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Fri 19 Sep 2014, 8:00pm
Sat 20 Sep 2014, 2:00pm
Sat 20 Sep 2014, 8:00pm

Where: The Whitehorse Centre, 397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: ard7

Rachel Berger is well known as a comedian who delivers rapid-fire lines with assertive virtuosity. In Hold The Pickle however, she leaves the microphone behind and opens the door of her parents’ delicatessen to deliver stories of love, loss and longing, fear and belonging. Oh, and schnitzels.

Berger’s Delicatessen was at 101 Acland Street, St Kilda, and in the 1960s and 70s Acland Street was an oasis where Europeans from all over Melbourne came to speak in their mother tongue, to laugh, to cry and to eat … and eat … and eat. Their hearts and families were broken by war and geography and many more were polluted with grief and betrayal. In this true story we meet Berger’s parents, also broken, but like so many others they defied their captors and with a measure of love, energy and imagination rebuilt their lives.

This is no mere sentimental nostalgia trip, Berger creates an emotionally-rich portrait of her parents’ life story, and her own, where scores of characters come to life to raise our spirits and fill our hearts. Experience the laughter, the tears, the tenderness and the love.

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