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SZ. TWARDOCH
Drach


Opening night
21.10.2018

The Main Stage
2 h 15 min.

Regular Tickets:
25 zł - 60 zł

Reduced FareTickets:
20 zł - 45 zł


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PRODUCERS

Robert Talarczyk dramatisation, director
Katarzyna Borkowska set design and lighting design
Magdalena Musiał costumes
Kaya Kołodziejczyk choreography
Piotr Kotas music
Wojtek Doroszuk video art
Zbigniew Wróbel assistant director
Miłosz Markiewicz, Artur Pałyga dramaturgical cooperation
Aleksandra Cierpisz German language consultations

Dagmara Habryka-Białas stage manager
Maria Machowska, Piotr Roszczenko light
Marcin Łyczkowski, Mirosław Witek sound
Marcin Müller screening design
Marcin Całka, Barbara Dudek prompters
Małgorzata Długowska-Błach executive producer
Maciej Rokita technical director


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CAST

Bartłomiej Błaszczyński Drach
Anna Kadulska Hcard
Mateusz Znaniecki Josef Magnor
Barbara Lubos Valeska Magnor, Josef’s wife
Anna Lemieszek Caroline Ebersbach
Michał Rolnicki Nikodem Gemander
Jan Bógdoł Józef Pindur
Agnieszka Radzikowska The girl who slipped away (Dorota / Justyna Zielińska)
Grzegorz Przybył Wojciech Czoik
Grażyna Bułka Gela Magnor, Ernst’s wife
Marcin Szaforz Ernst Magnor, Josef’s son
Katarzyna Brzoska Dolores Ebersbach, Caroline’s mother
Marcin Gaweł Reinhold Ebersbach, Dolores’s husband
Wiesław Sławik Stanisław Gemander, Nikodem’s father
Anna Wesołowska Natalia Gemander, Nikodem’s mother
Kaśka Dudek Katarzyna Gemander, Nikodem’s wife
Alina Chechelska Gertruda Magnor, Josef’s mother
Adam Baumann Wilhelm Magnor, Josef’s father
Violetta Smolińska Anna-Marie, Gela’s friend
Marek Rachoń Heinrich Lamla, drawing teacher
Michał Piotrowski August Lomania / Soviet soldier
Antoni Gryzik Piotr Gemander (uncle Pyjter), Stanisław’s brother
Zbigniew Wróbel Doctor
Kamil Suszczyk lover of Dolores Ebersbach, Caroline’s father / Heinz Gillner / Soviet soldier
Dawid Ściupidro Carl Volkmann, photographer / Willi, German soldier / Soviet soldier
​Piotr Kotas Musician




THE POSTER/PROGRAMME

DRACH

A story about a beautiful but also tragic fate of two families. Josef Magnor, a Silesian miner and insurgent, is separated from Nikodem Gemander, his great-grandson and successful architect, by over 100 years of history, but they still share a lot – from blood ties, through ancestral fate, to the extraordinary gift of self-destruction. The fate of the individual characters of this unusual saga is united by wars and uprisings, death and birth, as well as love, betrayals and dreams that will never come true. Above all, they are joined by the figure of an observer and narrator, Drach, who is the land, who sees the past and the future, who speaks in all languages, for whom human matters have no meaning and for whom everything is now. The spectacle in the aesthetics of a cabaret (set by Katarzyna Borkowska) is accompanied by a musician playing live music.

 

The spectacle at Teatr Śląski was the premiere adaptation and staging of “Drach” by Szczepan Twardoch – one of the most important contemporary writers in Poland. Twardoch has been honoured with many prestigious awards, including the Polityka’s Passport and the Kościelski Award, Brücke Berlin-Preis, Silesia Literary Laurel, Onet O!Lśnienie Cultural Award, Nike Audience Award and a record number of nominations (including to the Nike, Gdynia and Angelus awards). The rights to his novel have been sold to several countries. The premiere of “The King” in the United States is planned for 2020. Based on this novel, a Canal+ show is being created.

Production of St. Wyspiański Teatr Śląski in Katowice and Teatr Ziemi Rybnickiej under the patronage of the city of Rybnik.



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MEDIA ON THE PLAY

Do not let the frenetic convention of this brutal cabaret of Silesian history fool you. “Drach” by Talarczyk is indeed a touching and melancholic tribute to people who remain nobody to the world and whose pain cannot be underestimated. I cannot write about it without emotions, because at the most personal level (memories, family mythology) the excellent spectacle of Teatr Śląski seems very real to me.
Wojciech Rusinek, artPAPIER

 

Many images and words create a memorable impression, making up a very bitter portrait of people running after the illusion of happiness. And they discover, again and again, that this happiness is just smoke and mirrors, an introduction to failure, another giggle of fate.
Henryka Wach-Malicka, “Dziennik Zachodni”

 

I will not easily forget the scene with Valeska, brilliantly played by Barbara Lubos, when (very clearly!) at one time she is a young woman, and at other times - an old woman getting ready to die. The scenes with the tragicomic Grażyna Bułka as Gela also bring enlivenment. Not to mention the great mastery of Silesian dialect of both ladies, which clearly stands out. There are no protagonists in this saga, which means that everyone is the main character.

Marta Odziomek, “Gazeta Wyborcza Katowice”

 

The form of theatrical adaptation is as if taken from Bob Fosse's “Cabaret”. The master of the clownish and nostalgic ceremony is a hermaphrodite couple played by Anna Kadulska and Bartłomiej Błaszczyński; it is the Drach-narrator who presents the 20th-century saga of Magnors, Gemanders and Czoiks condemned to two world wars, uprisings, the Plebiscite, and Nazi and Soviet occupation. This café mood is co-created by a musician accompanying them from the loge. (...) A smooth script, dazzling stage design, atmospheric music, good acting.
Krystian Węgrzynek, wachtyrz.eu

 

After the release of ”Drach”, Szczepan Twardoch, in the crossfire of questions, confessed that if he had had to stage it, it would have been with a method of settings. Talarczyk does not reach for Hellinger, but undoubtedly “Drach” is a game of set-ups and overheads. One can get a bump. But maybe this is what it is about.
Monika Gorzelak, artPAPIER