Jacek Sieradzki Announces The End Of The Contemporary Polish Plays Problem: The 2018 Awards For Staging Contemporary Polish Plays

Jacek Sieradzki Announces The End Of The Contemporary Polish Plays Problem: The 2018 Awards For Staging Contemporary Polish Plays

Last week, the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute announced the winners of the 24th National Competition for Staging Contemporary Polish Plays.

The Grand Prix went to the Opole Theatre of the Puppet and the Actor for their production Zagubiony chłopiec [The Lost Boy] written by Artur Pałyga and directed by Paweł Passini. Passini also won the directing prize. Zagubiony chłopiec is aimed at 10-year-old and older spectators and explores the virtual world of gaming and cyberspace.

Jan Czapliński, Magda Fertacz, and Marta Guśniowska got awards for their plays: Bzik. Ostatnia minuta [The Craze. Last Minute] and SIENKIEWICZ SUPERSTAR (Czapliński), Puppenhaus. Kuracja [Puppenhaus. The Therapy] (Fertacz), and Marvin (Guśniowska). Maja Kleszcz got a prize for music to Ewelina Marciniak’s stagings of Bzik. Ostatnia Minuta at the Współczesny Theatre in Szczecin.

Bzik. Ostatnia minuta [ The Craze. Last Minute] by Jan Czapliński, dir. by Ewelina Marciniak, Teatr Współczesny w Szczecinie, Photograph by Natalia Kabanow.

Bzik. Ostatnia Minuta [ The Craze. Last Minute] by Jan Czapliński, dir. by Ewelina Marciniak, Teatr Współczesny w Szczecinie, Photograph by Natalia Kabanow.

Acting prizes went to Krystyna Janda, Matylda Baczyńska, Justyna Wasilewska, Sara Celler-Jezierska, Agnieszka Żulewska, and Dawid Żłobiński.

One of the judges, Jacek Sieradzki (an eminent Polish theatre critic) said in his closing notes:

“This competition was created to encourage Polish authors to write and Polish theatres to stage contemporary Polish plays–we do not have this problem anymore. We are finishing this theatre season and, at the same time, we are finishing a great effort by theatres.”

 

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About The Author

Kasia Lech

regional managing editor - Poland

Kasia Lech is a scholar, actor, storyteller, puppeteer, and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Music and Performing Arts at Canterbury Christ Church University. Prior to her arrival at CCCU in 2013, Kasia worked as a guest Lecturer in Drama at University College Dublin in Ireland and as an Assistant Lecturer in Verse Speaking at the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Wrocław in Poland. Kasia trained as an actor in puppetry and has performed in numerous productions in Poland and Ireland, including starring as the Grey Cat, a puppet that co-hosted the awarded live TV show for children CyberMysz on Polish national television. Kasia is a co-founder and the Artistic Liaison of Polish Theatre Ireland – a multicultural theatre company based in Dublin. She holds a PhD from University College Dublin; her research was supported by the Irish Research Council. She has published on verse and verse drama in contemporary performance, Spanish, Polish, and Irish theatres, translation, theatre and animal rights, and puppetry. Her research interests also include actor training and performance of poetry and her translation of Kate O’Shea’s poems has been published by Translation Ireland. Kasia also runs a project Bubble Revolution that engages with the process of performing translation and looks at the role of non-native speaking actors in staging translation.

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