The Fifth Quarter of the Globe

Opening night

The Main Stage
2 h 15 min.

Regular Tickets:
25 – 60 zł

Reduced FareTickets:
20 – 45 zł




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Robert Talarczyk director and text adaptator
Ewa Satalecka stage design, costumes i drawings
Maria Machowska lignitning director and operator 
Przemysław Sokół music
Katarzyna Kostrzewa movement
Zbigniew Wróbel director’s designer
Zuzanna Szyszak animations
Dagmara Habryka stage manager
Mikołaj Lichtański, Mirosław Witek sound operator 
Marcin Müller projections operator
Krzysztof Lisiak photo shoot




Dariusz Chojnacki Hero
Artur Święs Lucjan
Bartłomiej Błaszczyński Alojz, Grandpa Wawrzek’s Alter ego 
Andrzej Dopierała Father
Barbara Lubos / Izabella Malik Mother
Ewa Leśniak Marianna
Grażyna Bułka / Alina Chechelska Mrs Chrobok
Bernard Krawczyk Grandpa Wawrzek
Alina Chechelska / Violetta Smolińska Granny Halźbieta
Marcin Szaforz Heniek Bassist, Karlik
Agnieszka Radzikowska / Aleksandra Przybył Adela
Katarzyna Kowalczuk Izabela Blackleg, Ema, Singeress 
Ewa Kutynia Rebeka, Jorg’s Granny, Singeress, Mother at railway station, Alicja
Anna Kadulska Buli’s Mother, Jorg’s Mother, Singeress, Mother at railway station, Alicja’s Mother, Truda – Karlik’s Wife, Neighbouress at wedding 
Andrzej Warcaba Albin Lompa, Suchanek, Bauer Grundman, Jew on train, dr Hawranek
Adam Kopciuszewski (guest appearance) Jew at market, Priest Dziędziela, Bula’s Father, Bauer, Officer conductor, Chrobok
Wiesław Kupczak Insurgent, Wallotek, Frydek Orendorz, Bauer, Neighbour at wedding,  Patient
Zbigniew Wróbel Insurgent, Tildeman, Jorg’s, Bauer, Foreman, Priest at Lucjan’s wedding 
Jerzy Kuczera Jew at market, Lebel, Jorg’s Grandpa, Koperniok Organist 
Michał Piotrowski (guest appearance) German boy, Tildeman’s  Alter-ego, Jorg, Boy condemned to forced labour, Patient
Grzegorz Lamik (student of Theatre School) Rufus, Bula, Stationmaster, Hubert, Boy condemned to forced labour, Patient
Marek Rachoń Jew form Sosnowiec, Priest Alojz’s friend
Marek Andrysek (guest appearance) Zygmunt Pniok -  Accordionist
Sebastian Krysiak, Sylwester Pozłótko, Jerzy Śpiewakowski (extras from technical crew)




Silesia, or rather tiny part of it, Szopienice at boundary river Brynica. That’a where Kazimierz Kutz placed action of his debut novel. Oustanding film and stage director (also co-worker of Teatr Śląski) contained there rich and colourful picture of residents’ life, full of everyday events and of historic importance, recording local anecdots and common people’s portraits, where everyone has its own unique story worth remembering. This way has been created fascinating and events-thick story about a place especially close to main character’s heart, his fifth quarter of the globe. 
Silesia, the fifth quarter of the globe, is a place, where borders blur and history plays with people and nations. You can’t push it into rigid framework nor to tell its story from start to end. One can only try to unveil it piece after piece, compile from thousand funny, mysterious and fascinating human histories. 
One of the most important Teatr Śląski performances of last decade, well-known in whole country. A story theatre produced with great sensibility to things local and same time universal.


Pokazywane Na Festiwalach Nagrodzone Tematyka Śląska Bestseller Prapremiera


Robert Talarczyk manages to dominate Kutz’s many plots prose and makes out of it wonderful ballad, sometimes lyrical, somtimes ruthless in presenting difficult history of Silesia. 

