Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Lost in Transition, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock.
Mona Bozdog was a child when she heard the helicopters flying overhead. They’re on their way to get Ceausescu, she said to her favourite toy, hiding under a table. Now an adult, all she sees is irony in that situation. Years before, Ceausescu had brought in Decree 770, forbidding abortion and contraception to grow the Romanian population through the late 1960s and the 1970s.
It was predominantly those children and students – named the “decretei”, the product of the decree – whose lives he had ordered preserved who revolted, and he was executed as a result. Now, these children and their children are moving to Britain in search of a better life.
Bozdog’s father gave it three months when she left for Glasgow two years ago. “You cannot go back with your tail between your legs,” performer Nikoletta Thoma says to the audience seated around her on cushions on the stage; but nor can you feel entirely comfortable in a country where politicians such as Nigel Farage demand only “the right quality of people” enter. There is heart and insight in Bozdog’s real-life story of migration for our times, although at a little over half an hour it feels somewhat lighter than such a subject deserves.
Summerhall (Venue 26) until 23 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 20 August 2015
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