28 May 2021 - 28 May 2021

Six Artists in Search of a Play

DZIADY/FOREFATHERS' EVE

By Adam Mickiewicz, in a translation by Charles S. Kraszewski. Dramaturgy by Dr. Kasia Lech

Directed By Nastazja Domaradzka

Running Time: Approx. 1 hour & 10 mins

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production information

This semi-staged reading will take place at the Almeida, as part of Six Artists in Search of a Play.

Polish political prisoner Gustav finds himself incarcerated for nationalistic activities against Tsar Alexander I. Through Part III of Dziady/Forefathers’ Eve, he is re-Christened as Konrad and transformed from the maudlin, self-absorbed lover, to the impassioned revolutionary, striving to bring his nation together and free his people from oppression.

Dziady/Forefathers’ Eve is the best-known work of Adam Mickiewicz, widely accepted as Poland’s greatest poet. Considered a significant work of European Romanticism, Mickiewicz’s poetic drama is presented on a British stage for the first time in this radical feminist staging.

In this adaptation, Mickiewicz's characters embody the here and now of the global contemporary world whilst directly addressing the history of Poland and its current political turmoil. An all-female cast take to the Almeida stage to readdress the power imbalance so often present in classical text.

Nastazja Domaradzka on why she chose this play: “A year on after theatres closed; a year of grief, protests, movements rising, a year when Britain exited the EU, a year in which the class privileges became even more visible, a year that called for the work that we present to be speaking to here and now, Mickiewicz’s verse seems just as relevant in this awakening world as it did in 1960s Poland when the Soviets tried to ban it. Yet it is more than apparent that this particular moment in time calls for the text to be played with and disrupted, hence an all-female cast takes to the Almeida stage; the Slavic spirit of resistance so present in Mickiewicz’s verse, fuelled by a new perspective.”

Don't miss the accompanying event You Who Wronged & Polish Theatre And The Revolution Panel.

Dates & Tickets

Friday 28 May 7pm
£10 (£5 Concessions)

Concessions
To ensure the Almeida is accessible to as many people as possible we’re offering £5 tickets to anyone who is:
- Aged 30 or under
- A student
- D/deaf or disabled plus their companion
- Aged 65 or over
- Claiming Jobseekers Allowance
- Living or working in Islington (use code ISFIRST to unlock)
A theatre or creative industries worker (use code INDUSTRY to unlock)

Simply select your ticket type when booking, and bring proof of eligibility for your performance.

Digital Recording
This performance will also be filmed. By attending this performance in-person you are agreeing to potentially being recorded and included in the digital recording of this production.

A live recording of the Dziady/Forefathers' Eve reading will be released on the Almeida YouTube channel in the near future. Audio description and closed captions will both be available on the recording.

Additional information

We’ve put in a number of steps to ensure our audiences are safe when visiting the Almeida, including socially distanced seating and flexible ticket exchanges. Find out more about how we’re welcoming audiences back here.

Please note there will be strictly no latecomers for this performance.

The running time is approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. Find out more about our running times here.

Read more about our production guidance and warnings, or contact Box Office if you have specific concerns.

Cast & Creatives

Direction Nastazja Domaradzka
By Adam Mickiewicz
Translation Charles S. Kraszewski
Dramaturg Dr. Kasia Lech
Composer & Sound Designer Nicola Chang
Lighting Designer Fraser Craig

Cast
Edyta Budnik
Pamela Jikiemi
Danaja Wass
Kudzanayi Chiwawa
Michelle Barwood
Naomi Knox
Pat Dynowska

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