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The Burning Gadulka at The Drayton Arms Theatre

The Burning GadulkaWith humour and sarcasm, the musician tells a story about his relationship with the Gadulka. An instrument often overlooked and unremarkable in its appearance, it is in fact the backbone of the Bulgarian folk orchestra. By blaming the Gadulka and undermining its functionality and significance, the Gadulka player reveals the similarities between himself and the instrument. He takes us on a journey through the mysteries and fear we all face on a daily basis.

The performance is based on Bulgarian culture and reveals to the audience the characteristics of Bulgarian folklore, traditional dances and costumes.

Sometimes the Balkans seem to me a terrible place, full of absurdities and severe apathy that disintegrates everything around them. Other times I see their beauty and joy, a strange smile peering stupidly everywhere and making you smile, asking you to go figure them out yourself.” Rayko Baychev

The Burning Gadulka
14th – 18th June (Tuesday, Wednesday in Bulgarian with English subtitles; Thursday, Friday, Saturday in English)
Start Time: 8pm  (Duration: 65 min)
The Drayton Arms Theatre, 153 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, London, SW5 0LJ.
Nearest Tube station: Gloucester Road
Price: General Admission £ 14 / Concessions £ 10
The age group the activity is intended for:  11+
Phone number for publications: 07720376577


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