Little Jokes in Times of War

Concert or Performance

21 Jul 2021 to 31 Jul 2021 Once Only Event

Little Jokes in Times of War, created and performed by Charlotte Salusinszky, is back for a return season. It will be performed at Kings Cross Theatre from July 21 – 31, presented by Shopfront Arts Co-Op in association with KXT bAKEHOUSE Theatre.

First developed and performed in 2020 for Shopfront’s ArtsLab Residency, Little Jokes in Times of War is a one-woman autobiographical performance which centres on the role of Salusinszky’s grandmother in her family’s escape from Hungary in 1956.

Using quirky vignettes that dissect the narrative from multiple angles, Salusinszky interweaves her grandmother’s story with her present-day experience of being a second-generation migrant living in Australia. The work examines the emotional labour women enact in crisis situations, as well as its intergenerational impact.

Generations and time periods collide in Salusinszky’s self-imposed quest to see if she is a ‘real Salusinszky woman,’ living up to the self-sacrifice and bravery of her gutsy foremother.

“In researching my grandmother’s life, I’ve had to confront the toll that being a ‘loud’ woman had on her,” says Salusinszky. “It’s a story that I hope will particularly resonate among women, the Hungarian community and families with a history of migration.”

“It is complete seduction The content is riveting and confronting. It has no sentimentality. It is rigorous and fearless This work deserves exposure again and again.” – Kevin Jackson Theatre Reviews


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Event Dates

Once Only Event

21 Jul 2021 to 31 Jul 2021

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