‘THE AMERICANA’ by Maria Vigar at King's College

To celebrate International Women’s Day, playwright and performer Maria Vigar presents a revival of The Americana at King’s College London for two days only on the 14th and 15th April 2016.

Inspired by true events, The Americana is a one-woman play set in northern Greece during the Civil War of the 1940s. The story focuses on two women: a mother (The Americana) and her daughter Katerina who become separated by the crisis, abandoned by the men in their family.

The Americana secretly organises the escape of her children from their Communist-held mountain village, and her defiance seals her fate as a traitor. Katerina, in her new home, discovers a shifting political order and social ideal based on equality and the inclusion of women. For the first time, women are being given the right to vote and are encouraged to play an active role in the beginnings of a local government.

Unaware of her mother’s situation, Katerina takes great delight in writing letters to The Americana explaining how her ideas are developing; that she is becoming independent, confident and has a vision of a better life for women. This sense of empowerment leads to her decision to join the freedom fighters in the mountains, as she looks forward to a speedy reunion with her mother that will never come…

With Maria playing both roles, this symbolises a country which is one, but torn apart. Though a story of the past, The Americana will surely resonate with the experiences of numerous women and families in war-torn parts of the world today.

This inspired piece of theatre owes as much to Maria Vigar's controlled and powerful performance as it does to the sensitive balance and deceptive simplicity of her script... The Greek Civil War provides the context for a disjointed dialogue between mother and daughter separated by a doomed maternal wish on the part of the former to alienate her daughter from the neurotic warring factions. Vigar plays both parts superbly, using the barest of gestures to make smooth, beautifully paced transitions from the mother's acute pessimism to the daughter's blind optimism... This is thoughtful and disturbing material that casts a cold and unflattering eye over the horror of a country at war with its own.”

- James Christopher, TIME OUT


Listings Information:


The College Chapel, King’s College London, Strand, WC2R 2LS

Thursday 14th & Friday 15th April 2016


Tickets: General Admission £12.50, Students £7.50 (plus booking fee)

Available here


Writer & Performer: Maria Vigar

Musician: Rachel Coe

Composer: Ian Schofield


For more information, contact Jen Russell of King’s College on 020 7848 4342


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