|10 December 2015
||Laznia Nowa Theatre — Main Stage|
Directed by:Ewelina Marciniak
Based on the acclaimed novel by Szczepan Twardoch, which won Politika’s Passport Award, Ewelina Marciniak’s play by the same name offers a fresh and revelatory vision of Polish history. In this slapstick/vaudevillian performance, identity dilemmas are confronted with the experience of World War II, but most of all with everyday reality soaked in alcohol and drugs. The protagonist, Konstanty Willeman (Paweł Smagała), a Warsaw native with Silesian roots, struggles with the everyday, walking a path of cultural and political turbulence, a bit tipsy. This unfaithful husband, cynical bastard and morphine addict tries desperately to find his way back. To the rhythm of songs stylized in the pre-war manner, performed live by the band Chłopcy Kontra Basia, Marciniak plays with cliché-like, schematic slogans around national symbols, crushing Polishness, Germanness and Silesianness together, creating a unique cultural melting pot that smashes any strict framework of coherent political and social constructs.
The play, produced by the Silesia Theatre in Katowice, lets some fresh air into a Polish Theatre where particular discourses around memory and history have gotten played out over the course of the last couple years. Juggling many different conventions and mashing up elements of drag shows, Weimar cabaret and dramaturgically bold scenes taken straight from the circus, the point here is not to criticize national myths and unpack them. Instead, Marciniak proposes a captivating theatrical tale, comprised of criminal, melodramatic and comedic ingredients which originate from low-culture forms, which every crowd loves.
AFTER THE PLAY ON DECEMBER 10TH AT 17:15 WE WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO THE MEETING WITH THE AUDIENCE IN KLUB KOMBINATOR (OSIEDLE SZKOLNE 25) AROUND 19:30.
Directed by Ewelina Marciniak
Dramaturgy by Jarosław Murawski
Scenography by Katarzyna Borkowska
Costumes by Katarzyna Borkowska, Paula Grocholska
Music by Chłopcy Kontra Basia (Barbara Derlak, Marcin Nenko, Tomasz Waldowski / Michał Heller)
Choreography by Dominika Knapik
Lighting design by Katarzyna Borkowska
Make up: Wioleta Krysiak, Teresa Melek
Stage Manager: Marcin Całka