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The Road to Damascus

13 December 2013
  National Stary Theatre - Main Stage #Helena

Directed by:

Jan Klata


August Strindberg


130 min.


50 PLN / 30 PLN tickets available in box office of Stary Theatre only + 48 12 422 90 80

Jan Klata’s play that premiered at The National Stary Theatre in Krakow, inaugurating the season devoted to the work of Konrad Swinarski, one of the outstanding Polish theatre directors, presents the audience with a diagnosis of the modern spiritual and religious condition of humanity. The performance is based on Swedish author August Strindberg’s play of the same title, written in 1898, which marked a new direction for European theatre. The action of the play, and the show itself, is comprised of several loosely-linked episodes that depict an inner journey of the protagonist who serves as an “everyman”, reflecting the major moral and existential dilemmas of an ordinary human being. Both Strindberg and Klata deliberately refer to the biblical story of Saint Paul The Apostle and his conversion, making it a kind of a metaphorical frame for the staged events. In Klata’s version these events are determined not only by the phantasmagorical poetics of a nightmare, but also fierce, sometimes brutal images showing a wide range of topics – among them the everlasting struggle between men and women and insanity – while some of them serve as metaphysical digressions. The director illustrates them with a truly eclectic soundtrack with psychedelic numbers played alongside the works of Radiohead and dance hits; in particular the unforgettable Army of Lovers’ song, Crucified


Adaptation, soundtrack, directed by Jan Klata

Adaptation and dramaturgy by Sebastian Majewski

Scenography by Mirek Kaczmarek       

Choreography by Maćko Prusak

Photo by Magda Hueckel


Aldona Grochal,  Katarzyna Krzanowska, Beata Paluch, Dorota Segda,  Krzysztof Globisz, Adam Nawojczyk,  Krzysztof Zarzecki, Marcin Czarnik, Justyna Wasilewska