Teatroterapia LublinSix Characters in Search of an Author
Pirandell’s play adapted by Maria Pietrusza-Budzyńska shows characters who generate their doubts and reasons to be on constant theatre journey. They are looking for someone to write down their biographies, give them names and determine their role. All characters that appear onstage come from the real world and bring their own story to the performance. Father, Mother, Stepdaughter, Son, Boy, Girl, Mrs Pace, are all looking for something else; authority, relief, love, happiness, fame and truth. Pirandell’s world is a total
theatre where everyone has their own role, theatre that invades their lives and forces people to play. Who are the people who reached for Pirandell’s play? Will the image created by the actors of the Lublin Drama Therapy create their identity in Theatre? How do they direct their own biography by entering Theatre and how will it change their own awareness and the awareness of the “normal” people? Is otherness (disability) used as means of creation an oxymoron? Or is it simply an attempt to find their own place on the stage of life? The Actors of Lublin Drama Therapy playing (with) life ask a question about their identity. Are they pretending to be actors or are the actors pretending to be them? Pirandell’s play in the interpretation of the Lublin Drama Therapy becomes sensational, because it shows an actor with all their doubts and reasons for being on this constant theatre journey…
For fifteen years Lublin Drama Therapy has been creating social wealth by manifesting the presence of disabled people in our life and culture through theatre. What is more, it sets new trends in Polish theatre by proposing the model for working with “the otherexcluded-( ab)normal” and developing their acting skills. Every performance by Lublin Drama Therapy reflects a separate stage of an intimate journey through the time of growing up and liberation of the disabled actors in discovering themselves and the sense of their life. It is a quest for individual theatre language that leads to facing one’s fears.