DOI: 10.5040/9781784605438.00000002
Scenes: 13. Roles: Male (3) , Female (4) , Neutral (0)

Tena Štivičić's play Fragile! is a drama about the people behind the tabloid stories of migrant workers and sex-trafficking in twenty-first-century Europe. It was first performed at the Arcola Theatre, London, on 4 September 2007.

The play is set in present-day London (2007). Mila is a Croatian singer who dreams of a career in the musicals; Marko is a Serb who wants to be a stand-up comedian. They both work for Michi, a Bulgarian whose bar is a focal-point for immigrants from the former Yugoslavia who want to leave the Balkan war and its legacy behind. Another patron is Erik, a Scandinavian journalist who almost lost his life in the war and did lose his lover, Tiasha, who he believes to be dead. But after being trafficked throughout Europe as a prostitute, Tiasha arrives in London and everyone at Michi's discovers that dreams break easily and the past is not so easy to escape.

The Arcola Theatre production was directed by Michael Gieleta and designed by James Macnamara. It was performed by Catherine Cusack, Joseph Garton, Georgiana James, Edward Kingham, Rayisa Kondracki, Stella Maris and John Moraitis.

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Nick Hern Books

Tena Štivičić

ISBN: 9781854599902

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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