Croatian play Pepper and Honey’s Midlands dates

Published: 1 November 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

A “poignant, subtle and timely play” about trying not to feel like a foreigner in your adopted country, Pepper and Honey is touring and will play two Midlands dates.

Written by Croatian playwright Kristina Gavran and performed by Croatian actor Tina Hofman, Pepper and Honey premièred at Derby Theatre in spring 2019.

It features Ana, a young Croatian woman who arrives in the UK determined to make it her 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 her national identity and yearning for Ana to come home.

Hofman, who is also artistic director of Notnow Collective which is presenting Pepper and Honey, said, “twenty years ago, Croatians needed a visa to enter the UK. After 2013, we were able to enter in the same queue as any EU national.

“Kristina and I have committed to a life and making home and forming strong community bonds here. We’re raising our multicultural families here in the Midlands.

“I’m thrilled to be taking Pepper and Honey on tour and sharing true Croatian experiences with a huge range of audiences.”

Pepper and Honey is directed by Tilly Branson with design by Eleanor Field. Composer is Jovana Backovic, lighting is by James Stokes and sound by Adam McCready. Movement director is Kitty Randle.

The play is at the Arena Wolverhampton on Saturday 16 November and Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester on Sunday 17 November. It will tour in 2020 to locations across the Midlands.