"Gazeta Wyborcza” Warszawa


Talarczyk’s ascetic performance runs on empty stage, brought back to life by backstage projections and trapdoors, is built by three elements. Still present narrator Dariusz Chojnacki, who perferctly keeps a curb on the whole.Katarzyna Kostrzewa dazzling stage design, who proposed individual movement profile to every character, and told many situations outright using language of modern dance.(…) third element are Teatr Śląski actors for whom this performance is real coup de force. Legendary Kutz’s actor Bernard Krawczyk as Granpa Wawrzek, prone to fight, drink and honourary deeds. Grażyna Bułka, Ewa Leśniak, Barbara Lubos as iron Silesian mothers. Eccentric and melancholic Andrzej Dopierała’s Father, dainty and fragile Bartłomiej Błaszczykowski’s Alozj and Alojz Święs’ somanbulist Lucjan. 



Decoration- and excess-of-furniture-free stage becomes a place, where a tale about "the fifth quarter of the globe" is created by colourful human polyphony. Using a few props and costumes Talarczyk creates different situations and places.      


In "The Fifth Quarter of the Globe” nothing bothers. Kutz pugnacious in his journalism and politics, in his first novel (foundation of the perfomance) is different; reflective and lyrical. He describes his compatriots’ traditional rits but he respects their ambition, self-awareness, ingrained dignity. He observes historic paradoxes, mingles the living and the dead, comedy and tragedy. 



It’s not a performance with Silesian list of demands, it’s not a political-social petition, nor folk imaginary tale from a folksy hadicraft shop. Three generation: eighty-year-old Kutz, forty-year-old Talarczyk and thirty-year-old Chojnacki set themselves artistically against past and modern Silesia (…) "The Fifth Quarter of the Globe" marks on one hand the maturest literary tale form (novel and its adaptation is simply a piece of good literature) on the other very well-thought-of staging, with theatre look absent in previous performance on this region history. And last this is Teatr Śląski without inferiority complex, finely playing troupe and director who not only knows what, but knows how to tell that, what he has to tell. 

 "Gazeta Wyborcza" Katowice


I don’t remember when lately I was so glad about other artist’s success as during last year gala of giving awards during Sopot 14th Polish Radio Theatre and Polish TV Theatre Festival "Two Theatres" (…) suddenly I hear as chairing the gala Artur Orzech begins to say: "The award for creative tv production of performance The Fifth  Quarter of the Globe goes to Leszek Ptaszyński!"

Ingmar Villqist in column in "Gazeta Wyborcza"


Some time ago in yearly Theatre Institute in Warszawa Contest for best Polish text in last season performance of Teatr Ślaski won 1st place for "The Fifth Quarter of the Globe". It’s a success that didn’t happen for a long time in this theatre. 22nd September, half a year after premiere, the performance was presented in Teatr Polski in Warszawa. Auditorium was filled to capacity, audience excellent, and ovation the same as in Katowice. 

Kazimierz Kutz in column in "Gazety Wyborczej"


> First prize at 19th All-Poland Contest for Polish Modern Staging (team award)
> 9 nominations in prestigious ranking "The Best" in "Teatr" monthly, (14 most important Polish critics jury). Honourary mentions; best text adaptation, best director (R. Talarczyk), best stage design (E. Satalecka), best actor (D. Chojnacki)
> Golden Mask 2013, best performance
> Golden Mask 2013, best director, R. Talarczyk
> Golden Mask 2013, best actor, D. Chojnacki
> Golden Mask 2013, best music, nomination, P. Sokół
> Two Theatres Festival 2014, award for tv production of theatre presentation, R. Talarczyk
Two Theatres Festival 2014, award for creative text adaptation, R. Talarczyk for K. Kutz’s novel adaptation
> Two Theatres Festival 2014, honourary mention, acting, D. Chojnacki
Two Theatres Festival 2014, creative tv production of theatre performance, L. Ptaszyński for  production of "The Fifht Quarter of the Globe", dir. R. Talarczyk 
> The Bydgoszcz World Premieres Festival, best music, P. Sokół
The Konrad Swinarski Award, theatre director, nomination, R. Talarczyk
> The Alexander Zelwerowicz Award, best actor, nomination, D. Chojnacki
> Award during 14th Moravia and Silesia Theatres Festival in Czech Republic for "magic mapping of Silesian people’s fate"


> 12th The Bydgoszcz World Premieres Festival
The Lokers Festival, The Helena Modrzejewska Theatre, Legnica
> Nówka Sztuka, presentation organized by Instytut Teatralny, Teatr Polski in Warszawa 
> Registation and editing for Teatr Telewizji, co-production with TVP, Katowice branch, TVP Kultura broadcasting