H. Ch. Andersen Theatre, LublinEndgame
“Endgame” by S. Beckett is one of the greatest plays in the history of world drama. From the whole spectrum of problems addressed by the play, the most important in this performance (the first adaptation for a puppet theatre) seem to be becoming addicted to the surrounding we created, Clov’s dependence on his master, Hamm, the dependence of the piece of work on its creator. It’s hard to look at the four characters created by Beckett as human, both behaviour and image-wise. In the performance Hamm, the blind emotionless paralytic, is a puppet of impressive seize with a hunchback and a bony arm. The puppets of Nell and Nagg are also a bit ludicrous. Just like Hamm, they are bedridden and dependent entirely on Clov. And the whole performance is set in a space that reminds us of a cellar packed with piles of old clothes. H. Ch. Andersen Theatre was established in 1954. From the very beginning it drifted towards poetic repertoire. The performances that secured their position in the history of Polish puppet theatre are, among others: “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Little Prince” – by Stanisław Ochmański, “Dixi” by Agnieszka Osiecka directed by Bogusław Kierc and “The Snow Queen” directed by Włodzimierz Fełenczak. At the moment, apart from producing five premiers a year and playing regular performances for children, the theatre makes performances addressed to adult audience as well as organizes music events. The theatre presented their performances in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Greece, Denmark, Austria, Pakistan, Japan, France and Turkey.