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Pieces of a Woman: Award winning Netflix film comes to the stage

From the writer and director behind the award-winning hit Netflix film, Battersea Arts Centre presents TR Warszawa’s Pieces of a Woman.

Set in present-day Warsaw, Pieces of a Woman is a family drama following the journey of 30-year-old Maja as she comes to terms with losing her child at birth.

Six months on, a family gathering paints an intimate portrait of the rippling impact this has across several generations. 

Pieces of a Woman will be showing for a limited run at Battersea Arts Centre in Lavender Hill, Battersea, on May 22 and 23.

Kata Wéber, Pieces of a Woman playwright, said: “While the theatrical version is more responsive to the plight of women in Eastern Europe, where old attitudes still strongly define norms within the family and society, Maya’s story carries a universal message, about women’s liberties and  characterises a society beset by political divisions. 

“For me, it is a story as much about loss as it is about new beginnings, about the times when overcoming adversity allows us to redefine our identities.”

The original theatre production of Pieces of a Woman premiered at TR Warszawa in Poland, in 2018, touring at festivals across the country and throughout Europe.

The work was then commissioned for a Netflix feature film which premiered at Venice International Film Festival in 2020, led by director Kornél Mundruczó with screenplay by playwright Kata Wéber, and performances from Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf and Ellen Burstyn. 

The film received widespread acclaim with both an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination for Vanessa Kirby as Best Leading Actress.

Critics have praised the film’s camera work, describing the 23-minute single shot used in its opening as one of the most powerful ever filmed.

The skillful use of the camera has also made its way into this theatre production with short sequences projected onto the stage.

Book tickets to Pieces of a Woman at Battersea Arts Centre this May here

Pictured top: TR Warszawa’s Pieces of a Woman by Kata Wéber and Kornél Mundruczó (Picture: Natalia Kabanow)

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