The Ivy Door by Maria Manolescu

As communism takes hold in Bucharest, the Romanian Surrealist movement – spearheaded by Gellu Naum, scatters across the continent. Rather than leave his country, Naum retreats to a village near the capital; and then to Denmark, where he gives birth to a penguin called Apolodor (at least in this new mini-play by Maria Manolescu!).

Maria’s play is inspired by Naum’s most famous children’s character – Apolodor the penguin – and explores the personal contexts that may have led to his creation. It is a story of the extraordinary commitment of a national poet who was banned from writing for adults for more than two decades under the rules of the Soviet State.

Where else could you expect to see a play featuring a penguin, a man in lace and a story about love in the times of the Cold War?

Come along to King’s Place (London) on September 19th to see the first ever production of  ‘Poetry House Live’ (curated by the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation; directed, adapted and performed by GoodDog Theatre Company).