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When a Few Laps of the Swimming Pool Won't Cut It

Author(s): Pola Sobaś-Mikołajczyk
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut im. Jerzego Grotowskiego
Keywords: review; Teatr Dramatyczny w Wałbrzychu; TR Warszawa; Grzegorz Jarzyna; Anna Augustynowicz; "Męczennicy"; Teatr Współczesny w Szczecinie; Marius von Mayenburg

Summary/Abstract: Pola Sobaś-Mikołajczyk reviews two stage adaptations of Marius von Mayenburg's drama Martyrs, directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna (TR Warsaw, premiere: 14.04.2015) and by Anna Augustynowicz (Dramatyczny Theater in Wałbrzych and Współczesny Theater in Szczecin, premiere: 11.10.2014). The author puts forward the thesis that the two stagings are opposite interpretations of the text, which means they enter an interesting sort of dialogue. To her mind Augustynowicz's play tackles the theme of the fragility of the secular world-view in the face of fanaticism, while Jarzyna's performance draws from the ideological debate on the interference of the Catholic Church in secular institutions and investigates the power (political or otherwise) of fundamentalism backed by unshakeable faith.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 127-128
  • Page Range: 112-114
  • Page Count: 3