Mr. Balkan Returns to Melbourne

The award winning Australian Macedonian Theatre of Sydney returns to Melbourne in October with its latest production, Mr. Balkan.


Mr. Balkan, a tragic-comedy traces the emotional trauma and tragedy of the Macedonian nation. It sheds light on a little known period of Macedonian and European history where Macedonian children were removed from their native homes during the Greek Civil war and re-settled in Eastern European countries. Most were not allowed to return to their homes because of their Macedonian ethnicity. Some who agreed to adopt Greek names were allowed to return and those who refused re-settled in the Republic of Macedonia, Australia, USA and Canada or stayed in their adoptive Eastern European countries.

At times hilarious, sad, joyous and bittersweet, 'Mr. Balkan' is a celebration of the spirit of family, culture and a yearning to return to one's homeland. At its heart, this play shows how identity is both political and personal; while Mr. Balkan's separation from his homeland continues to torment him in his adult life, in seeking solace in his identity and in the memories of a stolen childhood, he has the will to go on.

Come laugh, cry and sing as we remember the struggles of the Macedonian Refugees - Detsa Begalsti!
7:30pm, Friday 29th October 2010

Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre,
Corner Bell Street & St. Georges Road,
Preston VIC 3072

Adults: $28
Pensioners / Concession / Students / Groups: $25
Children (Under 15): $22

Box Office (03) 8470 8280 - Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Tickets can also be purchased prior to the scheduled performance at the Box Office located within the foyer space of Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre (open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).