Marta Gusniowska (Polish Contemporary Playwrights)

Marta Gusniowska © privatA Glance Around the Polish TYA 5

In Poland contemporary plays for children are well-known and often staged nowadays. As Polish TYA is closely related to puppet theatre many of the pieces are dedicated to perform with puppets. The most favored playwright is Marta Gusniowska, who writes original pieces as well as fairy tales’ adaptations. She deconstructs the schemes and characters of the fairy tales and her pieces are full of both linguistic humour and situational comedy. Language’s deconstruction is another feature of her playwriting. Although there are many linguistic games in Marta’s plays, some of them were translated into English, German and a couple of Slavic languages. The plays of Marta Gusniowska, which are also open for productions with actors, can be obtained by the agency Stowarzyszenie Autorów ZaiKS http://www.zaiks.org.pl/ . For more read on: http://www.jugendtheater.net/en/poland/gusniowska .

This series by Agata Drwiega on http://www.jugendtheater.net is dedicated to Polish contemporary theatre for children where various influences come across. It is easy to find there both traditional puppet performances and shows based on modern plays. In the posts we present some drafts of the interesting and worth-to-be-mentioned performances, tendencies, publications and events, which took place in Poland recently.

With Fire in the Head. A meeting about German dramaturgy for young adults

Z ogniem w głowie 2016 Titelseite des Programmheftes A Glance around Polish TYA 4

From the 18th to 22nd of October 2016 the second meeting about German dramaturgy for young adults  ‚Z ogniem w głowie‘ took place in the Dramatyczny Theatre in Wałbrzych. Both the presentations of the German plays and the speeches of the Polish and German guests were new and innovative. What I found most inspiring is the idea of plays written for youth which catch also the interest of adults. In Poland there are many plays written for adults which are appropriate for youngsters too. But the first option leads TYA to more democratic events for instance for a mixed-aged-audience – in contrast to shows whose main topic is addressed to children but also contains numerous subtexts for adults only. For more read on: http://www.jugendtheater.net/en/poland/firehead

This series by Agata Drwięga on http://www.jugendtheater.net is dedicated to Polish contemporary theatre for children where various influences come across. It is easy to find there both traditional puppet performances and shows based on modern plays. In the posts we present some drafts of the interesting and worth-to-be-mentioned performances, tendencies, publications and events, which took place in Poland recently.

What’s new? A meeting about theatre for young adults

junges theater basel: Flex © Piotr BędziszewskiA Glance Around Polish TYA 3

Between the 14th and 17th October 2016 in the ‚Miniatura‘ Theatre in Gdańsk a professional meeting ‚What’s new?‘ (Co nowego?) took place. It was dedicated to contemporary theatre for young adults, which in Poland is mainly represented by a sort of ‚in-yer-face theatre‘. In addition to the presentations of the foreign and Polish performances, three round tables were organized. We discussed how German and Swiss artists deal with this topic and we confronted it with our Polish experiences. In our opinion also in Poland theatres should give young adults more opportunities to attend performances by themselves. For more read on: http://www.jugendtheater.net/en/poland/whatsnew

This series by Agata Drwięga on http://www.jugendtheater.net is dedicated to Polish contemporary theatre for children where various influences come across. It is easy to find there both traditional puppet performances and shows based on modern plays. In the posts we present some drafts of the interesting and worth-to-be-mentioned performances, tendencies, publications and events, which took place in Poland recently.

At the Campfire

25th Professional Meeting in Orzycko 2016 © Izabela NowackaA Glance around the Polish TYA 2

The beginning of September is a special time for contemporary Polish dramaturgy – at that time the new edition of ‚Nowe Sztuki dla Dzieci i Młodzieży‘ (‚New Plays for Children and Young People‘) is published and the yearly professional meeting in Obrzycko takes place. This event has a long tradition and this year’s gathering was extraordinary for a number of reasons. We celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Competition for a Play for Children and Young People, the 40th edition of ‚Nowe Sztuki‘ and the 25th professional meeting. The main theme which was discussed this year was the presence of varied forms of funniness in contemporary plays. For more read on: www.jugendtheater.net/poland/campfire

This series by Agata Drwięga on www.jugendtheater.net is dedicated to Polish contemporary theatre for children where various influences come across. It is easy to find there both traditional puppet performances and shows based on modern plays. In the posts we present some drafts of the interesting and worth-to-be-mentioned performances, tendencies, publications and events, which took place in Poland recently.

Poetic Street Performance

W kole © Albert Roca Macia, Baj Theater's archive A Glance
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The majority of Polish theatres is municipal and don’t stage performances during the summer. Then they keep in touch with the audience by organizing workshops or playing out-door shows. Based on Krystyna Miłobędzka’s play and directed by Sebastian Świąder ‚W kole‘ is a poetic performance inspired by children’s games and the every-day reality in the courtyards of Praga, one of Warsaw’s districts. There is no stage but a circle drawn by children on the ground. In the circle five actors play games evolving stories about people-to-people relationships. Children watch it carefully and understand clearly while adults need some explanations. For more read on: www.jugendtheater.net/en/poland/poetic

This new series by Agata Drwięga on www.jugendtheater.net is dedicated to Polish contemporary theatre for children where various influences come across. It is easy to find there both traditional puppet performances and shows based on modern plays. In the next posts we will present some drafts of the interesting and worth-to-be-mentioned performances, tendencies, publications and events, which took place in Poland recently.