In Memory of a Young Child, Directed by Ioli Andreadi, in London on Oct. 14 (Vid)

A scene from In Memory of a Young Child, directed by Ioli Andreadi, with actor Kostas Nikouli. The play will be performed in London on October 14. Photo by Stavros Habakis

LONDON, UK – In Memory of a Young Child, directed by Ioli Andreadi will be performed with the support of the Greek Ministry of Culture at the Jubilee Theatre, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Ln in London, UK, on Monday, Oct. 14, 6 PM.

An original play written in 2019 by director Andreadi, who holds a PhD from King’s College, London, and sociologist Aris Asproulis (a PhD candidate at Panteion University), In Memory of a Young Child is a detective story based on real events, following a decade’s research into the mysterious Rodokanachi family.

A modern-day series of murders of people with the surname Rodokanachi leads the police detective investigating the case to look for evidence from the past: historical archives, photos, articles, and other publications from the beginning of the 20th century. The performance takes place 100 years after the death of poet Plato Rodokanachi.

The show premiered in Athens in spring 2019, in the atmospheric courtyard of the historic Asylum for Neurodisability, to excellent reviews and a very warm audience response.

The play has been published in Athens by Kapa Ekdotiki (2019). The aim is for the performance to travel to the key locations where the Rodokanachi family lived and acted. The first stop, the main building of the Asylum for Neurodisability in Athens, was also the last Athenian Rodokanachi family house. The second stop is London, where the 17th century, poet and alchemist Constantine Rodokanachi, personal doctor of King Charles II, had his laboratory in Aldwych. He became well-known because he helped build the large Greek community in the heart of London, the name “Greek Street” is derived from Greeks who inhabited the Soho Fields area, and also because he contributed to curing the plague with a secret medicine known as Alexicacus Spiritus Mundi, a protection against all evil spirits in the world.

A scene from In Memory of a Young Child, directed by Ioli Andreadi, with Despoina Sarafidou and Roula Pateraki. Photo by Stavros Habakis

Andreadi and Asproulis told The National Herald that “we are excited that the performance will be presented as a once-only event, followed by a discussion with Professor Joe Kelleher at the University of Roehampton.”

The performance will be accompanied by an exhibition curated by Iris Kritikou, entitled “I can feel inside of me something really blond.”

The performance will be the first time that legendary Greek artist Roula Pateraki has performed outside of Greece.

Both the performance and the post-show discussion will be livestreamed using the platform of the online magazine of science, poetry and literature 1-2.gr.

A scene from In Memory of a Young Child, directed by Ioli Andreadi, with actor Kostas Nikouli. Photo by Stavros Habakis

In Memory of a Young Child by Ioli Andreadi and Aris Asproulis at the Jubilee Theatre, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Ln in London, UK, on Monday, Oct. 14, 6 PM.

Direction-Movement: Ioli Andreadi

Research: Aris Asproulis

Set – Costume Design: Penelope Aslanoglou

Lighting Design: Stevi Koutsothanasi

Music Selected by: Alexandros Gkonis

Curator: Iris Kritikou

Photos: Stavros Habakis

Video Trailer: Michael Mavromoustakos

Assistant Director: Natasha Petropoulou

Produced by: 1+1=1 Theatre Company

Performed by: Roula Pateraki, Despoina Sarafidou, and Kostas Nikouli.