Polish Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018

Polish Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018

The 2018 Edinburgh Fringe will be particularly exciting for those interested in Polish theatre.

Established Polish Theatres at the Festival

The multi-award-winning Teatr Biuro Podróży comes to Edinburgh with two shows. The multi-awarded Carmen Funebre, performed at the Fringe twenty-three years ago, focuses on the impact of the war in the context of the Bosnian conflict. Teatr Biuro Podróży will show it only for four days (August 16-19). Their new outdoor production Silence. Cisza W Troi [Silence. The Silence In Troy] will be performed for the entire festival (August 3-19, 21-26). This sequel to Carmen Funebre responds to the refugee crisis and displacement.

The highly acclaimed Komuna//Warszawa will bring their Cezary Idzie Na Wojnę [Cezary Goes To War] described by a Polish critic Krystyna Duniec as a “sensational” production that “unmasks totalitarian character of patriarchy and the violence-centered vision of the world.” Cezary Idzie Na Wojnę explores these issues through the lens of military recruitment assessments and war itself. We wrote about this show in our special report from the 2017 Divine Comedy Festival.

Inspired by Poland

The Fringe will also welcome productions from the UK that are rooted in Polish Theatre and history.

Come To Daddy, originating from Rose Bruford, claims to be inspired by Tadeusz Kantor and his Cricot 2 Theatre. Dr. Korczak’s Example by Strange Town Theatre Company looks at the final days of the Warsaw Ghetto and the heroic Janusz Korczak. Legend has it that he refused his life to be saved and chose to accompany Jewish orphans on their way to Treblinka camp.

If you are in Edinburgh this August, do not miss these exciting Polish-inspired productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival!


This post was written by the author in their personal capacity. The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not reflect the view of The Theatre Times, their staff or collaborators.

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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