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August 13-15, 2024


The Suitcase

Lorna Elenora Vassiliades

What do you take with you when forced to leave your home?

What do you take with you when forced to leave your home because of war? Which items and memories do you pack?

On 13 August 1974 Lorna Eleonora Vassiliades began a new diary titled Dramatic Days. Exactly 50 years later, she revisits her past as a child refugee, in a heartfelt embodiment of loss.
This poignant journey of diaspora begins in London followed by Essex in the 60s, and continues to the Eastern Mediterranean coastal town of Famagusta, Cyprus in the 70s. Lorna, a once lonely and bullied child, finds belonging and joy in her parents' hometown, only for this to be abruptly stolen by the Turkish invasion.

Expect a deeply moving solo theatre show about personal and collective trauma, that is a call for justice and peace for all.

An exhibition will feature the items the artist and her parents took with them on the early evening of 13 August 1974 when they suddenly left.

Q&A with Journalist Vasoula Christodoulou 14 August

Supported by:
Queen Mary University of London, School of English and Drama
Cyprus High Commission Cultural Section


Part of the Camden Fringe Festival


Performer: Lorna Eleonora Vassiliades

Director: Pedro Perez Rothstein

Movement director: Despina Christianoudi

Exhibition curator: Eleni Chasioti


Estimated running time

60 minutes

Performance times


Ticket prices

£15, £10 (concessions)


Full-time students, those aged under 16, senior citizens, the unwaged, members of Equity and BECTU


Theatro Technis is fully wheelchair accessible. Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome in the auditorium. There is a Loop system fitted in the main auditorium. If you have any questions or specific requests, please email

Trigger Warnings: Contains references to bullying and war

Suitable for ages: 16+


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