A Romanian translation of a text set in a magic, surrealist temporality as a girl investigates the tumultuous lives of Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and Assia Wevill.

A story that is global in reach, underpinned by the tumultuous lives of Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and Assia Wevill. The play has a multilingual component that has been carefully preserved in it’s Romanian translation. The magic, surrealist temporality, as the girl investigates others’ lives in a mysterious library, is a theme that is dear to Romanian psyche. The famous playwright Eugene Ionesco and the surrealist poet Tristan Tzara are both Romanian. Ionesco was a great admirer of surrealism and an Avant-Garde playwright, while Tristan Tzara played a key role in the literary movements Dada, Symbolism, Avant-Garde and Surrealism.

Content Warning: Violence against children

Playwright: R.Johns

Translator: Cristina Savin

Producer: Book of Dreams Theatre

Led by Romanian-born and trained actor: Roxana Păun Trifan

Image by Peter Mumford


Access Information:

Visual rating 50%: Events are partly subtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.

Aural Rating 50%: Has both sound and visual components, but sight isn’t essential to be able to engage with the event.