FEATURES IN A NEW PLAY
Leeds-based theatre company imagine if is set to tour its new production Jadek to key Yorkshire venues including Leeds.
Jadek – which is written phonetically and is Polish for ‘Grandfather’ is the semi-autobiographical story of its writer, Francesca Joy, who in her 20s moved in with her blind, 94-year-old Polish Grandad. The play explores how this unexpected turn of events affected both their lives.
In the play, Grandad found a home in Yorkshire in 1945 after spending six years fighting and surviving World War 2. He likes a whisky and hates the ventilation in his front room. Every morning he opens his eyes and a sorrowful “bloody hell” escapes his lips as he realises he’s still blind.
Tasha found a home at her Grandad’s house after spending what felt like most of her life at war; she drinks way too much beer, has moved house over 30 times, and is trying to sell her children’s storybook to London publishers.
Taking the role of Grandad is Piotr Baumann – an established Polish actor who has just spent a year on Coronation Street as roofer Jan Lozinski.
Jadek is audio described for those with visual impairments and imagine if is working extensively with blind/visually impaired communities and those with Polish heritage in each of the regions on the tour.
The play is in Leeds on November 17 at Slung Low Leeds
For more information www.imagineif.co.uk