Live Theatre on the Streets

Do you remember when I wrote in a post Theatre in Your Home pointing out to some ways of watching theatre plays from your home?

Now it’s summer and… the street theatres time. Performing on busy streets, for free! What a great idea!

Few weeks ago a street theatre festival – Sztuka ulicy – has ended, but it’s not the end of street theatres. Krystyna Janda‘s theatres: Polonia and Och Teatr have street performances until the end of August. Every day at 17:00 there is a performance, several different plays a week. Unless it rains.

Lament na Placu KonstytucjiI had watched the “Lament na Placu Konstytucji” play. It’s a story of 3 women: daughter, mother and grandmother each telling about their lives, hopes  and problems. It’s a play from 2007, but still very “it sounds so realistic and up to date”.

The plays (in July) are on Plac Konstytucji, one of the major Warsaw squares with lots of buses and trams around. I had no chance to watch other plays yet (time issues), but I see that those plays gather a big audience. It’s not just “viewers by accident”, who are also in the audience lead by the live performance while waiting for bus, but people come there fully prepared, with their own stools. that’s a great idea, because the benches provided by the theatre are not enough.

This won’t be the last play I see, definitely.  I thought the play was great and well done, so I’ll make sure I’ll watch the others… And eventually go for a ticketed performance to Krystyna Janda’s theatre. I was familiar with this theatre only because of its name, but now I’m convinced it’s worth going there…

See the July 2014 repertoire on Plac Konstytucji and come for the show!

Do you watch street performances? What do you think about such an event?


Operacja Reszka

Some time ago, I was writing about various ways to watch theatre plays at home. One of them was Polish Teatr Telewizji (TV Theatre) which every week shows a play.

Operacja “Reszka”

I watched one of the plays. It was called “Operacja Reszka” (Operation ‘Tails’).  It had its première in 2010, but better late than never.

Operacja Reszka
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Theatre in Your Home – is it good or bad?

Today’s post was supposed to be about a book. A book review. But I changed my plans because I saw a strange post. A strange and surprising post. And I’m so surprised and shocked by it, that I have to write about it. About theatre. A theatre in your house.

It all started (for me) with an article in The Guardian (British portal), titled “Why digital theatre poses no threat to live performance“. Are you as confused as me when I read that? Let me explain what the story is about. I have to warn you, it’ll be long.

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