Bulgarian Folklore: Jo Tomalin talks to Miro Kokenov about The Burning Gadulka and how he hopes to tour it beyond the Edinburgh Fringe. The play for one actor is directed by Milena Aneva, written in Bulgarian by Rayko Baychev and translated into English by Angela Rodel.
Following a series of failures at music festivals, a Bulgarian musician faces a midlife crisis. Is his lifelong love affair with his instrument – the gadulka, about to be challenged by the arrival of a mysterious girl? Will his crippling shyness destroy any relationship before it can begin? Where do pandas come into the dilemma? Miro Kokenov takes us on a comic journey of doubt, sarcasm and the wonders of nature. ‘A worthwhile experience’ **** (LondonTheatre1.com). ‘Consuming and purifying’ ***** (BgBen.co.uk).