Based on the true story of Andras Tomas, a Hungarian boy who was press-ganged into the Wehrmacht in 1942, taken to fight on the Eastern Front and then lost in Russia for 53 years…
Made in the summer of 2001 in the old Sokol gymnastics hall in Mseno, Czech Republic, My Long Journey Home was NIE’s first performance project. Based on the true story of Andras Tomas, a Hungarian boy who was press-ganged into the Wehrmacht in 1942, taken to fight on the Eastern Front and then lost in Russia for 53 years…
Andras finally returned home to a hero’s welcome in 1999. Using one small puppet and a simple set, My Long Journey Home conjures up a vast and impossible world and a cacophony of languages.
“This is the most tear-inducingly hilarious, stimulating, intelligent, and brilliant piece of theatre I have seen in years… The four actors are breathtaking and NIE is a seriously exciting company” – Three Weeks
Cast Robert Orr, David Pagan, Tomáš Měcháček, Kjell Moberg
Creative Team Alex Byrne (Director); Kateřina Housková (Set Design); Musical Director:(David Pagan)
The show has since played in 15 countries and had over 460 reprises prior to its final solo performance at the Kaposvar Festival, Hungary in May, 2006. My Long Journey Home is now only played as part of the European Narratives Trilogy, together with Past Half Remembered and The End of Everything Ever.
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