Nuclear Family

Mon 22nd – Sat 27th Aug 2011


“Divided we fall apart, united we might blow up.”





Written by Desiree Gezentsvey / Performed by Yael Gezentsvey


They immigrated, they’re free. What more could they possibly want?

Tickle your imagination as Kiwi actor Yael Gezentsvey

takes on twelve multi-cultural characters in a ‘tour-deforce

performance’ in this 'riveting' solo-show written

'with heart, tragedy and a fair balance of true comedy'

by Desirée Gezentsvey (Fringe Review/Theatre Guide).

'Nuclear Family' is a comedic drama set in green New

Zealand on the eve of the Chernobyl disaster, following

a colourful bunch of Venezuelan and Soviet Jewish

immigrants as they swing between the shocks and

delights of their new lives. If only Abi’s in-laws could

get out of the Soviet Union and be reunited with their

family, she just might stop longing for her own in

Venezuela. And if shrewd old Babushka could get her

granddaughter Zina to sort out her own life instead of

trying to manipulate everyone else’s, she would fulfill a

promise she once made. Longing to belong in this

upside-down world of Kiwis and other quirky

immigrants, they struggle with the realization that

although the grass is definitely greener on the free side,

the fence is still there, and their loved ones are on the

other side. Are freedom and control over one's destiny

only illusions?

Playwright Desirée Gezentsvey is a graduate of the MA in Scriptwriting at the International Institute of

Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington. She has had plays and short films produced and is the

author of the bilingual poetry book ‘next time around/la próxima vez’ (Steele Roberts, NZ). New to

London, actor Yael Gezentsvey is a graduate of both Victoria University and Unitec in New Zealand,

where she completed degrees in Film and Theatre, and Acting. Yael has worked as an actor, producer,

director and writer on various stage and screen productions including TVNZ’s Sunday Theatre television

feature film 'A Piece of My Heart', and her own original play 'Paper Scissors Rock'.

‘Nuclear Family’ premiered at the 2011 Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia.


“An exceptional piece of theatre not to be missed!” (Fringe Benefits)

‘Relevant in today’s society’, the show 'captures the audience with comedy and depth… the audience is entertained until the curtain falls” (Fringe Benefits)

Admission: £10(£8)

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