and Producer- Tina Hofman
Composer- Jovana Backovic
Lighting Designer- James Stokes
Sound Designer- Adam McCready
Projection Designer- David Hately
Movement Director – Kitty Randle
Graphic Design – Fernando / Nerea Perez Rivero
Marketing- Claire Bowdler
Producer- Anna Hainsworth
Digital Producer – Hannah Stone
We’ve shown our earliest ideas for this show at Scratch That Itch at Derby Theatre, Pulse Festival’s Scratch Day, York Theatre Royal, Arc Stockton, and as part of Camden People’s Theatre’s No Direction Home Festival.
Pepper & Honey subsequently toured to Edinburgh, York, Gillingham, Hampshire, Wolverhampton and Voila! Theatre Festival.